Cate Blanchett on the December cover of Vogue.

Cate Blanchett gold and glowing in Donna Karan on Vogue's December cover. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

The December issue of Vogue finds Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett as its stunning cover girl, and instead of flaunting her edgy fashion prowess, the Aussie star takes a more theatrical approach to the Annie Leibovitz-photographed cover and inside fashion spread.

Going hand-in-hand with Blanchett's upcoming role as the fiery Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' famed play "A Streetcar Named Desire," opening in Brooklyn, NY, the Leibovitz shoot finds the stunning 40-year-old actress draped across the stage and lounging front row in dazzling dresses by Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, accessorized by a colorful and flamboyant troupe of actors.

"There are so few experiences in our manicured, nanny-stated existence that have the quality of circus. Theater still does," Blanchett tells Vogue writer Adam Green, adding that her children love to play around backstage at the Sydney Theatre Company, which she and her husband recently took over.

"They're always engaged in the family business, so to speak," she says.

To see more of the shoot, which has a definite "Moulin Rouge" quality to it, and to read the article in which Blanchett dishes on her go-to fashion combo -- "A bit of risk, a bit of fun" -- and her three sons, visit Vogue.com.

The December issue hits newsstands on November 24.

Blanchett, in a gold lame Oscar de la Renta gown, at London's Old Vic Theatre with the eclectic Punch Drunk Troupe. Photo: Annie Leibovitz


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