We took a look at some of the Marilyn Monroe 'posers', Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears, who had themselves photographed in pictures similar to those which Marilyn Monroe became famous for.
Did these celebrities attempts at Marilyn "imitation" stack up to the original Monroe's?
We'll let our readers be the judge.
In 1962, just six weeks before she was dead from an overdose at age 36, Marilyn Monroe posed for photographer Bert Stern at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles. This set of famous pics are now referred to as "The Last Sitting."
She's just 21 but actress Lindsay Lohan was photographed by Bert Stern, the same photographer who photographed Marilyn in 1962 known as The Last Sitting.
"If you saw my house, I have a lot of Marilyn stuff. I've got this painting of her in my house. It's eerie because it's a picture and it's kind of like a cartoon, and there's a big bottle of pills next to her, and they've fallen over." Source - news.com.au
Lindsay on Marilyn Monroe
Lindsay seems to have more than just a "thing" for Marilyn:
Lindsay Lohan has purchased the Los Angeles apartment that movie legend Marilyn Monroe once called home. The 20-year-old, who is currently in rehab at the Wonderland Center in the Hollywood Hills, is expected to move into Monroe’s former two-bedroom apartment after her treatment is completed. Source - Hollywood Grind
Lindsay Lohan has redone Marilyn Monroe’s famous pictures taken in weeks before she died in 1962 called simply “The Last Sitting.” I don’t know why, but New York Magazine offers us an opportunity to see Lindsay’s boobies. You know, for the 8 of us who haven’t seen them. Apparently this is supposed to be artsy and respectable or conjure some similarity between Marilyn Monroe and Lindsay but I don’t see it. Sorry. Take off the wig, props and make up and I’m thinking Lindsay’s freckled ass needs to stop getting career advice from Dipso-Dina. Source - Extrawhoredinary
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Anna Nicole Smith emulated Monroe, even dying in a similar manner, from a drug overdose Feb. 7, 2007, at age 39.
The body is still warm and already the comparisons begin between Anna Nicole Smith and Marilyn Monroe. This is a denegrating insult to our American film heritage and to the legacy of Marilyn Monroe.Let’s put the idea back in the cupboard now. While Anna Nicole Smith was an accomplished hussy who also attempted acting in bad movies, Marilyn Monroe was an accomplished actress who needed men. There is no comparison on their accomplishments. None at all. Source - Right Pundits
Source - Fleadip
Madonna denied she had a thing for Marilyn, yet Fleadip, the Anti-Madonna site has a compilation of photos which shows Madonna copied more than just Marilyn's "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."
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To the Editor:
Francine Prose's article illustrates precisely why equating Madonna with Monroe is akin to likening articifically processed food to fresh produce: derivative, canned packaging is devoid of both the substance and flavor of the genuine article. Source - New York Times
Source - Milton's Marilyn Monroe
Twenty feet away from me, Britney Spears is pantless. Her sculpted hair makes her look like Marilyn Monroe on a date with DiMaggio, assuming they're going to Manhattan's ﬁnest pantless restaurant. She's wearing a sweater that probably costs more than my parents' house, and her white heels add ﬁve inches to her ﬁve-foot-four pantless frame. Oh, and did I mention she's pantless? She's not wearing any pants.
This is a hard detail to ignore.
Source - Chuck Klosterman, Esquire
A few words from Britney on.. sexuality... from her Esquire photo shoot and the Marilyn "Sweater" pose.
"I was just talking about sexuality with my makeup artist," she tells me. "And I was explaining to her that when I was thirteen years old, I used to walk around my house completely naked. And my dad would say, 'Britney, put some clothes on, we have people over.' My family just always walked around the house naked. We were earthy people. I've never been ashamed of my body. We were very free people. (Interview with Chuck Klosterman) Source - Esquire
Are these Marilyn "posers" a case of "imitation being the sincerest form of flattery?"
Lindsay admits having a Marilyn fetish while according to the site, Fleadip, Madonna incorporated Marilyn's poses into some of her early videos, even as late as 2003 in the W magazine spread.
Anna Nicole wanted to be Marilyn but became an infamous icon in her own right.
Britney most likely used the Marilyn "theme" for the photo spread in Esquire but we couldn't find any mention of a previous Marilyn "crush."
In our opinion these ladies may have tried to imitate Marilyn but invariably they fell short as none of them will ever be as beautiful or as sexy as Marilyn was. Marilyn was in a class all by herself.
Image - Lindsay Lohan - LATimes
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