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Best portrayals of MONARCHS ON FILM


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I'll start with the women...




*Bette Davis*...as Elizabeth I in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH & ESSEX and THE VIRGIN QUEEN; plus she also dresses up as Catherine the Great in JOHN PAUL JONES.


*Flora Robson*...as Elizabeth I in FIRE OVER ENGLAND and THE SEA HAWK; she even played Empress Elisabeth in Korda's RISE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT.


*Greta Garbo*...as Queen Christina in the movie of the same name.


*Marlene Dietrich* as Princess Sophia Frederica / Catherine II in THE SCARLET EMPRESS.


*Katharine Hepburn*...played Mary Stuart in MARY OF SCOTLAND; later as Queen Eleanor in THE LION IN WINTER


*Florence Eldridge*...appeared as Elizabeth I in MARY OF SCOTLAND; and as Queen Isabella in CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.


*Irene Dunne*...as Queen Victoria in THE MUDLARK.


*Jean Simmons*...as Princess Elizabeth in YOUNG BESS.


*Judi Dench*...played Queen Victoria in MRS. BROWN; appeared as Queen Elizabeth in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.


*Cate Blanchett*...as Queen Elizabeth I in 1998's ELIZABETH; again, as Queen Elizabeth I in ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE in 2007.


*Helen Mirren*...portrayed Elizabeth I in a miniseries called ELIZABETH I; she did Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN (winning an Oscar); plus, she was Queen Charlotte in THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE.

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Now, for the men:




*Charles Laughton*...as Henry VIII in THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII _and_ YOUNG BESS.


*Raymond Massey*...as Phillip II of Spain in FIRE OVER ENGLAND.


*Montagu Love*...as Henry VIII in THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER _and_ THE SEA HAWK.


*James Robertson Justice*...as Henry VIII in THE SWORD AND THE ROSE.


*Robert Shaw*...as Henry VIII in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.


*Peter O'Toole*...as Henry II in THE LION IN WINTER.


*Timothy Dalton*...as Phillip II in THE LION IN WINTER.


*Nigel Hawthorne*...as George III in THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE.

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George Sanders played a droll Charles V (?) in FOREVER AMBER.


Vincent Price played same in HUDSON'S BAY.


Leon Ames played Emperor Napoleon III (?) in SUEZ.


Claude Rains as same in JUAREZ.


Brian Aherne as Emperor Maximiliano in JUAREZ.

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