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Marilyn-- Still Fascinating
More than 50 Years Later
What is it about Marilyn Monroe?
She's been gone more than 50 years, and she can still grace the cover of a magazine on a regular basis. I find this beautiful, and I find it fascinating that people still find her so fascinating.
My own fascination with her began when I was very young. Growing up I read almost every book or article and have seen every movie, but if one had asked me to pinpoint what it was about her that intrigued me so, I could not tell you even to this day. And, I believe many people would be hard pressed to answer that same question. She's a pretty woman of course, a sex symbol, but by picture-perfect-standards there have been those before her and since considered prettier and sexier. Though she has done some very decent movies, she's not known for being a great actress. She can carry a tune, but other than her famous whispery tone there's nothing extraordinary about her singing. So, what is it about her that more than 50 years after her death still puts her on the cover of a magazine?
I have read several different accounts from those who say she literally "shines." Not from the lighting around her, but from a source within her. The thing is I can see this in several photographs, especially if the background is darker or colder in subject like an old building or crowded place. Or, maybe people are simply fascinated by someone who can be so loved and admired, yet they themselves be so sad and tragic. I put Princess Diana in this category as well.
Regardless, of whatever "it" is about Marilyn—it is still there more than a half century later.
One of my favorite movies is without a doubt "Some Like it Hot." I have watched it countless times throughout the years, and though I can quote it verbatim I still laugh out loud every time. In this movie is also, what is in my opinion, one of the greatest lines ever written—and, believe me, I know my written lines.
For those of you who don't know the movie, I will set the scene—Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon, in order to get away from the mob, dress up like women and join an all girls band. They are at the train station, and Marilyn makes her entrance, walking pass them as only Marilyn can walk. Lemmon then nudges Curtis and says, quote- "Will you look at that? Look at how she moves. It's like Jello on springs."
So, it is with my sincerest admiration, honor and respect I make this tribute to Marilyn Monroe. For only she could inspire a writer to write, or do justice to a written line, so perfect.
© 2012 Gina Baxter