Michelle Williams Channels Marilyn Monroe: Starlets with Old Hollywood Glamour

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Guess who's taking a stab at becoming Marilyn Monroe for the big screen? If you said Lindsay Lohan, you would be incorrect! Instead, it's Michelle Williams--star of the Oscar-nominated film "Blue Valentine." Her turn as Monroe is seen in "My Week With Marilyn," a movie that displays a snippet that takes place during one week of Marilyn Monroe's life.

The "Seven Year Itch" actress is perhaps one of the most imitated Hollywood icons of all time. No matter how many years have passed, Old Hollywood glamour will always be celebrated. Few celebrities embody the nuances of this alluring era. But some definitely have got that old Tinseltown edge. Here are a few who naturally give off that vintage shtick.

Actress: Natalie Portman

Hollywood icon: Audrey Hepburn

Natalie Portman's stint in "The Black Swan" proved that she could handle both haughty "entitledness" and "goosey psychotic-ness" all in one. Her patrician features and delicate acting style echo Audrey Hepburn's timeless elegance. This is perhaps why comparisons between the two are frequently made.

Actress: Halle Berry

Hollywood icon: Dorothy Dandridge

Even if Halle had never portrayed this Hollywood legend, she could still be considered Dorothy Dandridge's kindred spirit. Something about her delicate yet sultry features and fragile demeanor have the ring of authenticity.

Actress: Debra Messing

Hollywood icon: Lucille Ball

The obvious connection here is Debra Messing's uncanny resemblance to the late Lucille Ball. But fiery red hair and goofball comedic antics aside, the two also share a raw, yet delightful energy on screen that few actresses are able to accomplish.

Actress: Kimberly Elise

Hollywood icon: Cicely Tyson

There is a reason that Madea creator Tyler Perry pegged actress Kimberly Elise for his debut, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman." Elise, who is constantly compared to the famous Cicely Tyson-is equally intense in most of her acting roles.

Actress: Eva Mendes

Hollywood icon: Sophia Loren

There are obvious differences between these two women. Mendes is Cuban; Loren is Italian. But both have that delectable olive skin and 'come hither' eyes. These dark-haired sirens quietly smolder, their wild streaks buried demurely behind their smiles. GRRrrrr...

Actress: Dita Von Teese

Hollywood icon: (a cross between Betty Boop and Bettie Page)

This comparison is a compliment. Marilyn Manson's ex-wife is notorious for her stately, burlesque style. Giving the distinct impression that she was born way after her time, Dita Von Teese embodies the very notion of "spicy and sweet."

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