Don't believe what you hear: Imitation isn't always taken as a form of flattery—at least not in celebrity circles, where few faux pas cause more consternation than two stars showing up in matching Armanis. But judging by the latest batch of celebrity dos, the rules that apply to clothing don't hold for coifs. In recent months, Teri Hatcher has been sporting a bangs-in-the-face, hair-behind-the-ears style strikingly similar to Tori Spelling's. Melanie Griffith's recent chopping spree makes her look like a punk Meg Ryan. Though she's not known for crossing party lines, First Lady Hillary Clinton's latest hairstyle is nonetheless eerily reminiscent of Marilyn Quayle's legendary Barbie look. And in a nod to the biggest hair craze since Farrah Fawcett feathered her tresses back in the '70s, Chynna Phillips, Ellen Barkin and, yes, even that erstwhile trendsetter known as Madonna, have opted for the Jennifer Aniston cut.
"There's such a lack of individuality, even I can't tell a lot of these stars apart," says Beverly Hills überstylist José Eber, coiffeur to Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Taylor and the originator of Fawcett's once-famous layered look. L.A. stylist Sharon Gault, who's worked with Demi Moore, Lisa Kudrow and Ashley Judd, calls the rampant copycatting "the safe thing to do." Says Gault: "As with most women, it's a case of 'If it looks good on her, maybe it'll work on me.' You can't blame a star for being inspired by some other glamor goddess."
Not that any self-respecting celeb would ever attribute her knock-off do to anything more than coincidence. Says publicist Liz Rosenberg of her best-known client: "I can't imagine Madonna walking into a beauty parlor holding up a picture of Jennifer Aniston and saying, 'Cut my hair like this.' "