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Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger's alleged mistress Mildred "Patty" Baena made headlines when footage surfaced featuring her impersonation of Marilyn Monroe's famously sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President."
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Marilyn -- who was born on this day in 1926 -- has certainly had her fair share of imitators. In honor of the iconic blond bombshell's birthday, here's a look back at some of our favorites.

Madonna has emulated Marilyn in countless magazine spreads, album cover art (such as the Herb Ritts-shot image that graces 1986's True Blue), and videos like "Material Girl," in which she channels Monroe's iconic "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" performance from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

In another Marilyn homage that received heavy rotation on MTV, Mariah Carey evoked Monroe's 1953 performance for troops in Korea with the Brett Ratner-directed video for "I Still Believe." The video sees a retro-glam Carey serenading soldiers at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

One of the most memorable Marilyn tributes in recent history was a cover feature in New York Magazine's 2008 Spring Fashion issue: Lindsay Lohan posed as Marilyn for lensman Bert Stern, re-creating "The Last Sitting," a well-known 1962 shoot he did with Monroe the year she died. Incidentally, Lohan's 6126 clothing line is named for Monroe's birth date.

Scarlett Johansson is an obvious heir to Marilyn's signature look, with her soft platinum waves and come-hither pout. Dolce & Gabbana took note of the striking similarities and styled ScarJo as the screen siren for a 2009 campaign.

Marilyn is the subject of two upcoming biopics: Michelle Williams portrays the actress in "My Week With Marilyn," which chronicles the making of the 1957 film "The Prince and the Showgirl," which co-starred Monroe and Laurence Olivier. And Naomi Watts will play her in an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 fictionalized memoir, "Blonde."

Perhaps none of Marilyn's film looks has been copied more than the indelible image of her white halter dress blown up by breeze from a subway grate, in "The Seven Year Itch." In fact, the pleated frock is currently expected to fetch about $2 million in an auction of famous film costumes that now belong to Debbie Reynolds. (Other memorabilia Reynolds is selling include Barbra Streisand's "Hello Dolly" gown and Audrey Hepburn's ascot dress from "My Fair Lady."

Which Marilyn Monroe tribute was the most memorable for you? Which of the actress' iconic looks do you want to steal?