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Who’s the Best Marilyn of Them All?

Critical acclaim and legions of adoring fans are nice, but the true rite of passage for any actress on the rise is to pose as the screen siren that epitomized Hollywood glamour, Marilyn Monroe. Take a look at a few of the starlets who’ve portrayed the blond bombshell in film and print, and tell us who you think did (or will do) the vivacious vixen justice. Related Stories: The Dorito-Donut Diet: How Stars Gain Weight for Roles Hollywood Skeletons: Stars Who Are Too Skinny Celebs’ Best Career Advice for Women
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  • Michelle Williams

    The waiflike Williams transformed into the bodacious screen siren for her role in the upcoming movie My Week with Marilyn. Although she did gain some weight to look the part, Williams told Vogue she resorted to foam padding on her hips to get Marilyn’s signature curves.

    _Photo source: Vogue.com

  • Michelle Williams

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  • Madonna

    Madonna borrowed heavily from Marilyn’s image for most of her early career, but nowhere more obviously than in her video for “Material Girl,” which mimics (pink dress and all) Monroe’s iconic performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    _Photo source: People.com

  • Lindsay Lohan

    In 2008, Lindsay posed for Bert Stern, the photographer who shot the famous series of photos with Monroe in 1962 that have come to be known as “The Last Sitting.” Each of the photos with Lohan was a re-creation of one of the famous Marilyn shots.

    _Photo source: Nymag.com

  • Lindsay Lohan

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  • Drew Barrymore

    Barrymore posed as Marilyn for the cover of JFK Jr.’s George magazine in 1996. The birthday wishes, which were a nod to Marilyn’s famous serenade of John Jr.’s father, were for then-President Bill Clinton, who was turning fifty.

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  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi tries Marilyn’s platinum locks on for size for her upcoming role in the movie Blonde, based on the fictitious memoir of Marilyn Monroe by Joyce Carole Oates.

    Photo source: Madame

  • Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd

    The transformation from the pre-fame girl-next-door Norma Jean into the bleach-blond glamour-puss we know as Marilyn was so dramatic it was almost as if they were two entirely different people. That’s the premise behind 1996’s made-for-TV movie Norma Jean and Marilyn, which featured Ashley Judd as Norma Jean and Mira Sorvino as Marilyn Monroe.

  • Kelly Osbourne

    Kelly channeled her inner Marilyn for a photo shoot with People in 2010, when she was named one of their most beautiful people.

    _Photo source: People.com

  • Lisa Marie Presley

    Visionary makeup artist Kevyn Aucion transformed Lisa Marie Presley into Ms. Monroe for his 1999 book, Making Faces.

    _Photo source: Hotparade.tumbler.com

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