For one's art, an actor must suffer and sometimes cross gender. Some look better than others and some - well - some are just downright ugly! But, the great ones are good sports and throw everything into their role. And sometimes, something strangely sexy happens...
The men have a harder time looking passable, let alone feminine, but some manage to pull it off better than others. The ladies, while hardly ever looking truly masculine (except for a few), always look fetching, no matter how the gender bends. Mascara and lip gloss always seem to be handy.
Here are the Boys!The Good
These few fellows actually make a passable woman!
|Charlie Chaplin in "A Woman" - quite charming, don't you think?|
|Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie" - who would have guessed? |
Shows you what great make-up and a great actor can do!
|Sir Alec Guinness in "Kind Hearts and Coronets" - |
she's quite formidable!
|Peter Seller in "The Mouse That Roared" - |
makes quite a believable Duchess, doesn't he?
These boys were bad, and fooled no one, but they tried.
|Cary Grant in "I Was a Male War Bride" - not Cary's best look, |
but he was a good sport and would do anything for a laugh
|Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in "Some Like it Hot" - |
yes, they were not really believable, but they were so cute!
|William Powell in "Love Crazy" - oh Nick Charles! But, |
Bill does make a pretty good fussy old lady
The Really Ugly
These guys are just not in touch with their feminine side!
|Gene Hackman in "Birdcage" - so wrong|
|George Sanders in "The Kremlin Letter" - |
He & Gene Hackman switched at birth?
|Fatty Arbuckle - just say "NO"!|
|Curly - Maybe with a bigger hat....|
|Lou Costello (right) in "Lost in a Harem" - |
Lou looks as though he wandered in from "Birdcage"
|Robert Preston in "Victor Victoria" - |
Not pretty, but funny as hell
|Johnny Depp in "Before Night Falls" - |
some may like this look, but me? Not so much.
Here Come the Girls
These girls might not have quite passed, but they sure looked adorable.
|Louise Brooks in "Beggars of Life" - |
Louise always looked stylish, no matter what she wore
|Edna Purviance in "Behind the Screen" - |
hmm.... Charlie is strangely attracted
|Jessie Matthews in "First a Girl" - |
the early British version of "Victor/Victoria"
|Julie Andrews in "Victor/Victoria" - |
she looks pretty feminine to me!
|Miriam Hopkins in "She Loves Me" - |
Miriam is still cute as a button
|Marion Davis in "Little Old New York" - WR Hearst liked to see her|
dressed as a boy. Let's not even go there.
|Janet Gaynor in "Sunny Side Up" - pretty cute, pretty close|
|Merle Oberon in "A Song to Remember" - |
a lady to her fingertips (but very chic)
These 2 women defined continental sex appeal. No matter what the gender, they were hot.
|Marlene Dietrich - the Queen|
|Garbo - always kept them guessing (beautifully)|
Sorry, but this makes me a little uncomfortable...
|Katharine Hepburn in "Sylvia Scarlett"- |
Her co-star was Cary Grant.
Not exactly "The Philadelphia Story."
Feeling a bit conflicted? Do you feel the onset on an identity crisis? It will be our little secret.
Excuse me while I bake a cake. Men, start chopping some lumber!