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A-Listers Get Ugly To Land Dream Roles

First Posted: 07/14/11 10:47 AM ET   Updated: 09/13/11 06:12 AM ET

Breaking away from the beautiful Hollywood pack isn't easy but for these ladies, who managed to shed their perfectly plucked and primped visages, the results were frighteningly epic. Now hoping to jump on the ugly bandwagon is Gwyneth Paltrow who sheds her always flawless complexion and perfectly coifed bombshell locks for a less than flattering look in her forthcoming Steven Soderbergh film, "Contagion."

Like Charlize Theron who won the 2003 Best Actress Academy Award for her role in "Monster" and Nicole Kidman who did the same for her "The Hours" transformation, is getting ugly the key to sitting pretty when award season rolls around?

Check out Paltrow, Theron, Kidman, Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz and Mariah Carey's breakthrough roles which had them bending the stereotypes of beauty and showing something much more significant than just a pretty face -- a stellar performance.

Gwyneth Paltrow, "Contagion" (2011)
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