'The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence And 15 Other Actresses Who Portrayed Famous Fictional Heroines [PHOTOS]

 
on March 16 2012 12:59 PM
  • Katniss Everdeen
    Jennifer Lawrence -- Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Lionsgate via Facebook
  • Galadriel
    Cate Blanchett -- Galadriel in "Lord of the Rings" New Line Cinema via Facebook
  • Claire Danes
    Claire Danes -- Juliet in "Romeo + Juliet" Reuters
  • Jennifer Ehle
    Jennifer Ehle -- Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" BBC via Facebook
  • Anne Shirley
    Megan Follows -- Anne Shirley in "Anne of Green Gables" Sullivan Entertainment via Fac
  • Jodie Foster
    Jodie Foster -- Clarice Starling in "Silence of the Lambs" Orion Pictures via Facebook
  • Lady Marian
    Lucy Griffiths -- Lady Marian in "Robin Hood" BBC via Facebook
  • Georgie Henley
    Georgie Henley -- Lucy Pevensie in "The Chronicles of Narnia" Walden Media via Facebook
  • Keira Knightley
    Keira Knightley -- Elizabeth Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" Focus Features via Facebook
  • Vivien Leigh
    Vivien Leigh -- Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind" Flickr/Creative Commons
  • Kate Maberly
    Kate Maberly -- Mary Lennox in "The Secret Garden" Warner Bros. via Facebook
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow -- Emma Woodhouse in "Emma" Miramax Films via Facebook
  • Winona Ryder
    Winona Ryder -- Josephine "Jo" March in "Little Women" Reuters
  • Bella Swan
    Kristen Stewart -- Bella Swan in "Twilight" Summit Entertainment via Faceb
  • Emma Watson
    Emma Watson -- Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" movies Flickr/Creative Commons
  • Mia Wasikowska
    Mia Wasikowska -- Alice in "Alice in Wonderland" Disney via Facebook
  • Mia Wasikowska
    Mia Wasikowska -- Jane in "Jane Eyre" Focus Features via Facebook
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Jennifer Lawrence is portraying Katniss Everdeen in a movie adaptation of The Hunger Games.

The job is a big one. The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins' wildly popular trilogy, is a story about children who are forced by their government to fight each other to the death until only one is left. The character of Katniss has been received well for the most part by fans and critics.

It's a credit to Collins's skill at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable, Publishers Weekly wrote in a review of the first book.

Lawrence joins a long line of actresses who have portrayed beloved fictional heroines for television and film, including Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series), Jennifer Ehle (Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice), and Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind).

Check out these photos of 15 other talented actresses who have taken on some of the biggest fictional heroine roles. Who's your favorite?

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