There are a lot of literary figures of the past whose influence continues to shine—not just in their iconic works, but on the faces of today’s entertainers whose looks resemble legendary writers and literary muses.
Christopher Robin and Lena Dunham
Author A.A. Milne cast his son Christopher Robin in his Winnie the Pooh book series just as writer/director Lena Dunham casts herself and her friends in her series Girls. But more than that commonality, the two real life characters really look alike.
Teddy Roosevelt and Jude Law
Many Americans don’t realize Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t just a brilliant president, he was also an author (The Strenuous Life; Summer Birds of the Adirondacks; etc.) as well as a youthful hottie on par with fellow autumn-born Jude Law.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Elizabeth McGovern
Had actress Elizabeth McGovern been discovered before she was a teen, she could have played Laura Ingalls WIlder in the author’s bio-based Little House on the Prairie series since the two share a physical resemblance at any age.
Oscar Wilde and Cameron Crowe
Before director Cameron Crowe wrote quotable rom-coms on film (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, etc.), playwright Oscar Wilde was doing the same for stage (An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Ernest, etc). Of course these two have more than their choice of work in common—the tall guys (Wilde was 6’3”; Crowe is 6’) also have similar facial features, coloring and hairstyles.
Elizabeth Siddal and Uma Thurman
In addition to her image being captured in many Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Victorian artist/model Lizzie Siddal’s likeness can be seen in the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti as well as on the face of actress/model Uma Thurman.
Emily Dickinson and Justin Long
The big brown eyes, wide noses, full lips and cleft chins on this east coast pair prove poet Emily Dickinson and actor Justin Long aren’t short of physical similarities.
Margaret Mitchell and Amy Adams
Having already played Margaret Keene, it’d be no stretch for actress Amy Adams to portray Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell since the alliterative-named pair already share delicate features, light eyes, long-lashes and petite stances (Mitchell was only 4’11’’ and Adams stands a tad more at 5’4”).
F. Scott Fitzgerald and David Lynch
These sons of the Midwest share similarly-shaped ears, heads, wild hair, features and facial creases as well as a place in American culture, particularly with F. Scott’s The Great Gatsby novella and writer/director David Lynch’s Blue Velvet cult film.
Dorothy Parker and Tina Fey
More than being witty women writers who made their mark in New York, the Alqonquin Round Table’s Dorothy Parker and Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey also share like heights (4’11’ and 5’5”, respectively) as well as big brown eyes, thin-bridged noses and similar hairstyles throughout their years.
Marie Duplessis and Paul McCartney
The heavy-lids, pierced lips and elegantly flared nostrils of French courtesan/muse Marie Duplessis and British Beatle Paul McCartney helped make them the heartthrobs of the 1840s and 1960s, respectively. The former inspired Alexandre Dumas to write The Lady of the Camellias which was the inspiration for Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata while the latter achieved legendary status through his own music and lyrics.