Marilyn Monroe, A New Perspective by Gail C. Tracy
Marilyn Monroe; June 1, 1926–August 5, 1962. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but was later known as Norma Jeane Baker. She is forever known as Marilyn Monroe.
Hundreds of books have been written about Marilyn Monroe. There is no true way to discern fact from fiction. I have no desire to write a new biography about Marilyn, so many have already been written. All that I could hope to do would be to put a different perspective on all that has been written about her.
I went through a lot of information on the internet, and most of it repeated the same information. Here is a great biography from the Internet Movie Database. This was a site that was one of my top favorites.
Here are other major sites filled with information:
Marilyn is the subject of a new sculpture in Chicago, and here is an article by the Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Now. Marilyn is in one of her most famous and controversial poses, with her standing over a New York subway grate, with her dress billowing around her from the blast of air from beneath. This was a pose from “Seven Year Itch,” and during the filming, Joe DiMaggio ended his marriage with her. This sculpture has gotten some controversy, some claiming that the image is sexist and in poor taste. The 26 foot Marilyn will have to weather one winter in Chicago, and it will be taken down in 2012. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.
Here are memories of Marilyn in Stills/ The New York Times.
Find a Grave gives the GPS coordinates of her grave plot, but fails to mention her first marriage. This site also may erroneously be giving false information about her paternity, among other things.
To see more images of Marilyn, check out Google images.
Marilyn Monroe had an IQ of 168, significantly higher than John F. Kennedy’s score of 129. She owned hundreds of books on topics ranging from art, literature, religion, philosophy, psychology, and poetry, to gardening. She was also a fan of Beethoven, Mozart, and Louis Armstrong. She always wanted to be considered a serious actress. She took acting lessons and went through psychoanalysis in order to give her characters more depth.
There are very many interesting circumstances around Marilyn’s death. Wikipedia has some very interesting facts that I have never read any where else. Peter Lawford may have been the last person to talk to her. According to what is reported about her death, she supposedly swallowed up to 66 Nembutal and 23 chloral hydrate capsules without any running water in her room. (She was known to gag on pills even when taking them with water.) There was evidence that her body was moved after she died, and there was no evidence of discoloration in her stomach or intestines which was typical of Nembutal.
I also find it extremely interesting that when her Brentwood home was sold in 1962 to Veronica Hamil, an elaborate eavesdropping system was discovered in every room in her house. Her phones were also tapped. It cost $100,000 to have the system removed, which is quite an expense for 1962. The components used in the system were not available commercially at the time, and so were probably used by the FBI.
Marilyn’s last public appearance was at Dodger Stadium for a Muscular Dystrophy benefit on June 1, 1962. Her last movie, “Misfits,” was in 1960, and also was the last movie for Clark Gable. She was fired from the production of “Something’s Got to Give,” in June of 1962 because of her absenteeism. Studios no longer wanted to take a chance on her because it had cost thousands of dollars in delays. It looked as though her career as an actress was over, and I am sure that it made her extremely depressed.
Marilyn Monroe was only 36 when she died, and she left a huge legacy to the history of films. Her estate still grosses over a million dollars a year from her movies and photos. Women today still try to copy her look and mannerisms, but she is the original ‘Blonde Bombshell.” I really don’t believe that she committed suicide, and it is hard to believe that it was an accident. How did she swallow all those pills without any water? She was found dead with her hand on the telephone, so who was she trying to call before she died? It is sad that we will never know the truth about what really happened to Marilyn. All that we can do is love her.
©Gail C. Tracy, August, 2011