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Can you name the people who won an Academy Award for playing non-fictional characters?

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CharacterActorDescription
Benjamin DisraeliThe British Prime Minister who purchases the Suez Canal while avoiding the Russian plan to stop him from doing so
Henry VIIIThe English King who marries and remarries many women in order to bear a male heir to the throne
Louis PasteurThe French chemist who discovers the vaccines for rabies and anthrax as well as stopping sickness caused from milk and wine
Anna HeldThe Polish stage performer who becomes the common-law wife of a famous American Broadway impresario
Alfred DreyfusThe French-Jewish artillery officer wrongly convicted of high treason who is exonerated eleven years later
Father FlanaganThe Irish, Roman-Catholic priest who founds, arguably, the most notable orphanage in history
Judge Roy BeanThe American Old West saloonkeeper and Justice of the Peace with a penchant for hanging criminals
Alvin C. YorkThe American hillbilly who tries to avoid the draft but becomes the most decorated soldier of World War I
George M. CohanThe American singer, songwriter, stage performer, and producer who becomes 'The Man Who Owned Broadway' after penning such songs as 'Give My Regards to Broadway
Bernadette SoubirousThe French nun who sees eighteen visions of the Virgin Mary in six months
Eufemio ZapataThe Mexican brother of a revolutionary who topples the Mexican government
MongkutThe Siamese ruler who hires an English tutor to teach his wives and children
Anna Koreff/Anastasia (Based on Anna Anderson)The Russian princess who was supposedly killed years before in a massacre of the royal family
Paul GauguinThe French artist who becomes a close friend with his rival: a one-eared Dutch painter
Eve White/Eve Black/Jane (Based on Chris Costner Sizemore)The American woman who becomes the first documented female to suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder
Barbara GrahamThe American prostitute and drug addict who becomes the third woman in the state of California to die by gas
Lentulus BatiatusThe Roman impresario of gladiatorial games and slave trader whose slaves escape him and start the Third Servile War
Annie SullivanThe American teacher best known for teaching a deaf, dumb, and blind American icon
Helen KellerThe American woman born deaf, dumb, and blind who forms a special relationship with her teacher
Sir Thomas MoreThe British lawyer who refuses to grant the King the right to a divorce with no grounds and is promptly executed
Blanche BarrowThe American daughter of a preacher who joins an infamous gang with her husband and becomes prone to hysterics
CharacterActorDescription
Eleanor of AquitaineThe French Queen who argues with her British King husband over which of their three sons will take the throne
Fanny BriceThe American stage performer and comedienne who has a turbulent relationship with her husband whose business ventures always fail
George S. PattonThe American army general whose eccentricity and controversial outspokenness cause him to frequently lose his command
Ben BradleeThe American executive editor who oversees two of his writers' stories on the Watergate scandal
Dashiell HammettThe American mystery writer who spends time with his friend and lover: a left-wing playwright
Jake LaMottaThe American boxer whose sadomasochistic rage, sexual jealousy, and sheer animalism destroy not only his opponents but those outside of the ring
Loretta LynnThe American country singer who marries young and rises to the top of her profession
Emma GoldmanThe Russian anarchist who influences a young American communist journalist with her revolutionary ideas
Mohandas GandhiThe Indian lawyer and political leader who leads several nonviolent protests to convey his anger with the British who occupy his country
Antonio SalieriThe Italian composer who is driven to madness by living in the shadow of one of classical music's greatest composers
Dith PranThe Cambodian photojournalist who covers the fall of Phnom Penh by the Khmer Rouge
Christy BrownThe Irishman born with cerebral palsy who becomes a writer and artist even though he can only control one of his feet
Bridget BrownThe Irishwoman who supports her son who lacks control of the majority of his body
Claus von BülowThe British socialite who is imprisoned for murdering his wife and is exonerated five years later
Béla LugosiThe Hungarian film actor who befriends and stars in the pictures of a terrible director and, simultaneously, struggles with his heroin addiction and old age
Helen PrejeanThe American nun who advocates against the death penalty and spends time with a soon-to-be-executed inmate
David HelfgottThe Australian concert pianist who struggles throughout life with his father and his own schizoaffective disorder
Elizabeth IThe English Queen who witnesses the first showing of a British playwright's most romantic production
Teena Brandon/Brandon TeenaThe American girl who goes through a sexual identity crisis, identifies herself as a man, is beaten, raped, then murdered in Nebraska
Erin BrockovichThe American single mother who exposes a large water company for poisoning its clients
Lee KrasnerThe American Expressionist painter who marries a hard-drinking contemporary in the field
CharacterActorDescription
John BayleyThe Irish husband, known to be timid and scholarly, of an outgoing Irish writer who's relationship is challenged by her Alzheimer's later in life
Alicia NashThe American wife of a brilliant mathematician who struggles with schizophrenia
Wladyslaw SzpilmanThe Jewish-Polish pianist and composer who manages to survive World War II after several near-death experiences
Virginia WoolfThe British author who suffers from severe depression while being forced to live in the English countryside and whose book affects three different generations of women
John LarocheThe American man who is arrested for trying to expose a loophole that allows Native Americans to legally poach endangered wildlife
Aileen WuornosThe American prostitute who kills seven men in the early nineties and and claims all her murders were in self-defense
Ray CharlesThe American pianist who, despite his blindness, becomes one of the most influential blues and pop musicians in music history
Katharine HepburnThe American actress who has an affair a movie director who is becoming more and more obsessed with flying
Truman CapoteThe American author who writes one of the most prolific non-fiction crime books in history and befriends the author of another classic American novel
June Carter CashThe American country music singer who is romanced by and then married to a self-destructive country music star
Idi AminThe Ugandan dictator who overthrows the government and ensues with a reign of blood and terror
Elizabeth IIThe English Queen who gets differing views on how to publicize the late former Princess of Wales
Édith PiafThe French singer whose life of constant drinking and smoking leads to a slow and tragic death
Harvey MilkThe American city supervisor of San Francisco who becomes the first openly gay man to hold office and is promptly assassinated
Leigh Anne TuohyThe American mother who adopts an African-American high school student with a massive physique and a penchant for football
George VIThe English King who uses a private tutor to help overcome a stutter when he is supposed to address the nation on World War II
Dicky EklundThe American ex-boxer and brother of an up-and-coming boxer who, although he thinks it's about his comeback, is having a documentary on crack addiction being made about him
Alice WardThe American mother of an up-and-coming boxer who is willing to fight to the death her position as his manager
Margaret ThatcherThe elderly former Prime Minister of the UK who is struggling with coming to terms with her husband's death
Abraham LincolnThe American President who struggles to lead a nation through a Civil War, to maintain his relationships with family and pass a Constitutional Amendment
Ron WoodroofThe American electrician who works around the medical system to get necessary HIV medication

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