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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.

Brangelina Terrorized by $100 Mil Kidnap Threat


Angelina Jolie and newly adopted son Pax escaped a plot by kidnappers to snatch the boy upon his arrival to the US – and to demand $100 million for his return. According to an exclusive report in this week's Life & Style, a "credible" plot was "meticulously planned" by a gang that has executed kidnappings and extortion plots before. "They're highly skilled operatives with little regard for human life," says an insider close to Brangelina's security team. Though the couple have faced kidnapping threats before, this particular menace was deemed "credible and serious" – and was, apparently, foiled before any harm could come to the child. Meanwhile, reports L&S, Brad has installed a $500,000 security system in the home the couple bought in New Orleans, and what's more, the house is just a block away from a police precinct.

Lohan to Felon Dad: Back Off


Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan has finally spoken to her felon father, and as Page Six reports, he didn't like what he heard. "You still haven't changed," Lohan reportedly told dad Michael. "Don't go near my mother ever again."

Michael Lohan, who was just released from jail March 13, has been hoping for a reconciliation, and as TMZ first reported, wanted to see Lindsay in New York as she played guest DJ at the exclusive club Plumm. But Lindsay enlisted the club's help in keeping him out, and has now warned her mother as well: "Lindsay called her mother [Dina] and told her to be careful and to take care of her brother and sister."

Party Favors: Todd Bridges Is NOT Dead ... Ashton Kutcher's "Punk'd," However, IS Dead ... And The James Blunt-Petra Nemcova Romance is Kaput as Well


Todd Bridges is still alive and well, thanks very much – TMZ spoke to his mom Betty yesterday, and the former "Diff'rent Strokes" star is doing just fine. The confusion apparently arose because of the recent death of a truck driver named Shawn Bridges, who had a longtime addiction problem. ... Ashton Kutcher's greatest body of work – MTV's "Punk'd" – is going off the air after eight seasons. (Eight? Where has life gone?) The final season kicks off April 10, with Hilary Swank, Magic Johnson, and Nelly Furtado amongst the Punk-ees. ... Petra Nemcova and James Blunt have officially called it quits, according to People. The lovebird couple split in February.

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46.

K man    

Howard k Stern is simply a 'stalker' who got in. He controlled every aspect of her life. The Medical examiners in Florida are cluless This would never happen in Canada or the UK.
It is a travesty. I simply can't believe when I listen to the medical examiner in Florida defend his findings. Last night on Gretta Van Sustren one of the examiners admitted to taking a hair sample from Anna Nichole but they did't find it nesescarry to test it. This is unreal.

2680 days ago
47.

uniformsformilitarypersonnelonly    

Sharon, you're damn right she was a media whore. Since when didn't she want to be photographed. Stern feeds the judges/his lawyers and everyone else that will listen and they all EAT IT UP because he was SO GOOD TO ANNA and NO ONE LOOKED OUT FOR ANNA'S 'INTERESTS" LIKE HK$. SHE COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER LAWYER/FRIEND.
They all said Scott Peterson was a loving husband too !!! Let's keep it real here.

2680 days ago
48.

adrlau    

NO SHE COULDN'T ACT, BUT SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL, EVEN WITHOUT MAKEUP!! EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS SURGICALLY ENHANCED!!!! I'VE FOUND SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING, THIS BUSINESS & WEBSITE THAT BONNIE STERN HAS STARTED, www.flurtzchocolate.com & READ THE TESTAMONIALS, ONE BY DR KRIS ESTROVITCH!!! VERY ENLIGHTENING!!!! I WONDER IF ANS BANKROLLED THIS?????

2679 days ago
49.

jaime    

Anna would not have wanted to go to the hospital because she was on so many drugs.
The first thing they do when someone is admitted to a hospital is test for drugs and STD's.

2679 days ago
50.

tba    

The public to Lohan "Back Off" and disappear.

2679 days ago
51.

whocares    

ANS wanted to die like MM and she got her wish. Quit accusing people of murder.

They need to just stop reporting on Lindsay Lohan.

Go Brangelina!!!! Too many people jealous of them.

2679 days ago
52.

Just Joy    

No amount of money can protect Brad and his family in New Orleans. Soon as he is finished filming, they should escape ASAP. Dig deeper guys... New Orleans is still a nightmare.

2679 days ago
53.

Funny Girl    

ANS could in no way compare with Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe was sexy but innocent-seeming. ANS always looked like some kind of hooker - she was kind of a caricature of Marilyn Monroe - like a cartoon with too much of everything. Anyone who things she looked anything like Marilyn should go watch a few MM movies and see the difference. Also, ANS was just tacky acting. It seems she would have sex with anything in pants - or out. I think she didn't even like the sex - she was just a user and men were stupid enough to give her things in exchange for sex.

2679 days ago
54.

Jay    

A producer with a brain! Gotta love it!

Allowing Anna to play the role of Marilyn Monroe would have been the ultimate slap and disrespect to Marilyn Monroe's legacy!

Marilyn had TALENT! Was she a sex symbol? Yes. Was she a flirt? Yes. Was she risque? Yes. BUT SHE HAD TALENT! And it wasn't just in having every plastic surgery procedure known to man, taking off her clothes and spreading her legs to any guy who had something she wanted...YUK!

NO COMPARISON! NOT EVEN CLOSE!

2679 days ago
55.

annab    

maybe they were going to kidnap anjolina, and not the renamed boy. maybe they were going to take her somewhere and force feed her.

2679 days ago
56.

LaughingatBrangelina    

Re: Angelina, whom I enjoy reading about, as relaxing job-stress release -- The other day Joy Behar on the View mentioned she had participated in two movies with Angelina when A.J. was just starting her career -- Joy said that A.J. was obsessed with becoming super-famous, and that Joy and others constantly had to reassure A.J., that it would happen someday and to have patience. I do think, after watching one of those films years ago, where an adolescent Angelina played an Italian school girl, that nose, jaw, and chin cosmetic tweaking, along with some surplux unneeded lip plumping, occurred later in her life. It's fine, but like HIllary Clinton, A.J. can't seem to admit to any imperfections, flaws, or regrets usually.

Angelina has serious self-esteem issues and a not very logical way of thinking through issues, and their potential backlash. She buys a $600 diaper bag which is a hot item for celeb Moms to wear as a purse, not a carrying case for baby items. A luxury, not a necessity. Tori Spelling paid for one, too, but Tori Spelling doesn't go around the world, giving interviews on the terrible plight of poor children throughout the world, and trying to raise awareness. I don't think Angelina is so much hypocritical as conflicted and very inconsistent; and it will continue to backfire on her. Her need for publicity is placing the children she births or adopts in serious risk of kidnapping. This reminds me of the early warning signs, with Lindsey and Britney and Anna Nicole, before it became so obvious they were out of control. Brad seems too infatuated with Angelina, she won't speak with her father, her brother seems like an enabler -- I wonder who within her personal life can really level with her and help her.

2679 days ago
57.

Reita Perdue    

you scumbag hks why don't ypu drop off the face of the earth, you are such a low llfe, we in America hate you

2679 days ago
58.

K    

Marilyn Monroe also died of Chloral Hydrate overdose. It was a commonly prescribed sleeping medication at that time.

2679 days ago
59.

joanne    

with all these kidnapping tales, maybe jolie should stop putting their pictures on the cover of magazines.

2679 days ago
60.

sl    

Anna Nicole does not even look like Marilyn Monroe you guys.
Plus she didn't devote her life to learning the craft of acting. She just acted dumb and tried to immitate Marilyn's poses and facial expressions in an extreme unatural way.
She was a good model though and her own personality seemed funny on her show.

2679 days ago
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