Monday, August 2, 2010

"I can be smart when I need to be."

Just as beautiful all glammed up and she was with minimum makeup, Marilyn Monroe is an enduring icon of sexuality and beauty. Born Norma Jeane Baker in 1926, the girl bounced from orphanages to foster homes until her marriage at the age of 16. After her husband was shipped off in the war, Norma Jeane was discovered by a photographer capturing images of women's efforts during the war. Within 2 years, Norma Jeane was a popular model. When her husband returned home in 1946, Norma Jeane divorced him and chose to pursue her dream of a film career. Shortly after her divorce, she was signed to a contract with Twentieth Century Fox, changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, and dyed her hair blonde.

1947 saw Marilyn's first movie role, but her breakthrough came in 1950 with The Asphalt Jungle. I think we all know what came next. The marriages to Joe DiMaggio and then Arthur Miller; the Golden Globe awards and her filmography; and then her shocking death in 1962 at the age of 36. She had made more than 30 films and left her indelible mark on Hollywood and still embodies the height of beauty for women and men everywhere. I'm not gonna go all "candle in the wind" on your ass, but, she was definitely gone too soon.

Thanks to for the biographical details.


  1. When "The Misfits", with Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift began filming, Marilyn had grown into her beauty. By toning down the heavy make-up, she was not only more beautiful but showed a fragile, vulnerable face that was truly endearing to her fans.
    She was my first "Hollywood Crush" and I still regard her as, perhaps, the most beautiful actress of all time.

  2. The background on my computer is Marilyn reading a book. It looks like she is in an office. In her pj's. I LOVE the photo.