Charlize Theron, Halle Berry and Cameron Diaz: Models who've turned actress

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Candice Bergen: With several different careers to her credit, modeling was one of them for this multiple Emmy winner for "Murphy Brown," seen most recently on Broadway in "The Best Man."

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Ali MacGraw: Her movie output wasn't enormous, but "Love Story" alone was a hugely significant credit for her.

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Cybill Shepherd: One of the most stunning transitions from model to actress was made by this "Moonlighting" star in her iconic screen debut, "The Last Picture Show."

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Lauren Hutton: "American Gigolo" cemented her transition from someone who posed for the cameras into someone who truly acted for them.

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Lois Chiles: Roles that relied largely on her beauty ( "The Way We Were," "Moonraker") led to her deeper acting ( "Broadcast News," "Say Anything ... .")

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Brooke Shields: A novelty as an actress when she made "Pretty Baby" and "Endless Love," one of the most popular teen models ever became a seasoned comedy talent on television's "Friends" and "Suddenly Susan."

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Andie MacDowell: "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was the real breakthrough for the beauty who's been seen lately on ABC Family's "Jane by Design" and has a Hallmark Channel series coming up.

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Halle Berry: "Monster's Ball," and the Oscar she earned for it, are all the proof needed of her acting skills ... but a number of her other movies back it up.

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Rebecca Romijn: The more acting she does -- even in ABC's short-lived "Eastwick" -- the more this former model shows her natural humor and appeal.

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Cameron Diaz: As a teen model, she showed the spirit that has served her well over many films.

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Charlize Theron: The Oscar she won for her "Monster" showed how seriously this former model takes her acting, as do her turns in " Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Prometheus."

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Olga Kurylenko: After faring well with a moodiness in the James Bond caper "Quantum of Solace," she's proving her acting chops even more on the Starz series "Magic City."

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Brooklyn Decker: It's still early for her as an actress, but her engaging humor in "Just Go With It" and her authority in "Battleship" indicate promise.
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