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A tale of two Cleopatras: we chart the uncannily similar lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie

Two of cinema's biggest stars crossed paths this week with news that Angelina Jolie is to appear in a re-make of Cleopatra, the film epitomised by the one and only Elizabeth Taylor.

With her poised and sultry screen presence, Ange is a great choice for the part and has more in common with her Egyptian queen forebearer than you might think.

Glamorous, confident and full of verve, Elizabeth and Angelina found fame early. By the time they hit their twenties, both had won Oscars and were commanding megabucks on the back of their box office appeal. Neither are afraid of a challenge, and their formidable acting talents are showcased in films as diverse as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Liz) and A Mighty Heart (Ange).

Off-screen, they've wowed with their individual, fearless sense of style and astute approach to life that has seen them take the lead in humanitarian projects.

They've also fallen hard for the men (and women) in their lives, with both meeting their great, world-changing loves (Brad Pitt, Richard Burton) on-set, via sensational affairs that sent the tabloids spinning.

And let's not forget that the central role of motherhood Liz and Ange have played to large broods of children, with both women acknowledged as warm and dedicated mums amid all the Hollywood hoo-ha.

Come take a look at how the lives of two of Hollywood's most enduring icons compare, from movies to men and beyond:

Photos: Rex Features



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