Gwyneth Paltrow Will Dress As Mary Todd Lincoln For 'Glee': We Suggest 5 Other Historical Cameos

Gwyneth PaltrowThis is the stuff the "Random Yet Notable" category was created for. You probably already knew that Gwyneth Paltrow will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of "Glee." But did you know her substitute teacher character will be dressing up as Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln and singing a showtune from "Chicago"? Seriously. We have it on good authority from "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy, who was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's entertainment blog Speakeasy.

We won't find out until the episode airs what this whole Mrs. Abraham Lincoln thing is all about, but it got us thinking about other intriguing historical figures that we'd like to see get their moment on "Glee." Since New Directions rocked that amazing Lady Gaga episode, we know they're game.


Easily one of the most kickass women in history, Cleopatra was a colorful personality and a total man-killer. Sounds to me like a good opportunity for Santana to take centerstage.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon was one of history's most powerful men, and one of the smallest. For some reason, I can just picture Kurt being able to use a history lesson on Napoleon (while in costume, of course), to get across one of "Glee's" moral lessons.

Rosa Parks

She's more of a modern historical figure than anyone else on this list, but Rosa Parks is easily one of the most recognizable faces in the fight for racial equality. And since there's bound to be a "Glee" episode dealing with racial diversity, why not let Mercedes reenact Rosa's famous bus rebellion?

Vlad the Impaler

Halloween is coming up, and—surprise, surprise—vampires are still all the rage, so you can't tell me there isn't some way to incorporate the man who inspired the creation of Dracula into the show. Just toss in a song from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"'s Dracula puppet musical, and they're set.

Louisa May Alcott

So what if we have a soft spot in our hearts for the author of "Little Women"? She was an important figure during the Civil War era just like Mary Todd Lincoln, and a big proponent of women's rights. We see her included in a Girl Power! episode (as long as the Spice Girls are represented too!).

Are you excited Gwyneth Paltrow is coming on the show? Do you like any of our suggestions for other historical figures to incorporate?