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  • Daniel B.
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    #182952

    Many Oscar-winning roles have been portrayals of real-life people (living or not).

    • Idi Amin (The Last King of Scotland, 2006)
    • Blanche Barrow (Bonnie & Clyde, 1967)
    • Lentulus Batiatus (Spartacus, 1960)
    • John Bayley (Iris, 2001)
    • Judge Roy Bean (The Westerner, 1940)
    • Ben Bradlee (All the President’s Men, 1976)
    • Fanny Brice (Funny Girl, 1968)
    • Erin Brockovich (Erin Brockovich, 2000)
    • Christy Brown (My Left Foot, 1989)
    • Truman Capote (Capote, 2005)
    • June Carter (Walk the Line, 2005)
    • Ray Charles (Ray, 2004)
    • George M. Cohan (Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942)
    • Cyrano de Begerac (Cyrano de Bergerac, 1950)
    • Benjamin Disraeli (Disraeli, 1929/30)
    • Capt. Alfred Dreyfus (The Life of Emile Zola, 1937)
    • Dicky Eklund (The Fighter, 2010)
    • Alice Eklund-Ward (The Fighter, 2010)
    • Eleanor of Equitaine (The Lion in Winter, 1968)
    • Queen Elizabeth I (Shakespeare in Love, 1998)
    • Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen, 2006)
    • Father Edward J. Flanagan (Boys Town, 1938)
    • Mohandas Gandhi (Gandhi, 1982)
    • Paul Gauguin (Lust for Life, 1956)
    • King George VI (The King’s Speech, 2010)
    • Emma Goldman (Reds, 1981)
    • Barbara Graham (I Want to Live!, 1958)
    • Dashiell Hammett (Julia, 1977)
    • Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything, 2014)
    • Anna Held (The Great Ziegfeld, 1936)
    • David Helfgott (Shine, 1996)
    • King Henry VIII (The Private Life of Henry VIII, 1932/33)
    • Katharine Hepburn (The Aviator, 2004)
    • Helen Keller (The Miracle Worker, 1962)
    • Lee Krasner (Pollock, 2000)
    • Jake LaMotta (Raging Bull, 1980)
    • John Laroche (Adaptation, 2002)
    • Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln, 2012)
    • Béla Lugosi (Ed Wood, 1994)
    • Loretta Lynn (Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980)
    • Harvey Milk (Milk, 2008)
    • King Mongkut of Siam (The King and I, 1956)
    • Sir Thomas Moore (A Man for All Seasons, 1966)
    • Alicia Nash (A Beautiful Mind, 2001)
    • Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (Anastasia, 1956)
    • Louis Pasteur (The Story of Louis Pasteur, 1936)
    • Patsey (12 Years a Slave, 2013)
    • General George S. Patton, Jr. (Patton, 1970)
    • Édith Piaf (La vie en rose, 2007)
    • Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking, 1995)
    • Dith Pran (The Killing Fields, 1984)
    • Antonio Salieri (Amadeus, 1984)
    • Bernadette Soubirous (The Song of Bernadette, 1943)
    • Anne Sullivan (The Miracle Worker, 1962)
    • WÅ‚adysÅ‚aw Szpilman (The Pianist, 2002)
    • Brandon Teena (Boys Don’t Cry, 1999)
    • Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady, 2011)
    • Leigh Anne Tuohy (The Blind Side, 2009)
    • Petronella Van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank, 1959)
    • Claus von Bülow (Reversal of Fortune, 1990)
    • Ron Woodroof (Dallas Buyers Club, 2013)
    • Virigina Woolf (The Hours, 2002)
    • Aileen Wuornos (Monster, 2003)
    • Sgt. Alvin C. York (Sergeant York, 1941)
    • Eufemio Zapata (Viva Zapata!, 1952)

    Which real-life people do you think could reap Oscar-winning performances for films based on their lives?

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    24Emmy
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    Hank Aaron

    Hillary Clinton

     

    pretty much any famous actor from the Golden Age

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #182955

    Pretty much any president from the 20th century onwards has potential to be an oscar role.

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    babypook
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    Hank Aaron

    Hillary Clinton

     

    pretty much any famous actor from the Golden Age

    24, what do you mean?

     

    Andrei Chikatilo

    Greg Pistorius

    Arturo Beltran Leyva

    Joseph Mengele

    Paul Offit

     

    King Edward IV

    Sakanoue no Tamuramaro

    William the Conqueror

    Empress Mathilda

     

    Michael Jackson

    Marvin Gaye

    Robin Williams

    John Lennon

    Jimmy Hendrix

     

    Christina Onassis

    Amy Winehouse

    Janis Joplin

     

    Enough? Lol. There are some others where, they could try again. Monroe, Anne Frank, Princess Diana, for starters.

     

     

     

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    Actriz
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    #182957

    Hilary Clinton

    Stephen Sondheim

    Chita Rivera

    Ryan White

    Vermin Supreme

    Wendie Davis

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    vinny
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    This is is no particular order and some with possible casting:

    1)President James A. Garfield

    2)Grace Kelly (I know they did it already but lets hope they do it right one day)

    3)Mary Astor
    (Natalie Portman?)
    4)Jack Webb

    5)Carrie Nation

    6)John Lennon
    (Eddie Redmayne)
    7)Jack Klugman

    8)Audrey Hepburn

    9)Cy Young

    10)Connie Mack

    11)Chita Rivera

    12)Macho Man Randy Savage
    (Jake Gylenhaal?)
    13)Andre the Giant

    14)Paul Bearer
    (Jack Black?)
    16)James Dudley
    (Denzel Washington?)
    17)Bobo Brazil
    (Will Smith?)
    18)President John F. Kennedy

    19)Schuyler Colfax

    20)C. F. Powell

    21)Hideki Yukawa

    22)Yoichiro Nambu

    23)Paul Muni

    24)Lionel Barrymore

    25)Clark Gable
    (Ben Affleck)
    26)James Dean (James Franco?)

    27)Peter Finch

    28)Jack Lemmon

    29)Mary Pickford

    30)Luise Raynor

    31)Elizabeth Taylor
    (Lindsay Lohan?)
    32)Bette Davis
    (I was thinking of Anne Hathaway but there has to be someone else I guess)
    33)Judy Garland
    (Anne Hathaway…..no question)
    34)Greta Garbo

    35)Aaron Burr
    (James Franco?)
    36)Al Gore

    37)Knut Hamsun

    38)Sigrid Undeset

    39)T.S. Elliot

    40)Nelly Sachs

    41)George Washington Carver

    42)Toni Morrison

    43)Maya Angelou

    44)Alice Munro

    45)Mother Teresa

    46)Aung San Suu Kyi
    (I have no idea who I would cast for this but I swear if you look her up, her life screams adapt me into a movie)
    47)Mikail Gorbachev

    48)Kofi Annan

    49)Joshua Lederberg
    50) Tony Hawk 

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    #182959

    ME. 

     

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    Word on the Streep
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    #182960

    Indira Gandhi.

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    Madson Melo
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    #182961

    Kurt Cobain

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    Taylor27
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    #182962

    Has anyone ever read the book Uncommon Knowledge by Judy Lewis?

    She’s the daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young. Her book is about her life and how she was raised believing she was Young’s adopted daughter when she was in fact her biological child with Gable. Her life story is very interesting but its also a fascinating look at the Hollywood Studio System in the 1930s and the morality clauses in the stars contracts.

    This is the true story I’ve always wanted made into a movie and I can’t believe it hasn’t been already.  

     

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    24Emmy
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    [quote=”24Emmy”]

    pretty much any famous actor from the Golden Age

    24, what do you mean?[/quote]

     

    Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Buster Keaton, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, Norma Shearer, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, and John Wayne for example.

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    babypook
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    [quote=”babypook”][quote=”24Emmy”]

    pretty much any famous actor from the Golden Age

    24, what do you mean?[/quote]

     

    Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Buster Keaton, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, Norma Shearer, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, and John Wayne for example.

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    Thanks sweetie.  I thought so. I usually think of that era as stars of the Silver Screen. Hahahaha. Both metallurgical so whattheheck.

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    benbraddock
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    GABBY GIFFORDS.. Just recently watched a piece on her with her husband, Mark Kelly, the astronaut..her story is so compelling and should be filmed with either KATE WINSLET OR CLAIRE DANES playing the former congresswoman…It screams OSCAR!!!

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    OnTheAisle
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    Has anyone ever read the book Uncommon Knowledge by Judy Lewis?

    She’s the daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young. Her book is about her life and how she was raised believing she was Young’s adopted daughter when she was in fact her biological child with Gable. Her life story is very interesting but its also a fascinating look at the Hollywood Studio System in the 1930s and the morality clauses in the stars contracts.

    This is the true story I’ve always wanted made into a movie and I can’t believe it hasn’t been already.  

     

    A great read and the potential for a great movie. I also think the same is true for Gypsy and Me by Erik Lee Preminger. The story of the child of Otto Preminger and Gypsy Rose Lee is quite cinematic. Cher was once attached to the project (brilliant casting) but it never came to be.

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    GhostOrchid
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    [quote=”babypook”][quote=”24Emmy”]

    pretty much any famous actor from the Golden Age

    24, what do you mean?[/quote]

     

    Fred Astaire, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Buster Keaton, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers, Norma Shearer, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, and John Wayne for example.

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    Bette Davis.

    Maybe Woody Allen…. someday?

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