Beautiful, fragile and vulnerable, Marilyn Monroe is an icon that endured throughout the decades. I love Marilyn but I also am honest enough to be able to put my hands up and discuss the fact that it is not her acting abilities that have kept her in the public affections for the many years since her death.
Marilyn was a presence on screen but she would never have won any Oscars despite her desperation t be taken seriously as an actress. However I firmly believe it is the tragedy surrounding her personal life and ultimately her death which holds peoples fascinations.
I do not want to go too much into looking at her life or death her but instead I want to share her own words, this interview was filmed a few days before her death, and I think maybe adds to the mystery around her death rather than gives answers, it does show that her emotions were high and that in parts she comes across as a little manic, but I would not believe listening to her that she had any intention of ending her own life deliberately.
There will always be controversy as to whether she died by her own hand either deliberately or accidentally or whether others were involved. I personally do not believe she chose to end her life that night but that is of course just sheer speculation. The one thing I am sure of is that her life would have ended tragically at some point no matter what, for some people no amount of fame can fill the void inside them they battle against and I think the possibly the only thing that could have saved her would have been having children.
Love her or hate her, why do you think she has remained an icon all all these years?
3 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge 2014 – M is for Monroe”
She was a pretty lady without the make up.. She looked vulnerable and carried that to the screen. That alone made her very popular with men who always wanted to protect her. Women wanted to be her or at least to be like her.
Her films have kept her alive for newer generations and Elton John’s song was a fantastic tribute which has kept her name on people’s lips. But, as you say, the thing that made her such an icon after her death was the mystery surrounding the death and her involvement with the two Kennedy brothers and the mafia mobsters.
Was she killed because the president made her pregnant? Was she killed because she wouldn’t allow her relationship with them to end and might talk about it in the press? We’ll probably never know the truth but I’m with you in thinking she didn’t purposely end her life.
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I had never seen that before, thank for finding it and sharing it. I always liked her, despite the frantic life she lived and the mystery around her. I always liked her.
Hello! I’m an A to Z helper sauntering through the ‘net and checking blogs. Your blog looks wonderful. The Marilyn post had such heart. Thanks for sharing.