Sunday, August 5, 2012

Celebrating Marilyn Monore fifty years after her death

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Marilyn Monroe is such an amazing person.

I find myself captivated by her beauty and always wanting to learn more about her. 

I have many photos of her in our home and my girls know her by name. 

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Born Norma Jean Baker, she had a very hard life growing up! She was abused and in and out of foster cares before turning to modeling to make money! As you can see in the image above, she looks a lot different then the image that pops in to your head when you think of "Marilyn Monroe"

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My husband and I had a subscription to Playboy about 7 years ago (really for the articles believe it or not) and one day, the magazine above came in the mail. I read the article and became intrigued about her and her short life. Shortly after that I began collecting photos of her whenever I saw them pop up around me. That interest transferred to searching on Ebay for items because I was on the hunt for her iconic Playboy Centerfold Pose. 

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I now have the scensored picture above and while I would rather it be unscensored, it's one of my favorite pictures of her and I love having it. I love the picture so much because its before she was "Marilyn" and she still has her natural beautiful red hair and an amazing 18/19 yr old body.

This was also the centerfold for the first issue of Playboy Magazine.

The images were bought from the photographer and instead of Marilyn trying to stop it, she embraced Playboy and went with the flow!

Chris and the girls were at Wal-Mart a few weeks back and came home with the above photo of Marilyn. It's a decent size wrapped canvas print (corner protectors still on in photo) Chris actually told me that he saw it, wasn't a fan of the photo so he put it back, and Madison convinced him to get it because it was Marilyn and mommy would love it. 


I'm in love with this photo because its simple. She looks beautiful and its not an over powering in your face image. It was only $5 or $10 and it runs close to 1st place in my favorite images now that I own. 

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The above image is the first picture I bought of her and this used to be the image that came to mind when I thought of her. It's an iconic image but now I know she's so much more than this!

I know I've been rambling on, but overall I wrote this post because 50 years ago today she was discovered dead in her room in her Brentwood home. Her death was ruled suicide and while some speculate murder, she did have a very rough life. 

Marilyn was married multiple times and suffered several miscarriages. 

All she really wanted in life was a child and unfortunately her body wasn't able to hold a pregnancy. 

She was 36 years old when she died and I've found myself wondering what she would be like today. 

How things might be different....
Would she have children after all the troubles....
How would movies be now if she'd lived....
Would she be a happy woman today....
Would she still be BLONDE....

I love you Marilyn!


Heather M said...

Love this post, Michelle! It's nice to write about something you truly believe in once in a while.

I love that picture of her that Chris bought you at Walmart. It's so simple you're right, but it showcases her real beauty! Gorgeous photo!

Now, when you getting that tattoo of her quote?

About A Mom said...

Hers was such a tragic death. This is a very nice tribute!

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

I had no idea that it was the 50th anniversary of her death. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

Minta's Creations said...

This is such a great tribute to Marilyn. Thanks so much for sharing.

MamaMunky said...

I've always love Marilyn. She was such a tragic figure. So beautiful and so broken. I love that understated image you have where she is wearing the sweater. Great tribute to her. I've liked her ever since I was little and I saw Some Like it Hot.