Monday, September 17, 2007

Molded in their image

Bob Woodward and Marion Barry will soon be rubbing (wax) elbows.

Figures created for a new D.C. wax museum are being readied for an Oct. 4 opening.

Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, Robert E. Lee, J. Edgar Hoover, Bob Woodward and Marion Barry will be among the attraction's more than 50 figures.

Once the museum opens, the sculptures - which are painstakingly researched and designed - have to be touched up every day after close.

"Sometimes we have to remove lipstick marks from some of the more popular figures," Lisa Partridge, the museum's hair color artist, told the AP. "The George Clooneys get a lot of attention from women who touch them and kiss them."

While Woodward was a frontrunner, his reporting partner Carl Bernstein will have to wait. Bernstein is on the waiting list for future museum additions.

Which other local figures should be on the list?

-JACKIE SAUTER, Multimedia Editor

Above: The wax heads for Thomas Jefferson, left, Johnny Depp and Beyonce Knowles, wait for installation at the newest Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington.

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