Ginnifer Goodwin is the latest actress to play Jackie Kennedy, joining a number of women who have taken on real-life roles. In the TV movie adaptation of the book Killing Kennedy, she'll play the iconic figure opposite Rob Lowe as JFK. There have been several roles based on influential women recently, including Helena Bonham Carter, who has an upcoming role as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie, and Naomi Watts, who will be stepping into the shoes of the late Princess Diana in the upcoming film Diana. Many of Hollywood's finest have taken on royal roles in film and on TV, especially Queen Elizabeth II — who holds the Guinness World Record for most-portrayed living monarch. One of the best-known portrayals is Helen Mirren in The Queen, who also stars as Alfred Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, in Hitchcock.
There are a growing number of actresses who've played iconic women in history, roles that often garner a lot of award buzz. Let's look back at the stars who've stepped into the shoes of some of the most powerful, influential, and iconic women in history, and look forward to the actresses who have upcoming biopics in the works.