The Curious Case of Marilyn Monroe’s Purported Reincarnation


Here is a vintage case: the tale of a Canadian singer who believed herself to be Marilyn Monroe reborn, and the doctor who believed her. It hails from ye olde 2005, and has been immortalized in the book Marilyn Monroe Returns: The Healing of a Soul, which has a mighty four stars on Amazon after nineteen reviews. Despite the overall positive rating, the top reviews are all distinctly negative – with even believers in reincarnation calling the book’s case a stretch.

You may regard reincarnation as primarily a spiritual matter: a process where, upon death, a person’s soul moves on to another body – which may be completely different, and may indeed – depending on the belief system – not even be human. But Dr. Adrian Finkelstein believes reincarnation to be an altogether different process. Namely, one can decode a individual’s past lives not via hypnotic regression or memories, but because they look similar to their prior self:

Dr. Finkelstein become convinced that Ms. Laird is indeed the reincarnation of Ms. Monroe, not only due to her memories, but also due to the presence of similarities in facial bone structure, hands, handwriting, voice pattern, linguistics and personality traits that exist between Marilyn Monroe and Sherrie Lea Laird.

I can understand the same soul showing the same personality across lives, but the same bone structure? The same physical appearance? Does a reincarnated soul warp their new form into its favored appearance, or does it specifically seek out fetuses that will grow up to look like their past self?

Ms. Laird, who goes by the stage name, Sherrie Lea, is a singer whose production of No Ordinary Love hit the top of the charts in Canada and Europe. It is interesting to note that in her film Bus Stop, Marilyn’s role was of a singer named Cherie.

So Marilyn Monroe is reborn, and she names herself – not Marilyn, not Norma, but to…a name that’s kind of similar to one of her characters.

Sherrie Lea Laird experienced vivid memories of her life as Marilyn Monroe, but more importantly, she looks just like her:



But let’s go from patient to doctor. Who is Doctor Finkelstein? A child of communist Russia, he taught himself Hebrew in secret and escaped to Israel, where he served as a medic before he began his study of past lives. You may wonder why past life regressions so often turn up someone famous. The good doctor has a explanation:


Everyone thinking they were famous in a past life is unlikely. They, of course, merely knew a famous person – which is obviously more likely. After all, your average ancient Egyptian totally met Cleopatra, so it works as a landmark. And again, look at that UNCANNY, EXACT RESEMBLANCE.

On the other hand, famous people have to reincarnate just like everyone else and recent reincarnation research indicates that people reincarnate very quickly, almost continually. If this is true, then we would expect people such as Marilyn Monroe and Anne Frank to be reincarnated at this point in time.

Oh, oh Christ. Tell me you did not diagnose someone as Anne Frank.

How do we validate past life matches as accurate matches? In validating a past life case, the following criteria should be met:

Oh boy! Let’s look at this very scientific process!

  • Facial Features should be consistent from lifetime to lifetime

Why? And how???

  • Personality traits are similar. Oftentimes passions and talents are consistent from lifetime to lifetime.

I’ll buy that. It’s maybe the one thing that almost makes sense here.

  • Linguistic writing style is consistent, as demonstrated in the case of Jeff Keene, where a formal linguistic analysis showed that writing structure in successive lifetimes is consistent

Sure. I mean, you may have been an ancient Egyptian who wrote in hieroglyphs in your past life, but you’d totally write in the same way now.

  • People incarnate in karmic groups, so friends and family present in a prior lifetime should be found in one’s contemporary circle.

People reincarnate together. Yet they also reincarnate quickly. Indeed, elsewhere he says it’s just a matter of days. Huh? Marilyn Monroe died fairly young, at just 36. Many of the people she knew outlived her by decades. So who joins those who die young in their new lives? Just whatever family are lying around the netherworld? “Oh, sorry about that car accident Billy, but hey – in your next life you’ll be joined by your weirdo uncle Jeff!”

The site this research originally hailed from is long-since gone, but it is archived, and mirrors exist. Doctor Finkelstein also diagnosed Ralph Nader as the Secretary of the Continental Congress (thanks to the assistance of a “spirit guide”, Ahtun Re, that was “featured in a number of Shirley McClaine’s books”); Carl Sagan as a reborn David Rittenhouse, America’s first astronomer; and Oprah as James Wilson, original Supreme Court justice.



And, to my delight, he discerned that the modern reincarnation of Ben Franklin was…the inventor of the Segway. Oh, 2005.