Blonde Bombshells Who Bombed as Brunettes

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Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
AKM-GSI
Just a day after she took home her Best Actress Oscar, Jennifer Lawrence debuted much darker locks in anticipation for Catching Fire reshoots. If her Oscar proves anything, it's that Lawrence, a natural blonde, has had good luck as a brunette. But for most starlets and pop stars, going brunette is the kiss of career death. Watch out, Jen, lest you join the ranks of these 13 blonde bombshells who totally bombed when they dyed their hair. {AKM-GSI}
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Blake Lively
Blake Lively
Warner Bros. Pictures
Notorious blonde bombshell Blake Lively tried her hand as a brunette in 2011's Green Lantern. Her now-husband Ryan Reynolds may have fallen in love with her (dark hair and all) on set, but audiences didn't warm to her look. Serena van der Woodsen wouldn't approve. {Warner Bros. Pictures}
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Anna Faris
Anna Faris
Relativity Media/Rogue Pictures
After finding success as a bubbly blonde in films like Smiley Face and The House Bunny, Anna Faris switched things up for 2011's Take Me Home Tonight. The film totally flopped. Unfortunately, we can't blame the massive failure of What's Your Number on Faris' hair, for which she was blonde once again. {Relativity Media/Rogue Pictures}
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Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Tisdale
The CW
Ashley Tisdale made a name for herself as a bratty blonde on the Disney Channel's uber-successful High School Musical franchise. Following the release of the final installment, Tisdale opted for a new 'do — and, arguably, the darker locks suited her better. But aesthetics aside, Tisdale appeared as a brunette in her short-lived CW show Hellcats. Her first series as an adult — and as a brunette — was canceled after a single season. {The CW}
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Britney Spears
Britney Spears
Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EJAF
Britney Spears debuted darker hair in late February of this year, just a month after she lost her X Factor judging gig. Spears has been a brunette before, most recently in 2007: the year of her infamous meltdown. Needless to say, Britney is better off blonde. {Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EJAF}
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Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
Columbia Pictures
Drew Barrymore loves to change her hair color, we've seen her bounce between blonde, brunette, and redhead more times than we can count. But in 2001, Barrymore ditched the blonde that made her a star in Never Been Kissed, and opted for an utterly sad brown color for the utterly sad film Riding in Cars with Boys. {Columbia Pictures}
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Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks
The Weinstein Company
In films like The 40 Year Old Virgin and on 30 Rock, Elizabeth Banks is the ultimate smart, sassy, blonde. But in 2011's overlooked film Our Idiot Brother, Banks fades into the background uptight, brunette, Miranda. She was thankfully blonde once again for The Hunger Games a year later. {The Weinstein Company}
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Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
Wenn/Dardis Mcdonnell
Christina Aguilera tried to shed her bubblegum pop image in 2002 with the release of a grimier album, Stripped (which she got "Dirrty" on) and jet black tips, to mixed results. Aguilera took the full dye-job plunge in 2004 to correspond with the release of her anthem "Fighter." While Aguilera's career never truly stalled, it definitely slowed down during this period and wouldn't really pick back up again until she landed a spot on The Voice. {Wenn/Dardis Mcdonnell}
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Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
The Weinstein Company
As mentioned perviously, Jennifer Lawrence went brunette for her Oscar-winner turn as Tiffany in Silver Lining's Playbook, making her one of the few actresses to break the brown-haird-curse. Will she be able to avoid its clutches for much longer? {The Weinstein Company}
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Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl
Lionsgate
Putting aside momentarily your personal feelings for Katherine Heigl (she's terrible), there's no denying she's the stupid rom com queen. But not even Heigl could bring audiences to see 2012's One for the Money. It's probably because she was brunette. {Lionsgate}
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Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough
Screen Gems
With starring roles in Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven and musicals like Footloose and Rock of Ages, Julianne Hough is on the up-and-up. As long as you forget that she was in Burlesque as a brunette. While you're at it, forget that Burlesque even exists. {Screen Gems}
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Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson
Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn
Jessica Simpson, who made a career out of being the hot, ditzy blonde (oh yeah, and she did some singing, too), opted for dark locks on a whim in 2007. That same year, Simpson became persona non grata for the Dallas Cowboys after allegedly contaminating her quarterback boyfriend, Tony Romo, with bad luck. {Adriana M. Barraza/Wenn}
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Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Wenn
Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta), is a natural brunette, and has opted for darker locks on a number of occasions. But the fact remains, it was as a blonde that she got her superstar start with hits "Poker Face" and "Just Dance." {Wenn}
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Malin Akerman
Malin Akerman
Warner Bros. Pictures
Malin Akerman was barely recognizable as a brunette in 2009's Watchmen. The 12 people who made it all the way through the film didn't even realize she was the girl from 27 Dresses. But that might also be due to the fact that those films had zero demographic crossover… {Warner Bros. Pictures}
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Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller
Paramount Pictures
Sienna Miller appeared as a brunette in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra. You don't get people to see your movie by putting your sexpot lead actress in a disguise, folks. {Paramount Pictures}

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