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    21 Side-By-Sides Of Famous Women Who Had Movies Made About Their Lives And The Actors Who Played Them

    The resemblance is UNCANNY.

    1. Halle Berry played Old Hollywood icon Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

    Halle has the same bone structure as Dorothy
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    Dandridge was the first Black woman to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

    2. Jennifer Lopez played Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the "Queen of Tejano Music," in Selena.

    J Lo captured Selena's essence perfectly
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    Selena was an influential Latin recording artist in the '80s and '90s.

    3. Felicity Jones played Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex.

    Felicity looks like a young version of RBG
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    Ginsburg was the second woman to serve as part of the US Supreme Court.

    4. Angelina Jolie played Gia Carangi, the first supermodel, in Gia.

    Angelina has the same sharp cheekbones and square jaw as Gia
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    Carangi was also one of the first openly gay models.

    5. Taraji P. Henson played Katherine Johnson, an important NASA mathematician during the Space Race, in Hidden Figures.

    Taraji is a fitting representation of Johnson
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    Her work helped the US send astronauts into space.

    6. Rosamund Pike played journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War.

    Rosamund wore an eye patch to play Colvin
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    Colvin has been called the "greatest war correspondent of her generation.”

    7. Salma Hayek played artist Frida Kahlo in Frida.

    Salma has Frida's trademark unibrow
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    Kahlo, one of Mexico's greatest artists, became famous for her deeply personal paintings.

    8. Queen Latifah played Bessie Smith, "The Empress of Blues," in Bessie.

    Queen Latifah brought Smith to life for a whole new generation
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    Smith was the music industry's first Black superstar.

    9. Hailie Sahar will play Sir Lady Java in an upcoming biopic.

    Hailie is just as gorgeous as Java
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    Java is a performer and trans rights activist who won a discrimination case against the LAPD in the California Supreme Court in the '60s.

    10. Angela Bassett played Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It.

    Angela sports Turner's iconic rockstar hairdo
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    Turner is known as the "Queen of Rock 'N Roll."

    11. Meryl Streep played chef Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

    Meryl and Julia both have curly hair
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    She helped introduce French cooking to American audiences through her TV show.

    12. Andra Day played Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

    Andra is the spitting image of Billie onstage
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    The jazz icon's unique vocal style helped change the conventions of modern singing.

    13. Sissy Spacek played country legend Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter.

    Sissy has the same face shape as Loretta
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    In 1972, Lynn become the first woman named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year.

    14. Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in Spencer.

    Kristen has a similar jawline and eyes to Diana
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    Diana was known as "the People's Princess."

    15. Michelle Williams played Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.

    Michelle sports Marilyn's iconic blonde hairstyle and beauty mark
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    Monroe overcame a difficult early life to become one of Hollywood's biggest icons.

    16. Madina Nalwanga played chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi in Queen of Katwe.

    Madina looks just like a young Phiona
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    Mutesi won the title of Woman Candidate Master in 2012.

    17. Lynn Whitfield played Josephine Baker in The Josephine Baker Story.

    Lynn has the same delicate features as Josephine
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    Baker was an activist and World War II spy as well as an incredibly successful performer.

    18. AnnaSophia Robb played Bethany Hamilton in Soul Surfer.

    AnnaSophia has the same nose and hair color as Bethany
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    Hamilton became a champion surfer after losing her arm in a shark attack.

    19. Cynthia Erivo played abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

    Cynthia portrays Tubman perfectly
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    Tubman is most known for her work as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.

    20. Judi Dench played novelist Iris Murdoch in Iris.

    Judi looks strikingly similar to Iris
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    Murdoch was a philosopher as well as an author.

    21. And finally, Barbra Streisand played comedian and actor Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

    young Barbara looks exactly like Fanny Brice
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    Brice rose to fame through her performances in the Ziegfeld Follies.

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