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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/ 3/2008

Workday Waster: Just Call Me Paris

By Liz Kelly

True confession: In the time I usually reserve for ruminating over the day's main post -- a process at once highly technical and spiritually draining -- I've been goofing around with this face-morphy-thingamabob that lets any user upload a photo of oneself and transform it into the visage of a celebrity (and not just any celeb, but one the site's software has determined you slightly resemble). So, duh, I lost no time in changing myself into Paris Hilton.

Which immediately tells you three things: 1. The site's software is -- shall we say -- smoking something, because I look nothing like Paris Hilton; 2. I am a sucker for gimmicks; and 3. I'm not above infecting you with my feckless, workday-wasting habits. Hey, it was either this or a dissection of Madonna's latest Vanity Fair interview.

Here's the result of my morning's hard work:

MyHeritage: Family trees - Genealogy - Celebrities

Get your own morph on here. You can thank me at 2 ET.

By Liz Kelly  | April 3, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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Comments

Oh. My. Gosh.
I am going to have so much fun with this thing. Thank you, Liz Kelly! Thank you and bless you.

Posted by: methinks | April 3, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Please, please, please: submit Gene's photo. I'd love to see who he morphs into.

Posted by: A peanut | April 3, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

oh that's too easy: gene=ernest borgnine

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

ooooh, i got hu jintao, the chinese president. and i'm a girl.

:((

Posted by: kate | April 3, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

gene = Gene Shalit.

Posted by: No way.. | April 3, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

hey, 11:33, there's no need to insult poor Ernest Borgnine like that.

Posted by: kevin | April 3, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

No, Gene will look like Gene Shalit from the Today Show.

Posted by: 23112 | April 3, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't know Liz. That transformation to Paris was pretty seamless. Maybe you should get a short, blonde wig and see how many people tell you that you look like her!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"ooooh, i got hu jintao, the chinese president. and i'm a girl."

I'm sorry, but that just made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: Oh... | April 3, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

LiLo will probably go back into rehab after she watches me morph into her and back again. (Yeah, I'm gonna send it to her!)

Posted by: pixie radiance | April 3, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Ohhhhhhh, this is going to be my new play thing. Sadly I can't use it at work, they're starting to crack down.

Posted by: petal | April 3, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I ended up with a range of celebrities from Ashley Tisdale (sorry, but who IS that?) to Raven Symone (sp?) to Heidi Klum. The facial recognition software is definitely smoking something since I don't look anything like any of those gals, except for Heidi Klum. (ya, right.) I'm going to try a different picture.
Thanks for the great time waster, Liz. This is uber-fun.

Posted by: methinks | April 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

It's one thing to morph yourself, but hilarious to do it with relatives. Back when the program just told you who you most looked liked (no morphing), they said my grandmother (age 86) looks 90% like Sid Vicious. Awesome.

Didn't tell the gran that though

Posted by: mdem | April 3, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I got Goran Visnic and Steve Fossett, and three or four guys I'd never heard of.

I dunno if I want to look like a guy who's presumed dead.

Posted by: byoolin | April 3, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I got Wayne Brady and I'm a girl. Do they only have one celebrity for each ethnicity? I kinda hope they do. Because if the choice was between Halle Berry, Beyonce and Wayne Brady . . . and I got Wayne Brady . . . that is too terrible to contemplate.

Posted by: Renee | April 3, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, byoolin, Goran Visnic. That's got me laughing.

Posted by: methinks | April 3, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Christopher Lee, John Travolta, and Avril Lavigne? It's days like this when I think the universe is messing with me.

Posted by: michael | April 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I got Gillian Anderson, cool. Gary Oldman, cool, even though I'm a girl. Elton John, wha???

And, for the ultimate in this site's smoking something...Dianne Keaton. Liz, don't hate me!

Posted by: Organic Gal | April 3, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Liz, let me tell you, I experience real dramatic tension during that video and felt palpable relief when it returned to your sweet, familiar face. Whew.

Posted by: other liz | April 3, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Watch Keith Richards morph into Brian Dennehy and Jerry Seinfeld morph into John Travolta.

Sadly, Dick Cheney does not morph into Darth Vader.

Posted by: Sasquatch | April 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Okay, it's all fun and games until somebody gets accused of looking like Vin Diesel. I'm taking my ball and going home.

Posted by: other liz | April 3, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

When I tried a picture of Weingarten, the Celebrity Morph software said it couldn't find a face.

I guess that means that Gene not only has a voice for print, but also a face for print.

Posted by: Sasquatch | April 3, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Other Liz writes:

"I'm taking my ball and going home."

Hmmmm...Lance Armstrong, perhaps?

Posted by: Sasquatch | April 3, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, byoolin, Goran Visnic. That's got me laughing.

Posted by: methinks | April 3, 2008 12:10 PM

Game, set and match to methinks.

Posted by: byoolin | April 3, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What!!!!???!!! I got Jack Osborne or Sylvia Plath - and I'm a cute blond! (therapy needed)

Posted by: 20001 | April 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

T'anks, byoolin. I hoped you would have caught that!

Posted by: methinks | April 3, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What kind of name is Norkys?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Liz was probably hoping for a morph into Kat von D

Posted by: Mister Methane | April 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

My celebrity twin (72%) is someone called Norkys Batista (who?). Oh well, at least it got the Hispanic part of my ancestry right.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I got Giselle. I don't know what all you people are saying that it isn't accurate, cause, me... Giselle? No brainer. :)

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... They claim I look like Glen Close (yay!), Meryl Streep (yay!) and John Ritter (wha?). I look like a dead guy? Superb. :P

Posted by: PGM | April 3, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Glen Close, Meryl Streep and John Ritter was the lineup for the cast of "Three's Company In The Twenty-First Century" a film project which was cancelled by Mr. Ritter's untimely death.

Posted by: byoolin | April 3, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

i got holly marie combs. who the heck is holly marie combs??? WTF??? on the 2nd pic, i got cate blanchett. whew! i can stop now!

Posted by: wats | April 3, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Sasquatch, I spewed tea when I read this:


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Other Liz writes:

"I'm taking my ball and going home."

Hmmmm...Lance Armstrong, perhaps?

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Thank you.

Posted by: Liz Kelly | April 3, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of morphing faces, the picture of Keith Richards on the WaPo home page is just scary.

Posted by: michael | April 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking of morphing faces, the picture of Keith Richards on the WaPo home page is just scary."

Evan scarier when you realize that this picture of Keith Richards is the one that morphs into Brian Dennehy.

Posted by: Sasquatch | April 3, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

byoolin check your covers. Madonna was on the September issues, not July. But you got the right year.

Posted by: omni | April 3, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

O.K.....

Ione Skye, Andie McDowell and the Rock.

...the Rock??? Too funny.

Posted by: another Liz | April 3, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Liza Minelli, Emma Watson, Dakota Fanning, and Vanna White. yikes!

Posted by: skm | April 3, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

wats, Holly Marie Combs was one of sisters on Charmed.

She's a cutie: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=+holly+marie+combs&gbv=2

Posted by: omni | April 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

byoolin check your covers. Madonna was on the September issues, not July. But you got the right year.

Posted by: omni | April 3, 2008 01:56 PM


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Once again, I claim The Great Forced-By-Mom-To-Burn-My-Own-Smut Conflagration Of '86 as my defense. I had to get the dates from Wikipedia.

Posted by: byoolin | April 3, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm JC Chasez. Booooo...

Posted by: Angela | April 3, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Lauren Graham, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tara Reid (WTF?!!! Well, at least my boobs are real...) Somewhat jealous of the friend in the picture with me, who looks like Monica Belluci. Oh well.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | April 3, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'm happy to report that I apparently do not look like a man :)

Posted by: ASinMoCo | April 3, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I just put in a picture of the annoying guy at work and he was matched to Molly Ringwald. Yessssss!

Posted by: BoredAtWork | April 3, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would defend Naomi Campbell but here goes. It was in the chat that she was arrested in Heathrow over a dispute about a lost bag. If she was flying through Terminal 5, I don't blame her. That opening is so screwwed up people are still waiting for their bags from opening day. It was only a matter of time before someone went off. The airport workers union even issued a statement warning about just this happening.

Posted by: ep | April 3, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"Sadly, Dick Cheney does not morph into Darth Vader"

I would have thought the penguin guy from Batman...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 3, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm American Indian hottie Q'Orianka Kilcher, which makes sense since I'm at least distantly native American and Sarah Michelle Geller. Uh, OK.

My husband is Shatner or Paulina Porizkova.

My 15 month old is Lisa Lopez or Pete Doherty or Shirley Manson. So, a musician! Cool!

Posted by: atb | April 3, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

My options were about 6 men and Beyonce. For the record, I am female and the only thing I have in common with that picture of Beyonce is a big smile.

Posted by: h3 | April 3, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I got Carolina Dieckman (sp?). I had never heard of her. I sure WISH I looked like her, but it ain't what I see in the mirror everyday.

Posted by: LLL | April 3, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Uhh WOW- I got 5 choices that include Natalie Imbruglia, Serena Williams & Jewel along w/two other persons (Carol Voderman &Rinus Michels) I've never heard of. I have large eyes like Natalie, I'm black like Serena but I think that is where the similarities end...

Posted by: plamar1031 | April 3, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I look like Hal Sparks and Dennis Quaid, and my son looks like Dakota Fanning. I'm going to be in therapy for a while over this, Liz. Thanks.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joe Pesci, Mikhail Barishnikov, Gary Cooper, Rabindranath Tagore. In that order.
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