Five Marilyn Monroe Movies To Watch Right Now!

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.

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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!

the-king-of-coney-island: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) ⊱✰⊰: Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" I love this moment - when she exclaims "I just love finding new places to wear diamonds!": Unforgettable Marilyn Monroe singing "Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes":

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953): Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes | 23 Classic Hollywood GIFs That Are Better Than A Time Machine

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!

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.: missmonroes:Marilyn Monroe in a publicity photo for How to Marry a Millionaire (1953): ”Marilyn Monroe enacting a scene from the motion picture How to Marry a Millionaire.” Kodachrome by Earl Theisen for Look magazine, c.1953 via shorpy.com:

Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)...

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!

“I’ve been asked, ‘Do you mind living in a man’s world?’ I always answer, ‘Not as long as I can be a woman in it.”: Marilyn Monroe photographed on the set of The Seven Year Itch (1955).: One of my favorite scenes in Seven Year Itch. She is so flirty and beautiful.:

The girl from the seven year itch!

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!

Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis photographed by Richard Miller on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1959.: the-marriage-of-heaven-and-hell: Marilyn Monroe on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1958: monroe marilyn - Google Search:

Marilyn Monroe - Marilyn & Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1958. [2]

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.

Marilyn Monroe in Something’s Got To Give (1962): Marilyn Monroe in her uncompleted film (due to her untimely death), "Something's Got to Give" - 1962 - more gorgeous than ever!!!: her last movie completed without her Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe - Something's Got to Give:

Marilyn on the set of Something’s Got To Give. Photo by Lawrence Schiller, 1962.

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Summer Movie List!

Summer is here, & many of us have a little more free time on our hands. Here is my list of some great summer movies! So sit back, grab some popcorn, & enjoy! 🙂

1. Dirty Dancing

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey // Dirty Dancing

Favorite Line:

I love this part. Sometimes I quote it and people have no idea what I'm talking about. It just gets their hopes up that there is a watermelon around.

2. Beaches

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

BEACHES: Directed by Garry Marshall.  With Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray. A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

Favorite Line:

C.C. Bloom (Bette Midler): "Look honey, I don't know what you're after, but if it's what I think it is, you're not my type, comprenez-vous?" -- from Beaches (1988) directed by Garry Marshall

3. The Way We Were

Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Directed by Sydney Pollack.  With Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles. Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Favorite Line:

The Way We Were

4. 500 Days of Summer

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Directed by Marc Webb.  With Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz. An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Favorite Line:

This is something I would say, I always love what nobody else does.

5. Almost Famous

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Almost Famous movie theatrical poster

Favorite Line:

Almost Famous - this is the only way I can ever explain to people how the road is for me!

6. The Breakfast Club

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

The Breakfast Club (1985) starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason and John Kapelos

Favorite Line:

The Breakfast Club

7. The Seven Year Itch

When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

The Seven Year Itch poster, 1955.

Favorite Line:

Marilyn Monroe in ‘The Seven Year Itch’, 1955.

8. Jaws

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist, and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

One of my favorite movies, could watch this many times over and over again.

Favorite Line:

Jaws (1975) - Roy Scheider (11/10/32 - 2/10/2008) American actor. He was best known for his leading role as police chief Martin C. Brody in the first two Jaws movies.

9. The Parent Trap

Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

The Parent Trap (1998) Love this movie! Watched it all the time when I was little! :)

Favorite Line:

Learn from this men everywhere, when a woman walks out that door, she is seeing if she is important enough to you that you come after her, even when she is the one who left. If you don't come after her, then she knows what she really is to you.

10. Rear Window

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Rear Window (My very favorite Hitchcock movie; nice background article with photos in this article)

Favorite Line:

Si hay algo que sé, Es vestir la ropa adecuada.

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Not So Holiday, Holiday Movies!

Here is a list of movies that have Christmas in them, though that is not the focus of the movie. For some reason, this time of year makes me think of these movies. With snow & Christmas all around, these movies just make me happy. I hope you like them, too!

1. You’ve Got Mail

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2. The Holiday

such a good movie!

3. When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)    96 min  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance

4. Sleepless In Seattle

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) One of my all time favorites.

5. Meet Me In St. Louis

Number 10 on the AFI List of Best Movie Musicals - Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland

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Halloween Movie List!

My brother and I decided we needed to make a movie list for Halloween. Usually, I just watch the 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family. But their list this year was really lacking (The Hunger Games for Halloween, really?). So here is a list we came up with.

Halloween

1. Hocus Pocus

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

3. Psycho

4. Disturbia

5. The Birds

6. Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire

7. Two Heads are Better Than None

8. Practical Magic

9. Halloween Town

10. Clue

11. The Shinning

12. Beetle Juice

13. Edward Scissorhands

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A much better list. 🙂

Comment with your favorite Halloween movies below!

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Movies To See (If You Haven’t Already)!

1. The Way We Were

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I have watched this movie so many times! I just love K-k-k-Katie and Hubbell! And Katie’s tearful phone call to Hubbell is one of the best scenes! And of course, “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.”

2. Penny Serenade

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This little-known Cary Grant film is just the sweetest! I learned about it from my grandma. One of the best scenes is Grant trying to persuade lawyers to keep his adopted daughter. Fair warning, you’ll need tissues by the end!

3. Cloud Atlas

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This film you may want to watch more than once. It is very deep and fast-paced, but beautifully told. Taking on themes of love, reincarnation, and human survival, you will be mesmerized!

4. An Affair To Remember

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Another Cary Grant classic! I want to visit the Empire State Building because of this movie! Watch and you will know why!

5. City Of Angels

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Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage at their finest! The end breaks my heart! “One.”

6. Imitation Of Life

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This movie will make you appreciate your mom. And realize that fame and fortune isn’t everything.

7. Sleepless In Seattle

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are so great in this film! And when Hanks talks about how he met his wife who passed, “It was like coming home…It was like magic.”

8. Almost Famous

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Set in the 70’s with a young Kate Hudson. The fashion, the music, the fame! Almost. 😉

9. Across The Universe

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Beatles songs set to a great storyline! “All You Need Is Love” at the end is my favorite scene!

10.Breakfast At Tiffany’s

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Audrey Hepburn. Little black dresses. Tiffany’s. Enough said. 🙂

~Lindsey~

Bad Day Pick-Me-Ups!

We all have those days. Where everything goes wrong, and you feel like nothing will ever be right again. While we all wish those days were far and few between, they eventually come around. So I’ve compiled some Bad Day Pick-Me-Ups that help me make it through those rough days. Enjoy!
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Bad Day Pick-Me-Ups!

Bad Day Pick-Me-Ups!
1. Favorite TV Show/Movie
This is an easy one. Pick a show or movie that will bring some laughs and smiles! I like to watch Friends or Gilmore Girls. Whatever makes you happy!
2. Exercise/Yoga
Even though the last thing you want to do on a bad day is workout, I promise it will make you feel better! I love to go for a walk or bike ride in the fresh air! Yoga is also nice if you don’t want to get too active. Being able to stretch your muscles will feel good, plus knowing your burning some extra calories is nice!
3. Favorite Music
Take a queue from Meredith and Christina: “30-second dance party!” Pick out some up-beat, favorite songs and dance it out!
4. Caffeine Fix
While I wouldn’t recommend this every time you have a bad day, sometimes you just need some caffeine! I like to get Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee or Iced Latte!
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I hope you find these tips for bad days helpful! Comment below with your favorite bad day pick-me-ups!
~Lindsey~