I thought we should show a few images of another very famous icon of the fifties, Marilyn Monroe.
These images show a naturally beautiful young girl whom Hollywood groomed into the icon the world saw.
I Knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.”
Marilyn Monroe’s career as an actress spanned 16 years. She made 29 films, 24 in the first 8 years of her career.
If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.”
This another iconic image from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
The Seven Year Itch(1955), which showcased her considerable comedic talent and contained what is arguably one of the most memorable moments in cinema history: Marilyn standing above a subway grating and the wind from a passing subway blowing her white dress up.
Some Like It Hot (1959), was another absolute smash hit, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon pretending to be females in an all-girl band so they can get work. This was to be Marilyn’s only film for the year.
One of the great designers of the era was Ceil Chapman. Sometimes known as Marilyn Monroe’s favorite designer, Ceil Chapman is a fashion legend that designed dresses for stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Holiday. She was also a business partner with Gloria Vanderbilt. Here we can see some of her fantastic 50s dresses Marilyn wore.
I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.”
Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”
It might be kind of a relief to be finished…. Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle.” July 1962
She died in August 1962 aged just 36 years old.
There are some wonderful Marilyn Monroe photographs.
For more on Marilyn if you live in the UK you must visit the Marilyn Monroe Exhibition at the American Museum in Britain in Bath. I visited this the other weekend and it was just fantastic.