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Anna Nicole Nixed for Marilyn Role Months Before Death

3/28/2007 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith wanted to play her idol Marilyn Monroe so badly, that six months before her death, she tried to finance a film about Marilyn's baseball hubby Joe DiMaggio – but was turned down for the part.

The film, based on sportswriter Marv Schneider's book "DiMaggio: Setting the Record Straight," was in production, and Smith "offered to at least partially finance it, about six months before she died," Schneider tells Ben Widdicombe of the New York Daily News. But Smith was "rejected out of hand" because she wasn't "considered ready" for the part. What's more, says Schneider, if Anna got the role, "we thought we'd have a tough time getting a top actor to play DiMaggio."

Ironically, the hospital where Smith died – Florida's Memorial Regional Hospital – has a wing named for Joe DiMaggio.

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16.

Catherine    

Anna Nicole was TOO BIG (height as well as the obvious weight issue) to play Marilyn Monroe and had absolutely NO acting ability. I agree that it would have been hard as hell to get a decent actor to play across from her in the role of Joe. Face it folks she was best at being a weirdo celebrity. PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.

As for Linsey Lohan (Poster #4 - I quite agree with you)--- QUIT SHOVING HER IN OUR FACES. She has "grown-up" now, is NOT cute anymore, and had very limited acting ability anyway. She is also on the path of just being a celebrity. PERIOD. TMZ and all you paps out there make her such. Its not suprising her Dad is a wife-beater, red-neck idiot. She definitely has the look of trailer trash any more.




2713 days ago
17.

For Justice and the American Way    

I loved Marilyn Monroe - but Anna was prettier than Marilyn. Just as confused and mixed up though. I think that's why we love these people....we feel sorry for them.

2713 days ago
18.

IhateJon    

#17, the DNA hearing is set for April 3rd, but it's been reported that on April 3rd, they will have the hearing TO SET YET ANOTHER DATE lol, and the saga continues.

You can bet your ASS Stern will have an appeal filed. He wants to hold on to his trump card as long as possible. We may not know for sure that the baby is Larry's, but what we DO KNOW FOR SURE is Stern ISN'T THE DADDY!!! Trust me, they've done a PRIVATE DNA test and you KNOW BARF BAG would be waving that paper all over the news!!!!

2713 days ago
19.

LIN WOOD LOOKS LIKE A WOMAN ABUSER HIMSELF!    

SOME ONE KILLED NICOLE, GIVING HER A FATAL DRINK! PERIOD.

SHE PROBABLY IDOLIZED MM BUT THAT DOESN'T JUSTIFY THAT WENT TO PICK UP TO HIS YATCH AND DECIDED KILLING HERSEL INSTEAD, NO WAY STERN IS VERY GUILTY FOR HIS DISSAPEARANCE.

MOTIVE: MONEY AND AFRAID OF THE COMMING DANIEL'S INQUEST , NICOLE KNEW SOMETHING AND STERN PANICKED!!.

2713 days ago
20.

Nutz    

Foxy - DNA test results not to be given until April 3, unless something breaks before then.

2713 days ago
21.

S.R.    

Just a couple of thoughts -

I wonder how she would have been able to "partially finance the project", when, just a few months later, her son died and she didn't have the money to bury him, but mysteriously had the money to purchase a boat.

Okay, on a less sinister note - How sad but appropriate was the rejection to play Marilyn. It seems in the last months of her life, she received not only the proverbial " One Two Punch", but rather a "Six Seven Punch" or more. Perhaps, as the enabler/supplier/stand-by-and-do-nothing boy, Stern witnessed the slow decline of a human being and just tried to make her "feel good" when she had nothing to feel good about. She was being rejected by everyone other than the freak show she chose to keep as her entourage, the Yes people.

They all had a hand in her death.

2713 days ago
22.

S.R.    

Dr. M #6

wow.... what a foul-mouthed way to show your Love for God!

SHAME ON YOU!!!

2713 days ago
23.

S.R.    

floridagal and foxy -

Do you think it may be possible that Birkhead already knows, hence the purchase of baby clothes???

2713 days ago
24.

eddie    

Foxy--the last I heard the test results were to be announced next week. Of course, it'll probably be the week after that....or the week after THAT... or the week after...Oh well, you know what I'm getting at.

2713 days ago
25.

pam    

Theres a gag order in effect until around april 5th. So no DNA results until
then. Thats to allow Howard and his legal team the right to appeal,

2713 days ago
26.

Nutz    

Sharon R.,

I believe it's very possible that LB may know the dna results. If you are referring to tmz
post yesterday of LB in Miami at Baby Gap, that was not Larry, it was his twin brother,
look at the nose and the larger hips in the pic.
The only LB baby shopping trip I know of was the one in LA after Debra Opri attended
court with him in CA.
If Larry knows, he probably isn't able to say anything. I sure hope he is the father.

2713 days ago
27.

uniformsformilitarypersonnelonly    

Yes, Sharon R., they all have Daniel's and Anna's blood on their hands. When there is dried blood "caked up" in the sink, she's dry heaving in an empty bathtub, 105 degree fever, severe abdominal pain, CANNOT URINATE, brown spotting on the sheets and has diarrhea, WHAT OTHER CLUES WERE THEY WAITING FOR?????

OH, BUT WAIT...... their way out of this is........ "SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE MEDIA FRENZY." These excuses now work with our government. If this were the common American, we'd be in jail now facing negligent homicide.
And the powers that be are entrusting this man with care of an infant? What is wrong with this picture?

2713 days ago
28.

pam    

I wonder, aside from her late husband J howard marshall, how much money she really has.

2713 days ago
29.

S.R.    

floridagal -

FOR REAL??????????? ARE YOU KIDDING??? A TWIN?????
Holy cow!! I wondered why he seemed a little heftier!!!

Amazing..... TMZ is too much, lol.

2713 days ago
30.

amanda    

Anna looked the part, but from the clips of "Illegal Aliens", she was acting challenged.

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