Jane Fonda is about to flex her White House muscles. The iconic actress is playing Nancy Reagan in the star-studded film "The Butler," the latest project from Lee Daniels. Photos of the actress's Nancy-inspired look have surfaced, and she could definitely pass as the famous first lady. In the photo, Jane is joined by co-stars Oprah Winfrey and Alan Rickman, as well as the director. In addition to getting the look down, Jane has also gotten the blessing from Nancy herself. "I'm excited about this," said the actress. "I feel very ready to take her on... I know that she is pleased that I am playing her." Jane is just the latest actress to take on the role of a real-life first lady. Here is a look at some of the other actresses have done the same in recent years.
Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush
The star of "The Hunger Games" took on a very different role when she portrayed the wife of George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's 2008 drama "W." Elizabeth had the unique challenge of playing a first lady that was actually still serving the position. The film received generally positive reviews, including some high notes for the female lead. For her part, the actress's main goal was to honor the President's wife. "I'm never going to be Laura Bush," said Elizabeth in an interview. "I can only hope to have her essence, and I hope to do right by her."
Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy
In the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," the former wife of Tom Cruise got the chance to portray one of the most famous women of the 20th century. While several of her co-stars were honored with Emmy nominations, Katie was left out in the cold. Critics might have been mixed on her ability to capture Jackie's voice, but there was no doubt that she nailed the look. Love it or hate it, Katie's portrayal will always be one of the most famous versions of Jackie ever captured on film.
Laura Linney as Abigail Adams
When we think of famous first ladies, we don't always flash back to the 1700s. However, Laura's portrayal of this early first lady in the HBO miniseries "John Adams" might be the gold standard of first lady portrayals. Her performance was brilliant from start to finish, helping her win a Golden Globe as well as an Emmy. With that kind of critical praise, Jane will have a lot to live up to if she wants to match this performance.
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