By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org October 25, 2012 7:30PM
Daniel Day-Lewis, left, in the vault at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, with author Doris Kearns Goodwin on November 19, 2010. / Provided photo
Updated: November 27, 2012 11:10AM
The Monroe factor . . .
He wanted to see Marilyn Monroe’s dress.
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who is starring in the new Steven Spielberg epic “Lincoln” premiering Nov. 8, may have requested a peek at Abraham Lincoln’s top hat when visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield in 2010.
But Sneed has learned the legendary method actor also wanted to see Marilyn Monroe’s sexy black off-the-shoulder sweater dress, which, surprisingly, was included in a purchased package deal of Lincoln memorabilia.
“He [Day-Lewis] let us know his father-in-law, the famous playwright Arthur Miller, was once married to Marilyn Monroe and heard we had her dress in our collection,” said David Blanchette, a Lincoln museum spokesman. (The actor’s wife is film director Rebecca Miller.)
“The Monroe dress is not on display,” said Blanchette. “He [Day-Lewis] may not have expressed the awe and reverence he displayed when he saw the Lincoln artifacts, but he expressed the same amount of interest,” said Blanchette.
◆ Backshot: The dress was worn by Monroe when she met Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg. The dress and pictures of Monroe posing with Sandburg, actually dancing with him, wound up in the Lincoln collection.
The Romney file . . .
Ya gotta be kidding: Ann Romney, the mother of five sons, told cooking show foodie Rachael Ray that had she given birth to a daughter, she would have named her “Patience Darling Romney.”
Hill swill . . .
Happy 65th birthday to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who will reportedly linger in office longer if President Barack Obama wins re-election.
Vote ’em . . .
It’s pretty obvious POTUS squeezed all the political juice he could while casting his early vote in Chicago Thursday — by chatting with and glad-handing the election judges, posing for pictures and delivering a lecture on voting early.
But is President Barack Obama guilty of electioneering?
◆ The answer: “No,” said election law dean Burt Odelson, who made headlines when he filed a legal challenge to knock Rahm Emanuel off the mayoral ballot.
“The president came close, but no cigar.”
◆ The stats: “He wasn’t wearing a campaign button, he didn’t ask anyone to vote for him or the Democratic party, and there is no law that says you can’t take pictures with consenting judges in a polling place.”
Vote ’em II . . .
A Republican election judge was so excited to see Obama, she even had her photo taken with the president.
Vote ’em III . . .
Is it safe to presume President Barack Obama pulled the lever for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, the only candidate to beat him when he ran for Congress in 2000 — when he cast his early vote Thursday?
Vote ’em IV . . .
President Obama, who doesn’t drive — per Secret Service guidelines — just renewed his driver’s license, undoubtedly the reason he was able to legally drive a friend’s Chevy Volt around the south lawn of the White House going 25 mph.
Holy Cow! Politics brought rival baseball fans together Thursday.
◆ Dugout dirt: Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts chaired a swank fundraiser for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, a diehard White Sox fan, at the posh Woman’s Athletic Club Thursday.
◆ Raspberry One: Alvarez thanked Ricketts for her endorsement despite the fact “she roots for the other team.” Then it was Ricketts’ turn to give Alvarez the raspberries.
◆ Raspberry Two: “In spite of the fact that Anita has been known to give my team some grief from time to time, I’m leaving the game on the field and giving Anita my full support,” said Ricketts.
It’s a Bulls bummer . . .
The Chicago Bulls waived guards Marko Jaric and Ryan Allen on Wednesday.
◆ Translation: That means disappointed Chicagoans won’t be gawking at Jaric’s wife — Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima — at the United Center any time soon.
Sneedlings . . .
Congrats to Mesirow’s tres-popular Les Coney, on being honored by the Kohl Children’s Museum Saturday night for helping make the museum accessible to all families . . . Friday’s birthdays: Pat Sajak, 66; Keith Urban, 45 and Dylan McDermott, 51.
$$$$ . . .
Comedian Drew “The Price is Right” Carey had lunch at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier Thursday . . . and shocked the waiter by leaving a $100 tip on a $50 bill. Now if only Michael Jordan would do something like that.