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What do you think Anne really looked like?
March 13, 2010
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Hannah
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It always sounded to me, as though Anne possessed what we today would call charisma. That she had an “exotic” beauty about her, and just knew how to draw people to her. That sort of magnetism transcends physical beauty.

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March 13, 2010
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I agree.  It seems to me that Anne confidence and an air of mystery that drew people in.  I've always imagined her as being exotic, too, even if not really pretty by standards then or now. 

March 30, 2010
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Well, I can go into exact detail of what i picture her to be. I imagine her with thin, sort of wavy dark brown hair, but in the light you can tell it's brown, a sharp cheekboned, olive colored face, black, well dark brown, almond shaped, big eyes, large, but yet attractive lips, a few small moles around her eyes, one elf ear, another regular, a long neck, small dimples, a long torso, but small breasts, long legs, long elegant arms, long fingers, wide hips, and is actually pretty thin. In a way, i was kind pof basing this off of me, since that's exactly how I look, oh and she speaks with a french\english accent, as I do. Oh but i'm also basing it of a portrait that i've seen. And that's more of a portrait for the song greensleeves. um anyway, the reason i based it off of me is because well, i'm an english french girl, and i have an english french accent. I'll post the picture that I am calling it Abby Lyn, because it looks like me. But actually I would imagine Anne to be the opposie of what was thedn pretty. But i believe she was a beautiful woman.[Image Can Not Be Found]

April 11, 2010
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What about the ring that Elizabeth I had that had a picture of both she and her mother in it? Do you think that is an accurate portrayal? At the angle that it is traditionally photographed at, it can leave the ring looking tarnished and damaged. However, if anyone can look at Alison Weir's recent book “The Lady in the Tower”, there is a picture of the ring in the center pages that is quite beautiful! I think Anne was absolutely gorgeous in real life. 

April 12, 2010
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I think that beauty means different things to different people – I think we've all been flabbergasted by a friend pointing at a member of the opposite sex and saying “Cor, look at him” and we've been completely baffled!

I think that Anne did not possess the usual English rose type looks that were seen as beautiful at the time but I think she had the winning combination of “exotic” looks, French mannerisms, probably a sexy French accent, sexuality, magnetism, confidence and intelligence, which would have shown in her eyes and smile. I think we all know people who just don't fit with the stereotypical idea of beauty but who we are drawn to because of a certain”je ne sais quoi”.

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March 31, 2012
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Sophisticated and cultured. Unendingly cultured. Temperamental, passionate, vindictive, generous, acid-tongued…. And finally, golden-hearted.

April 7, 2012
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Claire said

It’s so weird that we don’t really know what Anne looked like because none of her portraits are original, just copies of earlier works etc. So what do you think she looked like? What can we piece together from descriptions? What have you found in yoru reading? Or how do you imagine her in your head?

Well, Claire — according to ‘some’ history, Anne had moles, warts, and extra fingers… which I doubt!
Methinks she simply looked like any other young woman, and with the long brown hair, olive-toned skin, and brown eyes, when she was dressed as ladies dressed in those days, I imagine she would have been rather captivating according to men’s standards. But then, I am a female, so I cannot say with surety!Smile

April 8, 2012
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I have always imagined Anne’s male counterpart to be Johnny Depp, he is unusually handsome and quirky, yet has women all over the world swooning over him!

"It is however but Justice, & my Duty to declre that this amiable Woman was entirely innocent of the Crimes with which she was accused, of which her Beauty, her Elegance, & her Sprightliness were sufficient proofs..." Jane Austen.

April 8, 2012
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Everytime I look at the Duchess of Cambridge (Katherine) I think of Anne. Katherine is stunningly beautiful, in my opinion Anne wasn’t beautiful but she had that certain something that turned men’s heads and had an amazing aura about her. I see her like Katherine, tall, slim beautiful long hair.
I think not only men but also women were taken with her as they wanted to copy her. In Tudor England she wasn’t considered your average beauty but she possessed more than beauty to me.
I’ve never seen anyone that I’ve ever thought actually looked how I see Anne except Katherine Duchess of Cambridge Wink

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April 8, 2012
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In my imagination, Anne wasn’t as beautiful as your Duchess of Cambridge, but she had an animal magnetism that drew men to her. I think that it was also her self-confidence. I can see her walking into a room with her head held high, knowing she was attracting admiring looks from the men and enjoying every minute of it.Smile

April 8, 2012
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AnneBullen said

Well, I can go into exact detail of what i picture her to be. I imagine her with thin, sort of wavy dark brown hair, but in the light you can tell it’s brown, a sharp cheekboned, olive colored face, black, well dark brown, almond shaped, big eyes, large, but yet attractive lips, a few small moles around her eyes, one elf ear, another regular, a long neck, small dimples, a long torso, but small breasts, long legs, long elegant arms, long fingers, wide hips, and is actually pretty thin. In a way, i was kind pof basing this off of me, since that’s exactly how I look, oh and she speaks with a french\english accent, as I do. Oh but i’m also basing it of a portrait that i’ve seen. And that’s more of a portrait for the song greensleeves. um anyway, the reason i based it off of me is because well, i’m an english french girl, and i have an english french accent. I’ll post the picture that I am calling it Abby Lyn, because it looks like me. But actually I would imagine Anne to be the opposie of what was thedn pretty. But i believe she was a beautiful woman.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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April 8, 2012
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I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder, while someone can think your not good looking at all another might catch a 2 second glance at you and think your completely mesmerizing (spelling?). I believe Anne was beautiful too but there was something else that made men come at her like magnets maybe the wit, intelligence, the fact that she was nothing like anyone else at court. She was a breath of fresh air and the men, yeah they wanted that air.
I think Genevieve Bujold and Natalie Portman come closest to what I imagine Anne looking like. Dormer isn’t what I imagine Anne looking like at all and it has nothing to do with the blue eyes! I just think Portman & Bujold have the look of Anne but Dormer brought to life Anne’s personality and confidence.

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July 14, 2013
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I feel, and being a medium and having seen/felt her spirit, that Anne looks very much like the actress Rosalyn Landor (with a bit of Marc Almond thrown in for good measure), but with a darker complexion. When a get a moment when her presence around me is strong, I will try to channel a portrait of her for you.
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July 14, 2013
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Like Mary Crosby (‘Kristin’) from the tv show Dallas.

July 18, 2013
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I don’t think Bujold, Portman, or Dormer (She def never looked like Anne) looked anything like Anne. I think the Anne from The Six Wives of Henry VIII documentary for PBS looked the most like Anne. She isn’t pretty but she looks seductive and there is something about her that makes her exotic.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/sixwiv…..eft_01.jpg
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/sixwiv…..ght_05.jpg

July 18, 2013
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Catharine said

I don’t think Bujold, Portman, or Dormer (She def never looked like Anne) looked anything like Anne. I think the Anne from The Six Wives of Henry VIII documentary for PBS looked the most like Anne. She isn’t pretty but she looks seductive and there is something about her that makes her exotic.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/sixwiv…..eft_01.jpg
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/sixwiv…..ght_05.jpg

Bujold in my opinion was superb, Her fire when dealing with Henry having a hissy fit was exactly how I would imagine her to be. Charlotte Rampling was also good. If you want to look for a likeness for Anne I believe she looked like Dorothy Tutin who played Anne in the 1970’s mini series which is the one I think you mention Catherine.
However these are actresses playing a part. For realism in my opinion the John Hoskins portrait is the closest to how Anne would have looked. I don’t know why but that particular Portrait has always attracted me as being the “bone fide” Anne.

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I was reading Denny’s biography earlier this week and she claims Anne was a red-head. I put the book down and now can’t find it otherwise it’s give you the page number.

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November 8, 2016
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Found it…

Joanna Denny: Anne Boleyn A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen Hard back 2006 p 19

It is a fallacy that Elizabeth bore no resemblance to her mother. Both were above average height and shared the same features and dark. expressive eyes. The main discrepancy is in the colouring of the hair but as we have seen previously- and as the National Portrait Gallery portrait clearly indicates- Anne’s hair is best described as a rich auburn rather than black. There is a reddish tinge that may be an inheritance from Irish ancestry. Her eyebrows are not dark but of the same colour. The eyes are hazel brown not black.

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