Norma Jeane, the daughter of Gladys Baker, a woman of a nervous disposition who had been abandoned by two husbands, was born in Los Angeles in 1926 and spent the first weeks of her life sleeping in a drawer.
When her mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, she begins her long pilgrimage from one adoptive family to another until she ends up in an orphanage…
I’m not going to expand on her sad childhood and traumatic adolescence, nor on the melodramatic stories that so often precede the road to success in the entertainment world.
I will briefly highlight a few words that sum up some thoughts that demonstrate how she handled being a woman in a man’s world, and her sad childhood:
“When I was a child,” Marilyn said, “maybe at the age of 6 or 7, I dreamed that I was in a church without any clothes on, naked, but without feeling any shame.” Her interpretation of the dream was: “I probably wanted to take my clothes off because I was ashamed of them.” They were orphan’s dresses. Naked, she was the same as the other girls. The fact is, however, that Marilyn naked was not like any other girl: she was pure feminine perfection, and she knew it.
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Norma Jeane Mortenson was born on June 1st, 1926, at the Los Angeles General Hospital.
She never knew her father, and it is said that this deeply marked the personality of a beautiful, intelligent, hypersensitive, flirtatious, dissatisfied woman, who was constantly seeking the safeguard of a protective man. The absence of a father figure and the weak presence of a mentally unstable mother meant that Norma Jeane spent her childhood with adoptive parents and in foster homes. At 16 she married James Dougherty to avoid the orphanage. She later married Joe DiMaggio (who loved her deeply) and Arthur Miller… Both these marriages would also fail.
It is rumored that the list of Marilyn’s lovers was endless: Elia Kazan, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, the Kennedy brothers (John and Robert), Frank Sinatra…
A victim of the STAR SYSTEM of the golden years of Hollywood, Marilyn sold her body to several producers, and in her memoirs she acknowledged having slept with executives of the main film studios, such as Joseph Schenck, co-founder of 20th Century Fox, who opened the doors of stardom for her.
The star always felt trapped and typecast in the role of the dumb, frivolous, sensual blonde, but fought until her final breath to be able to play more complex characters.
Marilyn loved literature. This could explain the fact that one of her husbands was the famous playwright, Arthur Miller, and that her third and last husband and great friend, Truman Capote, was the author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a novella he wrote and dedicated to Marilyn, even though it was ultimately Audrey Hepburn who starred in the film.
“I like to be totally dressed, or if not, totally naked.
I don’t like half measures.”
And yet the image she projected was quite the opposite, more along the lines of the roles of the superficial woman and “husband-hunter” in which Hollywood typecast her. Marilyn was a character she created by herself, with enormous ingenuity.
There was something magical, yet despondent at the same time, about her. She was the most desired woman of the twentieth century. Her measurements: 94-58-92, 1.66 m and 53 kg…
She shocked men and women alike when she confessed that she did not wear underwear, or that Chanel No. 5 was all she wore in bed.
In the cinema, despite the praise of the critics and the compelling evidence of the screen, it was not until her part in NIAGARA that she obtained her first important role. The whole world would discover that Marilyn Monroe was much more than just a simple actress.
On August 5th, 1962, at 4:55 a.m., the head of the Los Angeles Police Department, Jack Clemmons, received a call from Dr. Greenson saying that the actress had died. On arriving at her home, Clemmons observed a series of inconsistencies in the testimonies of the doctors and her housekeeper, who was in a state of nerves. It was never discovered why she took so long to notify the authorities…
Her sudden and mysterious death at a crucial moment in her personal life made her ETERNAL.
Actresses, models and singers have all at some time wanted to put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.
THESE PHOTOGRAPHS OF AN ICON AND THE QUOTES THAT IMMORTALISE HER REMAIN AS A LEGACY.
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
“A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.”
“I don’t believe that a man is worth so much as to have two women, or that a woman is worth so little as to be second choice.”
“Don’t boast of having been the first in my heart if you weren’t intelligent enough to be the last.”
“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”