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40 actresses who have braved playing iconic women from history

Acting is a tricky enough art alone, without the added pressure of emulating a legendary face from history. So a tip of the fedora to these talented thespians, who have risen to the challenge of playing icons from Hollywood and beyond – ably recreating their characters’ legacies on-screen.

The result is a double-take of the highest order, as the movie star's own fame is combined with that of their subject.

As Natalie Portman scores rave reviews for her performance as Jackie O in upcoming film Jackie – which focuses on the former US First Lady's life after her husband, John F Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963 – we take a look at other actresses who have embodied real-life legends...

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