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Angelina Jolie in 'Maleficent'

A newspaper once printed a report that Jolie bought her own likeness from Cruz, though all he knows is that the doll was purchased by a buyer in France around the time she gave birth to her twins. Because most of Cruz’s transactions take place through eBay, they tend to be anonymous. Still, "it's nice to think that she bought my doll," he says.

Hollywood in Miniature: The Incredible Dolls of Noel Cruz

Gwynne Watkins
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

Shortly after Noel Cruz graduated from college, he was shopping on eBay for his doll-collector wife and discovered the market for

lifelike, repainted dolls. Intrigued, Cruz decided to apply his background as a portrait artist to paint dolls in the likeness of celebrities, and see if he could turn a profit. Fifteen years later, Cruz makes a living repainting store-bought dolls in the uncanny likeness of Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and other popular stars. His one-of-a-kind creations, which sell for thousands

on eBay or through private commission, take Cruz an average of three days to make – sometimes longer, if they have particularly intricate hair, tattoos, or facial features. (Cruz usually starts with a doll modeled after the celebrity he’s painting, and doesn’t re-sculpt the face or body.) The artist works more than eight hours a day and considers his meticulous work a labor of love. “Sometimes I punish myself because I can’t settle for anything less than perfection,” Cruz tells Yahoo Movies. “But in a way, it’s good, because I set such a high standard that I don’t have to worry about customers complaining.” From Harry Potter to Holly Golightly, take a look at these incredible "before"-and-"after" shots of movie characters from

Cruz’s portfolio.