01/24/2012 01:28 pm ET Updated Jan 24, 2012

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

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.

Actresses Who Go Bald For Roles