Once half of Hollywood's most weird and wonderful power-houses, Helena Bonham Carter has masqueraded as multiple other-worldly beings during the 33 years she's worked within the film industry. From her first foray in 1983's TV movie A Pattern of Roses to Tim Burton's upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass —which will land in theaters tomorrow, May 27th — via multiple intriguing projects such as posing naked with a giant tuna fish, there seems to be little this insanely versatile Brit can't wave her wand over.
And, to show our thanks for the actress as she turns 50 today, we decided to seize the moment to celebrate 5 of her most seminal performances. Starting with...
1. Fight Club - 1999
Character: Marla Singer
Best Quote: "I've been going to Debtor's Anonymous. You want to see some really fucked-up people..."
2. Corpse Bride - 2005
Character: The Corpse Bride
Best Quote: "If I touch a burning candle, I can feel no pain. In the ice or in the sun, it's all the same. Yet I feel my heart is aching; thou it doesn't beat, it's breaking; and the pain here that I feel, try and tell me it's not real. I know that I am dead; yet it seems that I still have some tears to shed."
3. The Harry Potter franchise - 2007 - 2011
Character: Bellatrix Lestrange
Best Quote: "He knows how to play. Itty-bitty-baby-Potter."
4. Sweeney Todd - 2007
Character: Mrs. Lovett
Best Quote: "It's fop, / Finest in the shop. / Or we have shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd on top. And I've just begun. Here's the politician, so oily it's served on a doily, have one."
5. Alice in Wonderland - 2010
Character: The Red Queen
Best Quote: "Her name is Um, IDIOT!"
For a more in depth look at Helena Bonham Carter's iconic roles, click here.