There are few things in life that I find more timelessly glamorous than old Hollywood. I devour black and white movies from Capra to Hitchcock, savoring every last detail — a swish of a dress, the charming lilt of the transatlantic accent — and imprinting them in my memory so that maybe, one day, I can embody even an ounce of the stars' irresistible charm and allure (spoiler alert: never gonna happen). It may not be in the cards for me, but there are certainly a fair share of modern-day celebrities who look like old Hollywood stars, whether they capture a specific feature, possess the same kind of glamorous appeal, or are even just straight-up twinning (those are always the best). Because everyone just gets it: That classic, old Hollywood look never goes out of style. It will always be sexy, it will always be desired, and it will always (always) be emulated.
Celebrity doppelgängers are one of life's greatest pleasures, and by "life's greatest pleasures," I mean they're one of mine. So combining the idea of celeb lookalikes with old Hollywood celeb lookalikes, and I am in the zone. Check out 11 pairs of celebs — modern-day stars and their old Hollywood counterparts — in the list below.
1. Zac Efron & Leonard Whitig
Real talk: This is NOT actually Zac Efron, but actor Leonard Whitig, who starred in a 1968 film version of Romeo & Juliet. He's been confusing English classes for decades.
2. Debra Messing & Lucille Ball
It's more than just the trademark red hair and big, wide eyes that makes Debra Messing the reincarnation of Lucille Ball. Her comedic timing on Will & Grace and those hilariously over-the-top facial expressions make Messing a spitting image of the beloved Lucy.
3. Jennifer Lawrence & Zubaida Tharwat
J. Law bears more than just a passing resemblance to Egyptian actor Zubaida Tharwat.
4. Scott Eastwood & James Dean
Scott Eastwood gives some heart-stoppingly sultry James Dean vibes.
5. Eva Mendes & Raquel Welch
Eva Mendes could be Raquel Welch's modern-day twin, TBH. The two are practically identical.
6. Daniel Craig & Bing Crosby
It's the square face, twinkling baby blues, and those tell-tale ears: James Bond himself, aka Daniel Craig, looks a whole lot like famous old-school crooner Bing Crosby.
7. Lindsay Lohan & Elizabeth Taylor
Looks-wise, Lindsay Lohan is the living embodiment of Elizabeth Taylor.
8. Christina Aguilera & Vivien Leigh
There's a sparkle in Christina Aguilera's eyes that makes her unmistakably similar to Gone With the Wind star Vivien Leigh.
9. Gwen Stefani & Marilyn Monroe
The singer and iconic movie star share the same heart-shaped face, bleach blonde hair, and ruby red liptsick.
10. George Clooney & Cary Grant
George Clooney has the irresistable charm and distinguished good looks of another era — an era where king Cary Grant reigned supreme. It's the salt-and-pepper hair, California tan, square jawline, and movie star status that make these two twins.
11. Drew Barrymore & Lionel Barrymore
Yes, they're related, so it makes sense that they look alike. But Lionel Barrymore (Drew's great-uncle; perhaps most well-known as his role as Mr. Potter in It's A Wonderful Life) really is still alive in his great-niece: They have the same face-shape, the same strong jawline, and that same crooked smile. Nice to see that it's passed down from generation to generation.
Old Hollywood lives on!