Sorry, Liv Tyler: No one does elven queens like Cate Blanchett.
8. Katharine Hepburn, The Aviator
One stage and screen legend playing another? Works for me! There’s something about the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s that Cate seems perfectly fitted for, so naturally she’d fit right into the satin bows and perfectly coiffed hair of Katharine Hepburn. The resemblance is uncanny.
9. Janine, Hot Fuzz
Okay, so this one is mostly a joke, but really: Have you ever seen anyone make a head-to-toe white contamination suit and face mask work quite the way Cate does? Best. Cameo. Ever.
10. Jude Quin, aka Bob Dylan, I’m Not There
All of the performances in I’m Not There are fabulous, but Cate’s is by far my favorite. She’s so convincing that she pulls off Bob Dylan circa 1955-1966 almost better than Bob Dylan does. Also, I’d totally wear that double-breasted leather coat on a daily basis if I owned it. Just sayin’.
11. Daisy Fuller, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Benjamin Button seems to be one of those movies people either love or hate, but there’s no denying how awesome Cate looked as dancer Daisy Fuller—and in every stage of her life, at that! The beret is back, though this time, she’s paired it with a unique, collarless plaid coat. Beautiful and unusual.
12. Blanche DuBois, A Streetcar Named Desire
Cate, you may know, is currently co-artistic director along with her husband, Andrew Upton, of the Sydney Theatre Company in their native Australia; they’ve been having an enormously successful run, which so far has included an acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. As Blanche, Cate got her fading Southern belle on, gigantic hats, fitted suits, dainty gloves and all.
Happy birthday, Cate!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.