Happy Birthday Dear Marilyn…
On this very day in the summer of 1926, the beautiful bundle of joy that was Norma Jeane entered the world and changed Hollywood forever more.
To celebrate what would have been her 85th birthday, Folly fancied taking that famous wiggle down memory lane…
As a much-loved, admired and marvelled in movie star, the marvellous Miss Marilyn Monroe had a turbulent yet triumphant short life.
Here’s just a mere snippet into the life and times… the before, the ‘becoming ‘ and bag load of beautiful and beyond!
Here are just some of the findings from my years of faithful following, Images of immense beauty and quotes from the superstar sensation herself…
“No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl, all little girls should be told they’re pretty even if they aren’t”
The far too short yet all together mesmerising life and times of Miss Monroe started on the 1st of June 1926, Born as Norma Jeane Mortensen, then baptised as Norma Jeane Baker, Marilyn as we know her today was to be born into the most unforgiving and unfortunate of circumstances.
Her mother Gladys Baker (née Monroe) showed early signs of serious emotional disturbance after Norma Jeanes birth, with her mother’s mind neither here nor there at any given time and the confusion over who her real father was….Norma Jeane grew up a disillusioned young waif, torn between her mothers reality and fantasy worlds.
Aged only 9, Norma Jeane was sent to a Hollywood orphanage, this was to be the beginnings of being pushed from unloving pillar to un-affectionate post.
Norma was to be frequently sent to and from many un-reassuring adults, to even more unfamiliar institutions during her sad set up of an infancy.
Turmoil and tears…
During the years of adolescence Norma claimed to have been abused by a lodger at a foster home, teased at school for being ‘norma Jeane string bean’ and also claimed to have given birth between the ages of 14 – 15, the baby boy of which was taken away from her by her guardian and given up for adoption.
Marrying her first husband Jim Dougherty at the sweet age of 16, This was to be a much welcomed relief to Norma’s guardian who was more than ready to pass the buck.
Norma Jeane had said “I was a peculiar wife, I liked boys and girls much younger than me, I played games with them until my husband came out and started calling me to go to bed.”
During this marriage, while Jim was working away and while Norma worked at a factory, she was to meet David Conover, A photographer who gave her a taste for the limelight, taking her image and running with it, it wasn’t to be long before features and contracts had her name all over them.
But, the name on these contracts had now changed into the blonde bombshell we all know and adore…
‘Miss Marilyn Monroe’
With the signing of the Twentieth century fox contracts, came the signing of Marilyn’s divorce papers, Jim had given Marilyn an ultimatum, “it’s me or the modelling”
so, her marriage to Jim was over!
“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful”
Starring in her first film ‘Ladies of the chorus’ during 1948, Monroe became a star in the making, many good and bad men saw Monroe’s potential and with a stream of sponsors and lustful lovers at her feet, Marilyn was heading to the top.
“I’m very definitely a woman, and I enjoy it”
‘Love happy’ was the 1949 film that Monroe first showcased that saucy, saunter of a wiggle walk… leave mouths wide open with wonder and awe at what they saw!
Craftily created by shaving just a quarter of an inch off the heel of one shoe, the height imbalance created that famous head turning hourglass hobble.
Racking up the reels…
With everyone wanting a slice of the cheesecake that was the million dollar Monroe, she continued to feature in countless films, some utterly fabulous, some mediocre but all just as acutely alluring as the next.
A fifties affair…
During 1953 Marilyn was to marry again, this time to sportsman Joe DiMaggio, this sadly a marriage filled with jealousy and violence and just 274 days later, Monroe filed for divorce.
“the body is meant to be seen, not all covered up”
Back to business…Monroe’s image was often laid bare for all to see…
The playmate and the playwright plight…
The already married Arthur Miller and an insatiable Monroe made for a tale of woe.
Miller couldn’t deny his longing for Marilyn, but complications were always rattling their chains in the background, with Millers ex-wife and Marilyn’s old beau DiMaggio lingering for a reconciliation with the star, he was never to be far.
But in 56′ the pair married and hastily headed for the English countryside for a honeymooners haven.
With her career still in full throttle and Miller’s absorption in writing, time together was becoming few and far between.
With this incompatibility eventually spilling sourness on the showtime sweethearts, the couple made it through Millers ‘misfits’ movie and in 1961 their marriage was declared dead and their divorce was final!
Stuck in the middle with you…two!
With life delving deeper into a world of alcohol, agonising depression and divorcing despair Marilyn had made friendships with all the right people and now far too many of the wrong types too!
Frequent mingling with mobsters and canoodling with the Kennedy’s, Marilyn was on a downward spiral to an early death.
Marilyn’s famous “Happy Birthday Mr President” ensemble
Many love affairs were seen unfolding in front of cameras and behind closed doors in the early 60’s.
Rumours suggest an affair with Frank Sinatra had taken place whilst a flitting flirtatious, fury between Jack and Robert Kennedy commenced.
In loving memory
In the summer of 1962 the news broke of the mysterious and most shocking death of Marilyn Monroe, suicide?! or murder?! The conspiracy theories continue…
Found face down in bed, clutching her telephone, A bedside table piled high with pill bottles, the instant evidence pointed to ‘suicide by means of an overdose’ and this was to be the official cause of death.
Her Lonesome, broken-hearted, tattered personal life consumed her off of the set until the bitter end.
Marilyn Monroe was also still a mega star in the eyes of the observer, then and now!
Boldly beautiful, vibrantly vivacious, fiercely feminine with ferocious tenacity to triumph.
Her style, sauciness and pin-up prowess powers on in all us fun loving 40’s and 50’s fanatics!