Playing Mao: warts and all

May 29, 2007

Quick quiz: A great compliment when a woman reaches 50 is…mao portrait 160.jpg

a) Gosh, you look just like Sharon Stone
b) Gosh, you look just like Glen Close
c) Gosh, you look just like Diane Keaton
d) Gosh, you look just like Mao Zedong

Meet Chen Yan, a 51-year-old woman who looks and acts remarkably like Chairman Mao, the Chinese leader in the portrait (left) who died in 1976. Naturally, she’s trying to figure out how to make herself some money out of that. She has movies in mind, but how many Mao flicks the world needs is anybody’s guess.

Meanwhile, she could do children’s birthday parties, celebrity endorsements, stuff like that. On quiet days, she could just go to the mausoleum where Mao’s embalmed body is on display in Beijing, dart in and out of the tourist line, and scare the bejesus out of folks. Here’s the story:

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Chen Yan, a 51-year-old woman, waves to crowds while impersonating China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong, during a photocall in Mianyang, Sichuan province May 26, 2007. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause


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Didn’t I see her with Cher in Vegas over the weekend?

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She looks like she should be on Star Trek with that ‘do.

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Any time, anywhere, baby!

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Check out the lady on the right of the weird lookin lady with da wart

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