Category: Marilyn Monroe

Lindsay Lohan is just like Marilyn Monroe, Lindsay Lohan says

Lindsay Lohan has compared herself to Marilyn Monroe

Because every starlet at some point must compare herself to Marilyn Monroe, we bring you this latest utterance from Lindsay Lohan: “People in their mind have created who I am and act as if there is no real person inside of me. Just like Marilyn. ... Marilyn never wanted to be just a celebrity. Neither do I.

"I don't want to be remembered as someone who just wanted to be photographed, who goes out at night, and gets in trouble."

The statement comes courtesy of "Marilyn: Intimate Exposures," a new book on the late bombshell. Lohan is credited with writing the foreword.

It's always a good time to watch stars compare themselves to other famous people, mainly because the doppelganger is always so totally inappropriate -- such as, say, Hitler. In the case of Lohan putting herself in the same category as one of the most recognized icons on the planet, well, at least she didn't bring up Tokyo Rose.

But is there any merit in her choice of soul sister? Well, yes. And by yes we mean not really. Maybe a little bit. Or, seriously, not.

"Marilyn never wanted to be just a celebrity. Neither do I."

For one thing, of course Marilyn wanted to be a celebrity. One does not get a nose job and a chin implant, correct an overbite on the orders of a producer, sign contracts with major studios, ardently pursue a career in the movies, pose for cheesecake photos on the covers of magazines and wear dresses cut to the navel at the Miss America Parade if one wants to remain under the radar. Lohan, however, may very well have never wanted to be a star; unlike Monroe, she started her career as a child under the thumb of stage mom Dina. Arguably, Lohan had no choice in the matter.

"I don't want to be remembered as someone who just wanted to be photographed, who goes out at night, and gets in trouble."

Lohan might want to take a vacation from the cameras if that's the case. Just a thought. As for Marilyn, she isn't really remembered for any of that. She's remembered for being an underrated, overly sexualized actress who starred in some of the most memorable movies of her time, who struggled with her own inner demons, and who died too young. Of the two stars, only Lohan is known for going out at night and getting into trouble. And that's something she can fix whenever she decides to stay home.

And finally:

“People in their mind have created who I am and act as if there is no real person inside of me.”

Oh, sweetheart, there's a person in there all right. We wouldn't keep writing about you if we weren’t always wondering what that person is thinking. Now we know.


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Left photo: Lindsay Lohan in 2005. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

Middle photo: A detail of the "Marilyn Forever" sculpture on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Credit:

Tannen Maury / European Pressphoto Agency

Right photo: Lohan in February. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images

Marilyn Monroe dress from 'The Seven-Year Itch' sells for $4.6 million

Marilyn Monroe's dress from "The Seven-Year Itch"

The dress that famously billowed up around Marilyn Monroe as she stood over a subway vent while filming "The Seven-Year Itch" sold for $4.6 million on Saturday at an auction of memorabilia belonging to actress Debbie Reynolds.

"Oh, do you feel the breeze from the subway?" Monroe said in the 1955 film. "Isn't it delicious?"

Delicious indeed -- the winning bid for the "subway grate" dress easily outstripped the $1 million to $2 million estimated value placed on the frock by dealer Profiles in History.

Reynolds, 79, had hoped to see the ivory-colored rayon-acetate halter dress with pleated skirt housed one day in a museum that would hold her massive collection of costumes, key props, movie posters, original costume sketches and more, assembled over the course of 50 years from studios including 20th Century Fox and MGM. A planned project in Tennessee went bankrupt in 2009, leaving the actress with creditors to pay. Reynolds, of course, is mother to actress and writer Carrie Fisher and was married to Eddie Fisher until he left her for Elizabeth Taylor.

The Saturday auction, held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, presented 700 items from Reynolds' collection, including Elizabeth Taylor's ceremonial headdress from "Cleopatra," the blue "Dorothy" dress worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming "The Wizard of Oz" and a Santa suit from the original "Miracle on 34th Street." A second auction will be held in December.

The winning bidder for Monroe's subway dress will add another $1 million in commission, CNN points out. Sound like a sign of a world going quietly crazy? Fear not: An original poster from the 1944 Ingrid Bergman-Charles Boyer film "Gaslight" was valued at a relatively sane $300-$500.

Next major pop-culture item on the auction radar: Michael Jackson's original "Thriller" jacket, which goes on the block this coming weekend.


Debbie Reynolds' movie treasures

Photos: Debbie Reynolds' auction items

Marilyn Monroe secrets were safe -- at least for a while

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photos: Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating, left, while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan in 1954. Almost six decades later, the dress, right, sold at auction for $4.6 million. Credits: Associated Press, left; Fred Prouser / Reuters, right


Debbie Reynolds is parting with her movie treasures


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