Monroe often-imitated, never-duplicated 0
Marilyn Monroe (File photo)
It's the summer of Marilyn.
Kicking things off with the June 1 celebration of her birthday (she would have been -- yikes -- 86) and leading up to the 50th anniversary of her untimely death on Aug. 5 -- the Marilyn Monroe-a-palooza is heating up across the globe.
Of course, it's not like the screen icon has ever really gone away. That beguiling, often-imitated, never-duplicated combination of sensuality and innocence that has kept Monroe's star burning brightly for more than half a century shows no sign of diminishing any time soon.
But that hasn't prevented the media from constantly trying to trumpet "the new Marilyn" or "the next Monroe"-- titles that have at one time or another been bestowed upon the following pretenders to the throne.
Shout-outs: Her Material Girl video (an "homage" to Monroe's Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), her Vogue video, her big-screen bomb, Who's That Girl, the 1991 Vanity Fair spread, an SNL sketch singing, "Happy Inauguration Mr. President"¦"
She said: "I'd love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way. I'd like to leave the impression that Marilyn Monroe did, to be able to arouse so many different feelings in people."
We say: Some Like it Not.
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Shout-outs: "Gentlemen Prefer fur-free Blondes" PETA ad, singing "Happy Roasting to You" at the Comedy Central Jeff Foxworthy Roast, the Playboy magazine spreads, her thing for older men, dying in her thirties of a drug overdose.
She said: "I just feel a connection with Marilyn Monroe. I just love her. I just completely feel what she went through."
We say: How Not to Marry a Millionaire.
Shout-outs: That 2010 Dancing With the Stars foxtrot to I Wanna Be Loved By You, the 2011 Bonita de Mas ad channelling the iconic blowing-skirt sequence from The Seven Year Itch, the Playboy connection.
She said: "It is great to be blond. With low expectations it's very easy to surprise people."
We say: Gentlemen Rockers Prefer Blonds.
Shout-outs: That 2009 Dolce & Gabbana ad, the beauty mark, an early frontrunner (eventually overtaken by Michelle Williams) to star in My Week with Marilyn.
She said:"I love Marilyn. I think she was incredibly beautiful. I am a curvy woman who is blond, and perhaps we are both comfortable in our femininity."
We say: The Misfit.
Shout-outs: Reprised the infamous The Last Sitting session for photographer Bert Stern in 2008 issue of New York Magazine, the January-February edition of Playboy, an axed SNL sketch with Jon Hamm as JFK.
She said: "Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle." (Spoken by Monroe and tattooed on Lohan's inner wrist.) Elsewhere on her arm is the Monroe quote, "I restore myself when I'm alone."
We say: Don't Bother to Knock.