Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, this pretty brunette dyed her hair blonde, slicked on some red lipstick and a screen legend and icon was born.
Her story is one of the most well known in the world. Her fame, the stuff of legend. Her dresses, letters, autographs and other personal effects still sell for millions. The world is still obsessed with Marilyn. She is the epitome of the perfect woman, the poster girl for anti size zero, the ultimate sex symbol. And yet…..there were times when she wasn’t a very nice person. Times when she was unhappy, lonely, and ill. The worst of times was when she was described as being unprofessional and difficult to work with.
What is it about Marilyn that endures year after year? Her connection with the Kennedy’s? Her trademark blonde bombshell look? The mysterious circumstances that surround her death? We’ll never really know, or have all the answers about Marilyn and how she died….and lived. But one thing is certain; no Hollywood actress has ever come close to rivaling her star status and I don’t think anyone ever will.
You can read in depth about Marilyn and her life, love and works ► here. But, here are some quotes I love, and these are a large part of the reason why I consider her one of my idols.
Elton John was bang on the money with his Candle in the wind song. Here are the lyrics and below that, my favourite Marilyn picture.