Marilyn Monroe; the mysterious persona, artistry, glamorous style is PURE HOLLYWOOD. Yet, it feels heart breaking to write about her borderless and timeless fame. You expect such fierce woman behind the world-renowned fame which happened too much too soon, but you find an innocent, vulnerable, troubled young woman who died in controversy with a bitter taste despite her accomplishments in such short life time.
Due to her unusual, dangerous sexuality in front of the camera, Marilyn Monroe was captivating. Her short modeling career followed by acting.In 1950s, she was the most publicized actress in America. As much as she hated to be type casted as a “dumb blonde”, her most well known role is the irresistible, gold-digger, dim blonde Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). In the move, she sings the ever famous song “Diamonds are Girl’s Best Friend”.
She won a Golden Globe in 1960 for the Best Actress in Comedy with ‘Some Like It Hot’. Same year she got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You can visit it at 6774 Hollywood Blvd.
Highlightes about Marilyn Monroe:
- grew up in foster homes starting just after two weeks she was born in 1926,
- first married at the age of 16,
- Started her career as a pin up model in mid 1940s,
- Her career advanced as an actress in early 1950s; Don’t Bother to Knock (1952), and Niagara (1953),
- changed her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe in 1956,
- The iconic seen where her white dress lifted by a subway vent is from the “The Seven Year Itch”. Not only the scene has become one of the Hollywood’s iconic symbols, but the dress was auctioned for $5.6 million, making it the World’s Most Valuable Movie Costume of all times,
- She was an active advocate of Civil Rights Movement,
- From one her poems “ They say I am lucky to be alive/ It is hard to figure out/ When everything I feel hurts”
- The shimmering evening gown she wore to sing “Happy Birthday” to president John F. Kennedy in 1962, auctioned for $1.2 million, making it the most expensive personal dress.
Marilyn Monroe was beyond her time and for that she is still a legend; an unforgettable, Cinema Artist of Hollywood. Her fans still seek every bit of clue to get closer to the true Norma Jane.
A movie to watch: Some Like It Hot