While author-filmmaker Keya Morgan continues to put the final touches on his upcoming Marilyn Monroe twin bombshells, including this week the first-ever on-camera interview with one of the deceased movie star’s bodyguards, we’ll have to make do with the next best thing. That would be Virtual Marilyn (pictured).
She’s actually been around since 1996. But late last month, in this 50th anniversary year of the Hollywood icon’s death, the U.S. Copyright Office officially confirmed VM2’s originality. From today’s press release:
“The U.S. Copyright Office’s registration of VM2 as a virtual actress adopting the persona of Marilyn Monroe is a milestone in the convergence of Hollywood, Madison Avenue and the Internet,” declared Becky Altringer, manager of digiconmedia.net, the holder of exclusive licensing rights to the newly registered copyright. “Advances in computer generated animation and global broadband Internet links now make it viable for a virtual personality to ‘live’ in cyberspace and interact with a global Internet audience.”
SoCal-based Digicon is intent on elevating VM2 from “first virtual actress” to “first virtual media icon.” In other words, they hope to quickly add to a portfolio that includes a recent performance of the song “Love Me, Love Me” for a Japanese client.