London: Women may want to emulate Marilyn Monroe’s grace and demeanour and many may have dreamt of becoming her, but now a psychologically troubled Canadian singer claims that she was Monroe in a previous life.
Sherrie Lea Laird takes no pleasure in what she sees as her deep bond to Monroe.
Rather, it is something that has plagued her with terrible dreams and flashbacks and sent her to the psychiatric ward, reports the Independent.
Meanwhile, her doctor, Adrian Finkelstein is doing his best to establish a scientific basis for believing that Laird really is the reincarnation of the most recognisable actress of the 20th century.
In his book, Marilyn Monroe Returns: The Healing of a Soul, he points out her ability to answer hundreds of detailed questions about Monroe’s life under hypnosis.
She could even pick out Monroe’s maternal aunts in photographs, he writes.
Laird claims to be able to feel the crushing sensation in her chest that Monroe may have felt in her dying moments after she overdosed on pills on August 5, 1962.
She says that she experiences pain at the break-up between Monroe and John F Kennedy.
Perhaps most bizarrely, she believes her own 21-year-old daughter, Kezia, is the reincarnation of Monroe’s mother, Gladys Baker, who died just a few days before her birth.
Sceptics might be interested to note that Laird admits to having been fascinated with Monroe from the age of 11 or 12, when she first heard her sing Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.
She was particularly taken by the discovery that Monroe’s character in Bus Stop is also a singer, with an almost identical name, Cherie.