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Could Any Modern-Day Actress Portray Marilyn Monroe?

Rumor has it Scarlett Johansson is topping a list of actresses to potentially play Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week With Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis. The movie will be "based on the diary of Colin Clark, an employee of Laurence Olivier, who looked after the blonde bombshell when she came to London to film Olivier's The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957." Here's more:

In the diary, Clark talks about showing Marilyn around Queen Elizabeth's private apartments at Windsor Castle and other "behind-the-scenes" trips. Clark published excerpts of his diary in 1958, but left the details of one week out. These chapters weren't released until he died in 2002, and will form the basis of the movie.

Other actresses reportedly considered for the role include Kate Hudson, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams. Between those three and Johansson, I'd say Johansson comes closest in the looks department, but none of these ladies seems quite right for portraying the sexy icon. Who, if anyone, could you see playing Marilyn Monroe on the big screen?

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gd101 gd101 7 years
nope. nobody can do it!!!
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
I'm sure Christina Aguilera could play her brilliantly, and is closer in age to Marilyn's during that time in her career for The Prince and the Showgirl. Scarlett is a boring actress, and not nearly pretty enough to play Marilyn.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Christina Hendricks would probably be the best, IMO. Perhaps Rachel McAdams, and maybe January Jones. Certainly NOT ScarJo - she might look the part, but she isn't a good actress. Maybe an unknown actress would be best? I agree that Cate Blanchett is practically a shape shifter - if she can play Bob Dylan, she could probably play Marilyn - but she would have to gain some serious weight.
lellybear lellybear 8 years
rachel mcadams was the first woman i thought of. i think christina hendricks would also be wonderful.
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