Here's What "The First Lady" Cast Looks Like Compared To Their Real-Life Counterparts

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Showtime’s The First Lady attempts to present a spectacle as luxuriant as Netflix’s The Crown. The show puts the spotlight on the lives of three first ladies from disparate times — Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama — and recounts their personal struggles and triumphs.

(L-R): O-T Fagbenle and Viola Davis look triumphantly at some election campaign posters on a wall

The show takes a look at the events of their respective husbands’ administration through the lens of these three women at the heart of the White House.

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Let's take a look at the cast and their real-life inspiration:

Here's the real President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

President Franklin D. Roosevelt en route to Rhinebeck, New York while campaigning

And here's Kiefer Sutherland as President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

Kiefer Sutherland looking at someone
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Here's the real Eleanor Roosevelt:

Eleanor Roosevelt sitting at desk

And here's Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt:

Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt
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Here's the real Laura Bush:

Laura Bush speaks during a visit

And here's Kathleen Garrett as Laura Bush:

Kathleen Garrett as Laura Bush smiles
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Here's the real Michelle Obama:

Michelle Obama speaks onstage

And here's Viola Davis as Michelle Obama:

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Here's the real President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama smiles

And here's O-T Fagbenle as Barack Obama:

O-T Fagbenle as Barack Obama in THE FIRST LADY
Jackson Lee Davis / Jackson Lee Davis/SHOWTIME

Here's the real Gerald Ford:

Gerald Ford holds news conference

And here's Aaron Eckhart as Gerald Ford:

Aaron Eckhart as Gerald Ford
Murray Close / Murray Close/SHOWTIME

Here's the real Betty Ford:

Betty Ford poses in the garden of the Betty Ford Center

And here's Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford:

Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford
Murray Close / Murray Close/SHOWTIME

Here's the real Susan Ford:

Susan Ford holds her Siamese cat named Shan

And here's Dakota Fanning as Susan Ford:

Dakota Fanning smiles
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Here's the real Donald H. Rumsfeld:

Donald Rumsfeld talks to US President Gerald Ford

An here's Derek Cecil as Donald H. Rumsfeld:

Derek Cecil looks menacingly towards someone
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Here's the real Dick Cheney:

Dick Cheney sitting

And here's Rhys Wakefield as Dick Cheney:

Rhys Wakefield as Dick Cheney
Murray Close / Murray Close/SHOWTIME

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