One of my favorite actresses, Marilyn Monroe was captivating beyond words. While best known for her sex appeal & gorgeous looks, I’ve always been intrigued by the lesser known sides of her. Marilyn grew up in various orphanages. Her mother was declared insane, something that she feared she would inherit throughout her life. She had miscarriages, which took away her personal desires of being a mother.
She was also very intelligent. She wrote poetry, studied acting, & wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. She fought to be paid as much as the next leading actress. While Elizabeth Taylor made $1,000,000 for Cleopatra, Marilyn was making $100,000 for Something’s Got to Give during that same time. Before her death, she finally convinced Fox to give her $1,000,000 for a two-picture deal.
Each of these films prove that Marilyn Monroe had something to offer. While she was obviously beautiful, her talent cannot be denied. She took her craft of acting seriously, and acted so well that people believed she was the “dumb blonde” persona that she played in films. I hope she can be remembered for a little more than that persona. She wanted to be taken seriously, believed in, & respected. Watching these films, I hope you remember that, & see Marilyn Monroe in a different light. I think it’s only fitting that her films be remembered for not only her beauty, but talent. Enjoy!
1. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Jane Russell co-stars in this romantic comedy. Singers Lorelei Lee (Marilyn) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane) travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei’s fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. This movie boasts the famous “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” number. Enchanting!
2. How To Marry A Millionaire
Three girlfriends live frugally in the city, though not by choice, trying to find millionaire husbands to feed their caviar tastes. Funny and a great watch with your bestie!
3. The Seven Year Itch
You know about this movie whether you realize it or not. Marilyn’s (in)famous white dress billowing over the city grate is one of the most-known movie scenes in history. It has been reenacted hundreds of times over the years. It was reported that this scene was the reason for Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn’s divorce. It’s hard to believe that her title in this film is simply “The Girl.” Marilyn was really making her mark with this film!
4. Some Like It Hot
Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon co-star in this 20’s based comedy. Both men disguise themselves as women in order to hide from the mob. They join a ladies chorus, where Sugar, played by Marilyn, takes them in as friends. A light-hearted comedy!
5. Something’s Got to Give
This was Marilyn’s last film, unfinished. Sadly, she died before completion. Footage from what was filmed was pieced together forming a roughly 40 minute video. I’ve watched it, & believe this would have helped bring Marilyn back into the spotlight. She looked radiant. This film was later remade staring Doris Day in Marilyn’s part.