Famous Authors and Celebrity Look-alikes: Opposites Brought Together
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Famous Authors and Celebrity Look-alikes: Opposites Brought Together

The TOP ten famous Authorsand their modern pop celebrity lookalikes!

Everyone has a double, or so it’s been said.  My latest search attempts to compare another unlikely sampling of figures. Celebrity visibility is easy, but not always the product of genius.

This is my favorite top-ten list of famous authors throughout history paired with their pop-star doubles, set side-by-side. Each paring is opposite in personality, career or background. With just a little blurb on the classic authors to guide the reader, here are my top ten in no particular order.

1. Oscar Wilde

1854-1900 Irish writer, poet and athlete. Known for his dramas influenced by aestheticism and his early death.

The look-alike is

Hugh Grant, actor

Born 1960

2. Sarah Orne Jewette

1849-1909. New-England bred novelist and short story writer.

The look-alike is:

Laura Innes, actor.

Born 1957

3. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1749-1832. One of the most important German language authors. Creator of works as a writer, poet, dramatist, theologian and scientist.

The look-alike is:

Bob Newhart, actor

Born 1929

4, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) 

1819-1880. Superb Victorian-era novelist who worked under a male pen-name in order to be taken seriously.

The look-alike is:

Sandra Oh, actor

Born 1971

5. Willa Cather 

1873-1947. Pulitzer Prize winning American author, known for her novels on frontier life, including O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.

The look-alike is:

Golda Meir (in 1917) Prime Minister of the State of Israel


6. Virginia Woolf

1882-1941. English Modernist author, one of the greatest innovators of the English language. Works include Mrs. Dalloway, To The Lighthouse and Orlando.

The look-alike is:

John Kerry, United States Senator, Massachusetts

Born 1943

7. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930. Scottish writer and physician. Known primarily for his crime fiction but also wrote historical novels and science fiction

The look-alike is:

Theodore Roosevelt, US President, 1901-1909


8. Lewis Carroll

1832-1898. Pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known for his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

The look-alike is:

Jason Robards, actor


9. Mark Twain

1835-1910. American Author who enjoyed immense professional and personal popularity, both during and after his lifetime. He is known for the great American novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The look-alike is:

Hal Holbrook (portraying Mark Twain), American actor

Born 1925

10. Gloria Steinem

Born 1934. Journalist and Feminist and spokesperson for the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960’s – 1970’s.

The look-alike is:

Diane Keaton, actor

Born 1946

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Comments (6)

Hugh Grant and Oscar Wilde...both very dreamy!

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Yes, indeed. If People Magazine were around in the 1880's, Oscar Wilde would have been the sexiest man alive. But I also love his work.

Great piece. I really enjoyed this; some of them are uncanny. Virginia Wolf and John Kerry is my favourite.

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Thanks for the compliments and votes. Woolf/Kerry is downright eerie.

interesting article. voted it up

Interesting comparisons.