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The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked  

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We’re ranking the best Cleopatra actresses of all time. As one of the most enigmatic and fascinating characters in antiquity, Cleopatra is often portrayed as being powerful, pragmatic, and sensual. Yes, she might have conquered Julius Caesar’s heart, but there’s still so much we don’t know about her. In fact, the mythos of Cleopatra has become so popular that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

From the very first films, actresses have portrayed their own unique version of Cleopatra. While Vivien Leigh captured Cleopatra’s charm in 1945’s Caesar and Cleopatra, Sophia Loren brought the heat to the big screen in her breakout performance in 1954’s Due notti con Cleopatra, which translates to Two Nights with Cleopatra. Elizabeth Taylor also turned a few heads with her classic portrayal in 1963’s Cleopatra, and Monica Bellucci played Cleopatra in Asterix & Obelix. Which actress is your favorite?

Vote up the best Cleopatra actresses to see who tops the list.

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)

Cleopatra (1963)

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of ...more
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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 54 (1913-1967)

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh, was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as "Southern belle" Scarlett ...more
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Monica Bellucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 54

Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)

Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model.
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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 84

Due notti con Cleopatra (1954)

Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts ...more
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Leonor Varela is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 46

Cleopatra (1999)

Leonor Varela Pilme is a Chilean actress and model. She played the title role in the 1999 television film Cleopatra, and vampire princess Nyssa Damaskinos in the 2002 film Blade II.
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Theda Bara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 70 (1885-1955)

Cleopatra (1917)

Theda Bara was an American silent film and stage actress. Bara was one of the most popular actresses of the silent era, and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned ...more
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Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 93 (1903-1996)

Cleopatra (1934)

Claudette Colbert was a French-born American actress, and a leading lady for two decades. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent ...more
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Florence Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 48 (1890-1938)

Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

Florence Lawrence was a Canadian-American stage performer and film actress. She is often referred to as "The First Movie Star", and was the first film actor to be named publicly. At ...more
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Virginia Mayo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

The Story of Mankind (1957)

Virginia Mayo was an American actress and dancer. Best known for a series of comedic films with Danny Kaye, Mayo was Warner Brothers's biggest box office money maker in the late 1940s. She also ...more
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Pascale Petit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Pascale Petit age 81

A Queen for Caesar (1962)

Pascale Petit is an actress.
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Hildegarde Neil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 79

Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Hildegarde Neil, also credited as Hildegard Neil, is an English actress.
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Helen Gardner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Helen Gardner Dec. at 84 (1884-1968)

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (1912)

Helen Louise Gardner was an American stage and film actress, screenwriter, producer, editor and costume designer.
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Rhonda Fleming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 95

Serpent of the Nile (1953)

Rhonda Fleming, is an American film and television actress. She acted in more than forty films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became renowned as one of the most glamorous actresses of her ...more
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Micheline Dax is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

Asterix and Cleopatra 

Micheline Dax was a French film and stage actress. The Paris-born actress was born Micheline Josette Renée Etevenon. She died on 27 April 2014, aged 90, near Paris.
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Jeanne d'Alcy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
Jeanne d'Alcy

Cléopâtre (1899)

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Amanda Barrie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 83

Carry On Cleo (1963)

Amanda Barrie is an English actress.
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Magali Noël is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 83

Totò e Cleopatra (1963)

Magali Noël is a French actress and singer. Born in Izmir to French parents in the diplomatic service, she left Turkey for France in 1951, and her acting career began soon thereafter. She ...more
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Amy Stiller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 57

Highway to Hell (1992)

Amy Belle Stiller is an American actress, stand-up comedian and Bikram Yoga instructor. She was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of the comedy duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, and ...more
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Danielle de Niese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked
age 39

Giulio Cesare (2006)

Danielle de Niese is an Australian-American lyric soprano. After success as a young child in singing competitions in Australia, she moved to the United States where she developed an operatic ...more