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Everyone looks like someone. Maybe your mom or dad. Maybe a sibling or grandparent. But every once in a while, some people are told they look like someone famous.
A few weeks back, upon hearing a story from a co-worker, I thought it would be neat to see who else has been told they look like a celebrity. It was such an odd comparison, that most of those who heard it were laughing. Turns out, the kid only said he looked like someone famous because he was wearing a blue hoodie like the superstar has done on occasion. But an idea had been born.
So I asked around. I asked readers to submit their stories. I asked family, friends and co-workers to tell me theirs. A lot of people told me that no one ever said they looked like anyone famous. Some, however, shared their look-a-likes with me. And I even found a program online that will generate who it thinks you look like from a picture. Now I am sharing that information with you.
When the answers to my question came in, I had a wide variety of celebrities. As always, I will share mine before I share anyone else's.
When I was in college and my brother in high school, his friends all told him that I looked like Gwen Stefani (No Doubt). I didn't see the resemblance then, and I don't see it now. But when I ran my picture through the look-a-like generator, she was one of the top five people who popped up as having a resemblance to me. What an imagination the computer has!
When I worked at the mother of all department stores, a customer told me I reminded her of Ellen Degeneres. Didn't see that either. But hey, maybe I can be the next Covergirl then, right? Yeah. Dream on.
First, let me say thank-you to those who were brave enough to share their look-a-likes with me. Now, you be the judge. (Due to space issues, not all pictures are printed.)
Roger Wright of Steubenville said his sister-in-law says he looks like Jack Black.
Jody Wisbith of East Palestine has been told by a fellow co-worker and a friend that she looks like Sarah Palin. "It's the hair," Jody said.
Derek Zoladz, formerly of Rayland, was told he looks like Jim Parsons, Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory." (I am one of those people who have said that.)
Jeremy Kins of Weirton resembles Jon Heder, better known as Napoleon Dynamite.
Nikki Nameth of Rayland says she has been told she looks like Kate Hudson.
Missy Parrish of Steubenville says people have told her that she looks like Sarah Palin, especially when her hair is in a ponytail.
Lisa Evans of Wintersville reported that she looks like Rachel Ray and Christina Applegate.
Joanne Modreck of Bridgeport has been told, in earlier days, she looked like Angela Lansbury when she was on "Murder She Wrote." Lansbury, not my grandmother.
Danielle Nelson of Rayland is often told by her daughter Hailee that she looks like country music star Faith Hill.
In her younger days, Evie Brewer of Rayland was told that she looked like Natalie Wood.
Kim Biondi of Adena did the celebrity look-a-like generator online, and it selected Daryl Hannah as her look-a-like. "I wish I looked like her," said Kim.
Mark Letusick, my wonderful good-sport of a husband, looks like the Bandit, Burt Reynolds.
When he falls behind on hair cuts, Robert Coss of Rayland looks like Justin Bieber.
Gary Gross of Mason, Ohio, has been told by several people that he closely resembles Kelsey Grammar. He said he'll even give out free advice.
When she was in high school, Sarah Coss of Rayland was told that she looks like Audrey Hepburn.
I said before for you to be the judge. I meant it. Please go online to heraldstaronline.com (under the opinion sections) and vote for your top choice. The reader with the highest number of votes will win a Fiesta ware coffee mug. (Employees can not win but please vote for your top choice.)
Many look-a-likes earn a living by making guest appearances at public events or performing on television or film, playing the person they resemble. Maybe one of the above can land a job doing that, thanks to this article. If you do, I want a cut for making you famous!
(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)