‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’
Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825
The Marilyn Girls
“You don’t just wake up in the morning and wash your face and comb your hair and go out in the street and look like Marilyn Monroe. She knows every trick of the beauty trade”
Milton Green, Photographer
There are many Marilyn Monroe ‘look-alikes’ to be found on various agency books, do an internet search for ‘Marilyn Monroe lookalikes’ and you will be amazed 193,00 pages on Google!
However, there are only a few that really are dedicated to bringing Marilyn’s magic into the 21st Century with a sympathetic and genuine love for the woman that has captivated a generation after generation. The Marilyn girls take being Marilyn seriously, after all, she has provided them with a full time career, a lifestyle and celebrity status.
I have personally had the very good fortune to meet some of these women that are without doubt the best Marilyn Monroe impersonators in the world. They are not just considered the best because of their looks, not just because they are so dedicated that they have their own hair bleached and styled as Marilyn had hers, not just because they have a wardrobe of glamorous Marilyn costumes, or because they can tunefully add a ‘Boop-boop-a-doop’ when called for – though it does help!
They are the best because they’re professional in their approach to each job, they are always impeccably dressed, all their costumes are well made and cared for, they have honed their act, they know their subject and they know how to deliver. From entertaining the public to entertaining their peers in the industry these Marilyn girls bring the visual essence and glamour of Marilyn with the fun and intelligent wit that Marilyn herself possessed.
“I’m close, I can feel it, I can hear it, but it isn’t really me”
Marilyn Monroe, talking about her image
UK based 'Marilyns'
One of the top Marilyn look-alikes is the undoubtedly amazing Suzie Kennedy - a consummate professional, Suzie delivers a delicious helping of Marilyn; she captivates her audience and is enthusiastic for her role.
Having always been drawn to the culture and styles of the 1950’s and bearing a very obvious resemblance to Marilyn, Suzie was approached by some people in the look-alikes industry and was invited to join an agency. Her first job was for an ‘After Eight Mints’ commercial in 2001 with the 'real’ Naomi Campbell and Stephen Fry, from there on her feet have hardly touched the ground!
She even sang to Jack Cardiff who was Marilyn’s Cinematographer on ‘The Prince and the Show Girl’ he thoroughly loved Suzie’s performance and commented that she was a ‘perfect Marilyn’
With an impressive résumé, having performed all over the world Suzie has appeared in films, high profile advertising campaigns and is consistently in demand. Suzie has modelled Marilyn’s clothing and jewellery.
Elegant, witty and oozing sex appeal 'Lorelie Lee' from 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' is before your very eyes - Suzie really is a fabulous 'Marilyn'.
Hanna Nixon is... 'Unmistakably Marilyn' Hanna fell in love with Marilyn after seeing her on a calendar that her brother had on the wall of his room. Her passion for Marilyn continued to grow, and having a background of theatre and stage work, Hanna decided to combine her love of the performing and her passion for Monroe to bring Marilyn moments to other people's lives.
Unmistakably Marilyn gives you the full Marilyn experience, perfect for small or large events including birthday parties, after dinner entertaining, meet and greet, corporate events, weddings, openings and publicity events, PR, hosting, voice over and adverts. Hanna has a selection of beautiful Marilyn costumes and will add the essential glamour to any occasion! I was personally thrilled when Hanna agreed to come and open Retro Daisy Vintage in Worthing for me - she flew in from Scotland and was a dream Marilyn - I will be forever grateful to her - I cannot possibly recommend her highly enough!
Another amazing Marilyn lookalike is Pauline Bailey who has a wealth of experience as Marilyn and has appeared on TV, in commercials, music videos, magazines and other media forms.
From an early age Pauline was interested in wearing original 50's clothes and took on a vintage style - she bleached her hair blonde and the people began telling her she looked like Marilyn Monroe - and after contacting a agency she was taken on there and then and has been working as Marilyn ever since!
Europe based 'Marilyns'
Claudia Kooij aka Memory Monroe
After being told she looked like Marilyn Monroe, Claudia from the Netherlands performed as 'Marilyn' at a friends birthday party - to overwhelming applause! With such enthusiastic encouragement and feedback, and with her experience of attending Jazz School Amsterdam - Claudia decided that she would put all her energy into perfecting her Marilyn appearance and become a professional Marilyn Monroe Tribute Artist.
Claudia, who is professionally known as Memory Monroe, has performed for Dolce & Gabbana at Domenico Gabbana's 50th Birthday celebrations. she has recently been seen on Dutch Television in 'My Name Is… My Name is Marilyn Monroe' with stage and TV credits, Claudia is available as both a sound-alike and look-alike Monroe with a stunning array of costumes and an enviable list of credits and rave reviews for her performances!
USA based 'Marilyns'
Susan was featured in the L.A. times as 'the number one working Marilyn Monroe in the business'!
Probably one of the most famous Marilyn Impersonators in the world, Susan has worked with some of the best Producers and greatest Actors in Hollywood today including - John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Joel Grey, Rosanna Arquette, Peter Greene, Scott Bakula, Dennis Hopper, Dustin Hoffman, Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank, Zack Braff, to name but a few...
Starring in the lead role in Marilyn and Me, she has also featured in Pulp Fiction, Quantum Leap, Time Cop, Dark Skies, Cybill, Growing Pains, Thirty-Something, On Stage America, The Strip and Nip/Tuck.
Susan was also chosen to portray Marilyn Monroe (in a pseudo photo shoot) for Elton John's RED PIANO in Las Vegas.
Having received numerous awards such as the Cloney Award for "Most Outstanding Impersonation of a Female Film Legend," as well as a "Reel Award" for Best Actress, Susan is a professional actress, impersonator and singer, experienced in film, television and stage, commercial and print ads, corporate events and trade shows.
Janet has been performing as Marilyn for over 7 years, capturing Marilyn's essence and enthralling her audience.
Appearing on TV, newspapers, radio and many other media forms, Janet has also toured China as Marilyn!
She performed for Marilyn's co-star from Some Like It Hot - Tony Curtis (who had allegedly commented after a scene that 'kissing Marilyn was like kissing Hitler') on the occasion of his 82nd Birthday - Tony had previously selected Janet as no.1 Marilyn lookalike and presented her with the award in 2004!
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