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Cynthia Nixon Shaves Head: Celebrities Who Go Bald For Acting Roles

First Posted: 01/24/2012 1:28 pm Updated: 01/24/2012 4:30 pm

No 'Wit' involved here. Plain and simple, Cynthia Nixon ditched her fiery locks to land the lead role in the Broadway production of "Wit." The bald and proud actress (who has a surprisingly well-shaped head) took to the tube on "Live with Kelly" to talk about her daring new role and her even more daring new look.

But what Nixon thought was going to be a "no muss, no fuss" 'do, does require a bit of up-keep.

"It's got kind of a five o'clock shadow, and you don't want to go on with that," she told Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Mary J. Blige. "I was always kind of curious to see what it would be like. I like it; I don't think I'm gonna keep it forever."

In the surefire Broadway hit, Nixon plays a poetry professor who find herself in a less than poetic situation as she undergoes cancer treatment. Although she was once the highbrow poker and prodder of her own subjects, now Nixon's character must get used to the being the one who's quite literally under the microscope.

But Nixon isn't the only one who's felt the breeze on top for a role. Check out these bold and beautiful women who've shaved it all off for the sake of their craft.

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  • Natalie Portman, "V for Vendetta"

    Natalie Portman stunned at the premiere of her 2006 flick "V for Vendetta" for which she shaved her head to play the fearless freedom fighter, Evey. (Getty)

  • Cynthia Nixon, "Wit"

    Cynthia Nixon ditched her signature "Sex and the City" red locks to play a woman undergoing <a href="http://www.broadway.com/shows/wit/" target="_hplink">experimental cancer treatment in "Wit."</a> (Broadway.com)

  • Demi Moore, "G.I. Jane"

    Demi Moore chopped her signature lengthy locks when she played Jordan O'Neill in the 1997 film, "G.I. Jane." (Getty)

  • Cate Blanchett, "Heaven"

    Cate Blanchett was still every bit as beautiful after she shaved her head for her 2002 film, "Heaven," in which she fights for justice for her husband's death. (Getty)

  • Halle Berry, "Nappily Ever After

    Halle Berry is known for her already chopped locks but she'll be shaving off what little hair she has for her forthcoming 2012 flick, "Nappily Ever After." (Getty)

  • Sigourney Weaver, "Alien"

    Sigourney Weaver went badass bald for the flick "Alien 3." (Everett)

  • Robin Tunney, "Empire Records"

    Robin Tunney was the epitome of '90s grunge when she chopped her locks for the 1995 apathetic teen flick, "Empire Records." (Everett)

  • Persis Khambatta

    Persis Khambatta took the plunge and shaved off her raven colored locks for her role as Lt. Ilia in 1979's "Star Trek." (YouTube) <br> CORRECTION: A previous version of this slide stated that "Star Trek" was released in 1997.

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