An ideal date for the majority of warm blooded males, but what was it about Marilyn that enabled her to draw men toward her? This post is a snapshot of her life, where she came from and who she married.
Marilyn had a grace about her that has endeared her to generations of fans. More than just sweetness, innocence and sensuality; she possessed a magnetism that has never since been replicated. Despite her life being tragically cut short at the age of 36, Marilyn achieved much in her lifetime; starring in thirty films and enjoying iconic status as one of the most glamorous movie stars in history.
Her first break came in 1944, when photographer David Conover spotted the then Norma Jeane whilst taking photos of women in the munitions factory, contributing to the war effort. The camera loved her, with Conover calling her a ‘photographers dream’. He went on to send modelling jobs her way and within two years she had built a strong reputation as a model, with many high profile covers under her belt.
This gradually led to her film career, a change in hair colour (to blonde of course) and a change in name to Marilyn Monroe. Her big break came after ten years in the acting world, with the role of Rose Loomis in 1953’s Niagara, where Marilyn played a new bride plotting to kill her jealous husband. This opened the door to lead roles including the infamous Some Like it Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Misfits; giving performances that won her critical acclaim.
Marilyn’s love life was somewhat more turbulent. Her marriages to both baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio and legendary playwright Arthur Miller were short lived, with many citing Marilyn’s sexual image and popularity as putting a strain upon her relationships. Not even the President was immune to her magnetic charms, as their notorious affair testifies.
After her death, Marilyn’s popularity continued to grow, with People Magazine awarding her with the “Sexiest Woman of the Century” accolade in 1999, whilst Playboy named her the “Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century”. Today, Marilyn lives on through her films, and continues to be remembered as the shining beacon of light that she was.