Douglas Thmopson - Author and International Journalist

Anna Nicole Smith -

Daily Express Interview

In a pastiche of Marilyn Monroe's famous 'Seven Year Itch' photograph -- her skirt whirling around her flashing legs -- Anna Niicole Smith appears in one of her more conservative poses in this month's 'Playboy' magazine.

The indulgently endowed Smith, model, Playmate of 1993 and now difficult-not-notice actress, says Monroe is her idol.

When she venture into a recent photographic session her choice of photographer was Bert Stern who was responsible for one of Monroe 's last and lasting photo shoots.

Stern has had some of the Monroe pictures 'brought back to life' by high tech methods and staged exhiitions around the world of his work.

A renowned glamour photographer he talked about Smith in glowing terms. She had 'chraisma with the camera' and he added:' She was wonderful to photograph. She works hard, understands what effort and time is required to create the best pictures.'

Smith, made into a Monroe lookalike for the Guess jeans advertising campaign, quizzed Stern about Monroe and wanted to hear every detail of that last picture session.

'She is undoubtly a fan and clearly saw similarities between herself and Marilyn. Of course, there are the obvious ones -- blonde, busty and, you know, with that extra something. That ''it'' that elevates the stars.'

The model-actress who spills out of a red bathrobe on the cover of this month's 'Playboy' said she wanted to 'do comedy like Marilyn' and got her wish with a role in the third police spoof movie 'Naked Gun 33 1/3'. Also, like Monroe , she found a high class leading man -- she co-stars with Paul Newman in 'The Huckster Proxy.'

Anna Nicole Smith has a colourful background and since moving to Los Angeles to work on films her life has taken on some Monroe style excess. She rides around town in her Jaguar -- part of her prize for being chosen last year's Playmate of the Year -- and is seen at all the right restaurants and parties.

She is represented by the giant Rogers and Cowan Agency under the special attention of executive Paul Bloch whose other clients include stars like Sylvester Stallone and Rod Stewart.

She is,all agree, a star in waiting -- it's just that some fear she may ber too eager, in too much of a hurry and that could trip her up.

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