52 years on, and still some of the best known images in the world.
How about those sexy knickers in the first one!!!
Marilyn would be an 80 year old if she were alive today, I can't help but wonder how the years would have treated her, some, like Sophia Loren who is 72, have aged with grace and very little damage, others, who it is kinder not to mention by name, have not been so fortunate.
I would like to think that Marilyn would have done it well, her generous figure, which varied between size 14 and 16 would no doubt have expanded a bit but in my minds eye I still see those curves, not at all like the stick thin "super models" of today.
Biography of the worlds favorite blonde Marilyn Monroe.
Born as Norma Jean Mortenson on
Due to her mother's mental instability and the fact that she was unmarried at the time, Norma Jean was placed in the foster home of Albert and Ida Bolender. It was here she lived the first 7 years of her life.
"They were terribly strict...they didn't mean any harm...it was their religion. They brought me up harshly."
In 1933, Norma Jean lived briefly with her mother. Gladys begins to show signs of mental depression and in 1934 was admitted to a rest home in
Grace was to marry in 1935 and due to financial difficulties, Norma Jeane was placed in an orphanage from September 1935 to June 1937. Grace frequently visited her, taking her to the movies, buying clothes and teaching her how to apply makeup at her young age.
"The world around me then was kind of grim. I had to learn to pretend in order to...I don't know...block the grimness. The whole world seemed sort of closed to me...(I felt) on the outside of everything, and all I could do was to dream up any kind of pretend-game."
In September 1941 Norma Jean was again living with Grace when she met Jim Dougherty, 5 years her senior. Grace encouraged the relationship and on learning that she and her husband would be moving to the East Coast, set in motion plans for Norma Jean to marry Dougherty on
"Grace McKee arranged the marriage for me, I never had a choice. There's not much to say about it. They couldn't support me, and they had to work out something. And so I got married."
Dougherty joined the Merchant Marines in 1943 and in 1944 was sent overseas. Norma Jean, while working in a factory inspecting parachutes in 1944, was photographed by the Army as a promotion to show women on the assembly line contributing to the war effort. One of the photographers, David Conover, asked to take further pictures of her. By spring of 1945, she was quickly becoming known as a "photographers dream" and had appeared on 33 covers of national magazines.
In the fall of 1946 she was granted a divorce...later saying, "My marriage didn't make me sad, but it didn't make me happy either. My husband and I hardly spoke to each other. This wasn't because we were angry. We had nothing to say. I was dying of boredom."
Johnny Hyde, of the
Marilyn met Joe DiMaggio in early 1952, she was 25 and he was 37. DiMaggio, recently retired from baseball, had expressed a desire to meet this famous star. By February the romance was in full bloom.
"I was surprised to be so crazy about Joe. I expected a flashy
In 1952 Marilyn began filming "
"I want to be a big star more than anything. It's something precious"
On January 14 Joe and Marilyn were married. The wedding captured the headlines worldwide. Joe was an extremely jealous type of guy and resented her popularity among other men. He desired a housewife, not a star of such magnitude...the marriage was in trouble from the beginning.
"I didn't want to give up my career, and that's what Joe wanted me to do most of all."
On May 29, Marilyn began filming "There's No Business Like Show Business". Throughout the summer she was ill with bronchitis and anemia. For the first time, Marilyn began showing serious side-effects of the many sleeping pills she had been taking for the last few years...often groggy, lethargic and crying on the set.
The famous "skirt blowing" scene from the "Seven Year Itch" , filmed in 1954 was to be a hit with both amateur and professional photographers. Several hundred, along with 2000 spectators gathered outside the Trans-Lux Theater in
In the fall of 1954 Marilyn and Joe separated...later to divorce.
"When I married him (Joe), I wasn't sure of why I married him, I have too many fantasies to be a housewife."
There is a whole lot more of this story to come so I'm going to break it up into a two parter like my mate Wazza does, give us all a chance to catch our breath.
Marilyn was quite a witty person and is credited with some pretty smart quotes, but she was also subject to fits of depression and self doubt as can be seen by her comment below.
Everyone's just laughing at me. I hate it. Big breasts, big ass, big deal,
Can't I be anything else ? Gee, how long can you be sexy?
"I want to grow old without face-lifts...
I want to have the courage to be loyal
to the face I have made. Sometimes I
think it would be easier to avoid old
age, to die young, but then you'd never
complete your life, would you? You'd
never wholly know yourself."