Playing a real person can be a daunting task for an actress, particularly if that real person is an icon. It takes a good hair and makeup team to transform an actress into a legendary figure, but that actress must also possess a certain spark of the original in order to make her performance truly memorable.
From musicians to artists to visionary leaders, biopics have long been a Hollywood staple, and many actresses relish the opportunity to play someone they have always admired. A lucky few even manage to snag Oscars for it.
Below, check out some of the most incredible side by side comparisons of actresses and the real people they played. (And head over here for the gents.)