About Marilyn Monroe?
Marilyn Monroe was a hugely influential actor and model. She is one of the world’s most well-known actresses, often referred to as the “sex goddess”. In her day, she had a barrage of male admirers, and for decades she has been a leading symbol of female beauty. But did you know that there more to Marilyn than sexiness? For example:
-She starred in 31 films over 20 years as an actress (she became famous after appearing in Hollywood films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).
-She was the subject of a song by The Beatles, about a young girl dreaming of being like Marilyn Monroe (although it’s said that Paul McCartney wrote the song… just to get someone to sing it).
-Her last name is her stage name. In real life, her name was Norma Jeane Mortenson (later she got married and took his last name). So yes, “Marilyn” was actually a nickname.
About the film ‘Marilyn Monroe’ . . .
This movie is based on Marilyn’s life and career, centering around the events that lead to her death. There are many different stories about her on her life and afterlife, but one thing is certain: she died of a drug overdose at the age of 36. Although this film is based on those events, there are many different possible interpretations.
Major events in Marilyn’s life . . .
-Her father abandoned her when she was young and her mother had to work to support herself and Norma Jeane used to live in an orphanage. Later she became a model while trying to become an actress, but people did not take her seriously because of the way she presented herself (she was considered unattractive). In response, Norma Jeane changed her name to “Marilyn Monroe“.
-Much of Marilyn’s life was spent in a failed marriage with Arthur Miller. In the early days of her career, other men became interested in her and she had to marry Joe DiMaggio – another baseball player – because his family was rich and he could help her get out of being a model. But even though there were two men interested in Marilyn, she only loved one of them.
-Marilyn was also good friends with President John F. Kennedy, and it is said that she once had an affair with him.
-In this film, Marilyn is shown anxious about the future of her career. The film is taken from a point of view in which Marilyn Monroe killed herself because she was frustrated with her life – not because of an accidental overdose. This film is not based on a true story, but rather a series of events that represent several possible versions of what might have happened.
For example . . .
-She suffered from depression, which was caused because she did not know where her life was headed. In fact, it is said that Marilyn had been hospitalized for a week before her death because of an overdose of drugs. It is also said that she suffered from bipolar disorder.
-Just before her death, she said that she did not want to die and that she just wanted to sleep. It is said that Marilyn had a fight with her publicist concerning a relationship with President Kennedy. Because of this, many people believe that her death was caused by an accidental overdose.
-She used to take large doses of sleeping pills in order to help her sleep better. It is also believed that Marilyn Monroe’s suicide was caused by the fact that she took too many drugs (42).
Latest News about Marilyn Monroe . . .
Despite the fact that she has been dead for decades, Marilyn Monroe’s popularity is still alive and well. In fact, one of her dresses sold for $4.8 million in 2011 (the highest price ever paid for a dress worn by a movie star). Another good example of her continued popularity and influence is the fact that she was chosen to be on the 100 dollar bill (a somewhat recent addition to American currency).
A version of this article was first published in the Spring 2013 issue of The Blue Dolphin. The newsletter of the PAS Global Network.
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