The most endlessly talked-about and mythologized figure in Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe remains the ultimate superstar, her rise and fall the stuff that both dreams and nightmares are made of. Innocent, vulnerable, and impossibly alluring, she defined the very essence of screen sexuality. Rising from pin-up girl to international superstar, she was a gifted comedienne whom the camera adored, a luminous and incomparably magnetic screen presence. In short, she had it all, yet her career and life came crashing to a tragic halt, a Cinderella story gone horribly wrong; dead before her time — her fragile beauty trapped in amber, impervious to the ravages of age — Monroe endures as the movies’ greatest and most beloved icon, a legend eclipsing all others.
Born Norma Jean Mortensen (later Baker) on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, she was seemingly destined for a life of tragedy: Her mother spent the majority of her life institutionalized, she was raised in an endless succession of orphanages… read more
She was able simultaneously to communicate two things: her role to be found sexy by men and her real-world, platonic desire to be loved by the world. I think she was really the last great female film star, perhaps because the films she was in show -and oddly, celebrate- how she was unable to separate the two.