People: Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman, Audrina Patridge

Most stars get glammed up for their movie roles, but sometimes, going homely can work wonders for a career. Mariah Carey recently got a serious make-under for Precious, in which she plays a frumpy social worker. The critical huzzahs are a far cry from what she heard when she gussied up for Glitter.

Other examples:

• Nicole Kidman was fitted with a prominent prosthetic proboscis and won an Oscar playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours.

• Charlize Theron's reverse glamour shot in Monster included 30 extra pounds, shaved eyebrows, fake teeth and splotchy skin. She took home the Oscar, too.

Says she

"I barely talk to Lauren. We'll text every now and then, but that's about it. Heidi, um, keeps asking me to go to Bible study with her." Audrina Patridge, on her relationship with Lauren Conrad and Heidi Pratt, her co-stars on MTV's The Hills, in the October issue of Maxim

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