Biographical movies are released all the time. Few things are as compelling as a true story dramatized with flair. Plenty of actors have won Oscars for playing real people in these films, too. Jamie Foxx got one for playing Ray Charles in Ray, Meryl Streep got one for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and so on.
More rare, but infinitely more fascinating, is when people play themselves in autobiographical movies. Audiences get an added level of authenticity in these cases. Of course, there are all kinds of pitfalls involved in making this happen. If the film isn't well-made, for example, it can come off as nothing more than a vanity project. Conversely, when a celebrity with a distinct personality or specific talent brings their own life events to the screen, believing in the story becomes easier.
The following famous people all played themselves in movies that were either true stories or very thinly veiled versions of their lives. Who did it best? Vote up your picks.
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