Mia Wasikowska as Alice
Mia Wasikowska, above, star of Tim Burton's new
Alice in Wonderland
1859: English schoolgirl Alice Liddell was the inspiration for Alice and a frequent subject of Carroll's photography. Prurient speculation has surrounded the friendship between author and muse ever since.

1865: Political cartoonist John Tenniel provided the vaguely sinister pen-and-ink drawings for the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which gave Alice her china-doll face and iconic pinafore.

1951: In Disney's antic, claustrophobic adaptation, the animated Alice is a flaxen-haired sweetheart, easily upstaged by a butch, bellowing Queen of Hearts ("Off with her head!").

1985: The MTV generation got a different taste of Alice in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' video for "Don't Come Around Here No More," featuring a nightmarish unbirthday party—with Alice as dessert.

2003: Annie Leibovitz's lavish Vogue spread cast supermodel Natalia Vodianova as a waifish, glammed-up Alice who plummeted into Wonderland draped in couture by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.

2010: Mia Wasikowska, star of Tim Burton's new Alice in Wonderland.

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