Happy Birthday, Cate Blanchett! The Actress' 12 Most Stylish Roles

Cate Blanchett turns 43 today! In honor of the occasion, we've rounded up the actress' 12 most stylish roles, from Renaissance Queen to Bob Dylan. Happy birthday, Cate!
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Happy Birthday, Cate Blanchett! The Actress’ 12 Most Stylish Roles

Cate Blanchett turns 43 today! In honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up the actress’ 12 most stylish roles, from Renaissance Queen to Bob Dylan. Happy birthday, Cate!

-Lucia Peters

Cate Blanchett

Confession: I have a massive girl crush on Cate Blanchett. But I’m not the only one, though, right? I mean, what’s not to love? She’s absurdly talented, absolutely gorgeous, and a lovely person, all wrapped up in one terrific package. She’s totally who I want to be when I grow up. And hey, guess what? Today is her 43rd birthday!

Cate has played some enormously stylish characters throughout her long and successful career, so in honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorites here, from Queen Elizabeth to Bob Dylan. Happy birthday, Cate!

1. Lucinda Leplastrier, Oscar and Lucinda

Cate Blanchett Lucinda Leplastrier

If you haven’t seen Oscar and Lucinda, you definitely owe it to yourself to do so. One of Cate’s earliest films, it features her and Ralph Fiennes as the titular characters, an Australian heiress and an outcast priest who both happen to have a love of gambling. Set in England in the mid-1800s, it also boasts plenty of terrific period costumes, which, naturally, Cate pulls of beautifully.

2. Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabeth

Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I

If Oscar and Lucinda is a period piece, Elizabeth (and its sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) is a PERIOD PIECE. Say hello to full Renaissance dress: Big skirts, neck ruffs, elaborate hair, the works. Unsurprisingly, Elizabeth and Cate both scored big during awards season that year. Does she look perfect here or what?

3. Meredith Logue, The Talented Mr. Ripley

Cate Blanchett Meredith Logue

Cate took on the ‘50s alongside Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley. This is only one of many times we’ll see her don a beret over the course of her career, though this one happens to be my favorite—I think it has something to do with the way the whorls on her hat echo the swirly bits on her sweater. Clean, classic, and beautiful.

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4. Lady Gertrude Chiltern, An Ideal Husband

Cate Blanchett Lady Gertrude

Let’s step back into the 1800s again, shall we? And hey, I know: Let’s get some Oscar Wilde action going on while we’re at it! As Lady Gertrude Chiltern, the wife of the well-to-do Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam), Cate got her high society on in this screen adaptation of Wilde’s witty, classic play. While the draping of this blue gown is gorgeous, I’m mostly loving the hat. Everyone needs more feathers in their lives.

5. Lola, The Man Who Cried

Cate Blanchett Lola

The Man Who Cried was a bit of a change of pace for Cate. Set during the Second World War, it told the story of a young Jewish girl (Christina Ricci) who, after being separated from her parents in Soviet Russia, grew up in England. Shortly before the war, she relocates to Paris, where she meets an older Russian dancer by the name of Lola—Cate, natch. Haughty, icy, and elegant, Lola has a fabulous 1930s wardrobe that we can’t help but covet. How great is the fit of that pink sweater? And the hair? Love!

6. Charlotte Gray, Charlotte Gray

Cate Blanchett Charlotte Gray

Cate found herself in Paris during World War II once again in Charlotte Gray, though this time as a very different sort of character: A French resistance agent. The movie wasn’t a commercial success, unfortunately, but it’s certainly got style. I’m noticing a trend with movies wherein Cate Blanchett wears hats: That is, I always want to steal them.

More of Cate’s most stylish roles, including her appearances in The Lord of the Rings and The Aviator, up next!

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