Let’s take a romp through the whitewashed Cleopatras of Hollywood, starting in 1912’s Cleopatra with Helen Gardner:
Cleopatra (1917, starring Theda Bara)—This is the only footage found of this film.
Cleopatra (1934, starring Claudette Colbert)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945, starring Vivien Leigh)
Cleopatra (1963, starring Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra)
It goes on and on and on. Meanwhile, here’s what forensic scientists believe Cleopatra actually looked like:
Crazy, huh? She’s actually dark-skinned. Who would have guessed? (Please note my sarcasm.) What do you think about Hollywood’s obsession with whitewashing Egyptian culture? Write about it in the comments section below. You can also read my linked post above to learn more history behind the allure of claiming Egyptian and North African cultures as white culture (or is believed to not be culture at all, in the case of the Kingdom of Kush, which rarely gets discussed in the Western world.)