Christine Ebersole in Amadeus.

Rebecca Night in Fanny Hill.

Keira Knightley in The Duchess.

Marianne Basler in Farinelli: Il Castrato.

Joely Richardson in The Patriot.

Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette.

Helen Mirren in The Madness of King George.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons.

Thandie Newton in Jefferson in Paris.

Judy Davis in Marie Antoinette.

Asia Argento in Marie Antoinette.

Hanna Schygulla in La Nuit de Varennes.

Marisa Berenson in Barry Lyndon.

Faye Dunaway in The Four Muscateers.

Geraldine Chaplin in The Three Muscateers.

Uma Thurman in Dangerous Liaisons.

Fairuza Balk in Valmont.

Annette Bening in Valmont.

Glen Close and John Malkovich in Dangerous Liaisons.

So which are my favorites? For authentic 18th century
foxiness, Asia Argento in Antoinette. For kick in the
solar plexus beauty, Hanna Schygulla in Varennes. For pure
emotion, Michelle Pfeiffer in Liaisons. And for the best
bare butt used as a writing table, Joanna Pavlis in Liaisons.