Sunday, August 5, 2007

Where have you gone Marilyn Monroe?

Don't worry I'm not stopping blogging about the Civil War but I wanted to quickly look at an event that happened Today in History.

August 5, 1962 actress Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926-August 5, 1962) is found dead in her Los Angeles home. The police rule that her death was caused by a drug overdose. she faced disappointments in her career and personal life during her later years. Her death has been subject to speculation and conspiracy theories.
Marilyn Monroe was born under the name of Norma Jeane Mortenson. She became an orphan at a young age and as an adult worked her way up through the Hollywood ranks to become the most recognizable actress in history. Her affairs with John and Robert Kennedy according to some conspiracy theorists may have brought about her death. He beauty captivated and still attracts millions of loyal fans. Like Elvis Presley, Marilyn is an icon for all Americans and her influence on the role of celebrities in America is well-known. Monroe paved the way for many of todays stars who rarely act with the same poise and grace that Marilyn showed in front of a camera. Films like Niagara gave Monroe an opportunity to show her acting ability and few people realize that she wasn't the "dumb" blonde that she portrayed in many of her films. Marilyn was intelligent and quirky. Here are a few funny quotes attributed to her, I think we can all take a lesson from Ms. Monroe:

"I think that when you are famous every weakness is exaggerated."

"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot"

"Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. "

"I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful"

These type of qualities are sore missed in todays celebrities. Simon and Garfunkel once wrote a song asking "Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?" The same could be said about Marilyn Monroe because many of the actresses today do not have her beauty, passion, style and talent. "Where have you gone Ms. Monroe?"

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