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Happy Belated Birthday, Marilyn

A brilliant, insightful post by my best pal Sheila. Marilyn Monroe was the first human being I ever remember seeing. I was about a year and a half or so, and I remember as clear as day this vision on my television set in a big white dress, with big white puffy hair singing breathlessly to some guy she called “Mr. President.” I know it sounds fanciful, but it’s the God’s honest truth. As I got older and saw the clips of the now famous dress and the equally famous affair between her and Jack, I recognized both the voice and the figure as Monroe’s. At the time, she was simply a Goddess on my tiny 12 inch screen.

Monroe herself said:

“Some people have been unkind. If I say I want to grow as an actress, they look at my figure. If I say I want to develop, to learn my craft, they laugh. Somehow they don't expect me to be serious about my work.”

Exactly. And one of those people was probably me. Not until I had respect for myself or other actors as an adult did I realize the potential and the skill of Marilyn’s work. I could kick myself for that.

On her very last interview Sheila found this quote:

“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.”

Read the whole thing. It’s a marvel of a post and Sheila has gathered a myriad of fantastic quotes. Happy Belated Birthday Marilyn. You left us much too soon.


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Jun. 3rd, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
I love her! I love that last picture I found - the last one in the post ... of her with the sandals, in the beach cabana or wherever she is ... she's so young, so fresh!

-- sheila
Jun. 3rd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Sheila always posts the most fabulous things, and with Marilyn she has a subject worthy of lengthy discussion...

People say Marilyn died too young. But maybe she died at the right moment, where she would not age or fade in our memories? But I do hope that in the afterlife she found the peace she lacked here...
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I dunno
I just keep thinking, what would she be like if she were alive now? She could be playing Streep's mother or something in really cool Indie films. She could be the Sophia Loren of America. And she could definitely give Paris Hilton a lesson in how to be a true cultural icon.
Jun. 4th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Besides loving Marilyn and of course wondering what if?

A big hand to you Alexandra !! I was watching Out & Proud in Chicago last night and was happy and I don't know why I was surprised to see you right there in the thick of it !! Great job !!
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