Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Marilyn Monroe: An American Icon

June 1st was Marilyn Monroe's birthday. She is such an American icon, such a part of American history. Alex has some interesting things to say about her. Sheila O'Malley has a wonderful MM tribute with some not commonly known stories, facts, quotes and pictures like the ones below.

Norma Jean in jeans

To read Marilyn Monroe's story is to grasp a big part of Americana. She is Hollywood's greatest starlet turned beautiful sex symbol super star. She is the misunderstood loner, and the most sought after pin-up. She is known for her T and A but was also a great actress\comedienne. Her career includes stars like Brando, Gable, Lemmon and Olivier. Her personal life includes playwright Arthur Miller and baseball great Joe DiMaggio. She was no one dimensional character. She was intelligent, complex and multi-talented.

“What I really want to say: That what the world really needs is a real feeling of kinship. Everybody: stars, laborers, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. We are all brothers.
Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.”


New Black Woman said...

I've always adored Marilyn Monroe. It's just something about her that draws me to her.

Dustin said...

Thanks for posting this. I have always liked her. She always seemed like such a gentle and likeable.

Pop Feminist said...

You might be interested in a recent post I wrote on Monroe.


She's really something.

Jackie said...

I'm so glad people appreciate her. I just know she would like that.

Marilyn Fan said...

Where did you find the picture of Norma Jean in Blue Jeans? I had not seen that snapshot before and it is fantastic. I would love to get a copy of it.