When The stars look the part | Irish Free Press

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When The stars look the part | Irish Free Press
Jul 15th 2012, 02:32

Whether Hollywood actress Naomi Watts bears any resemblance to Princess Diana is up for debate. Yet the real question is whether 43 year-old Watts is hoping for an Oscar for portraying Princess Di in a biopic of the late princess which is currently being filmed in London.

There's a good reason why Watts may indeed think she's in with a shot for a golden statue for playing the 'People's Princess' in a film which will focus on the last two years of Princess Di's life — including her divorce from Prince Charles and romance with Dodi Fayed.

In fact, actresses have a habit of winning Oscars when they take on the responsibility of portraying a real person on the big screen.

Meryl Streep (63) won this year's Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as controversial former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady.

Meryl had fittings of prosthetic noses for her onscreen transformation, but in the end fake teeth were enough to alter her face to resemble Thatcher.

Meryl took the golden statuette off actress Michelle Williams (31) who was also nominated for this year's Best Actress Oscar, and for taking on the real-life role of Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week with Marilyn.

The movie is set in the early summer of 1956, when Marilyn is on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.


Indeed, there's even more reason why Watts may well think she might be in the running for an Oscar for her Diana role.

French actress and singer Marion Cotillard (36) won the Best Actress Oscar in 2008 for her role as singer Edith Piaf in the film La Vie en Rose.

Cotillard also won the BAFTA Award, the Cesar Award and the Golden Globe Award for best actress for her performance as tortured singer Piaf. Biopics, and portraying real-life characters on the big screen, can be career gold for actresses.

They're winners on the small screen too.

Lindsay Lohan (26) has recently finished filming Liz Dick, in which she plays Elizabeth Taylor in the TV movie about her tempestuous love affair with Richard Burton. While Jennifer Love Hewitt (33) played Audrey Hepburn in a 2000 TV movie biography of the actress and humanitarian, called The Audrey Hepburn Story.

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