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These Side by Side Comparisons of Actresses and the Real People They Played Are Incredible

This is some next level hair and makeup work.

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.)

Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett (The Runaways)

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster)

Angela Bassett as Tina Turner (What's Love Got to Do With It)

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan (I'm Not There.)

Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart (Amelia)

Madonna as Eva Peron (Evita)

Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo (Frida)

Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor (Liz & Dick)

Meryl Streep as Julia Child (Julie & Julia)

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady)

Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn (The Aviator)

Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace (Grace of Monaco)

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen)

Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla (Selena)

Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf (La Vie en Rose)

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