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Marilyn Monroe - A Superstar or a Regular Woman?

Updated on December 29, 2015

Marilyn Monroe - Timeless Celebrity

Marilyn Monroe - a movie star, fashion icon, worshiped by crowds... Or a regular woman? Was her full of fame life a fairy tale? Was the fame enough? Did the stardom bring her happiness?

First of all, what is happiness anyway? Of course it means something else to all of us. For some it is a career, a dream home, an expensive car, for others it is a fulfilling marriage. For some women happiness means having a child, for some men it means being independent – but could you feel fully content, if you were given only one of these things?

Lives of world known celebrities have always been a subject of envy of masses. We imagine that they must have just about everything. They are surrounded by beautiful things, wear expensive clothes. Everyone wants to take a picture of them. Everyone wants to BE them.

Is it worth it?

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Who Was Marilyn Monroe?

  • Who: Marilyn Monroe aka Norma Jeane Mortensen
  • Born on June 1st, 1926
  • Occupation: Acctress
  • Died on August 5th, 1962

Marilyn Monroe - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

“I always felt insecure and in the way, but most of all I felt scared. I guess I wanted love more than anything else in the world.” Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is known not only as an actress, but also as the world's most famous blonde, sex symbol, an icon of pop culture and the person whose death is one of the most mysterious in history.

Marilyn fascinated and still fascinates artists, photographers, writers and filmmakers. Her character is still shrouded in an aura of mystery and ambiguity.

Well, she was mysterious, wasn't she? Definitely not a cookie cutter, stereotypical blonde, with no care in the world. Marilyn Monroe was a misunderstood, complicated individual, convinced about the duality of her own nature. She used to say about herself that she had "Jekyll and Hyde" living inside of her, "two in one". On the one hand: the screen star, seducing every man who stood in her way, the personification of sex, the most desirable woman of all time.

Radiant and joyful - that was the image generated by media, the one we know from the screen. On the other hand: she was alone, lost in the dawn of a girl, who was still struggling with nightmares.

"It's not funny when you know yourself very well, or you think you know - everyone needs a little bit of vanity to survive and recover from failures" - wrote the 17-year old Norma Jeane Baker.

Marilyn Monroe - Soul Searcher

Another face of Marilyn emerges from her notes and poems - yes, Marilyn Monroe wrote poems: reflective, questioning and seeking, which of course did not fit into her media-created image.

She left behind two cardboard boxes of notes. From these writings emerges a "seeker" Marilyn Monroe, searching for a meaning of her existence, deepening her knowledge - a woman who has very little in common with the image of a not too smart blonde.

The notes show Marilyn who is insecure, struggling with fears not to share the fate of her mother and grandmother, confined in hospitals for mentally ill. Her life, marked by the abandonment by the mother, was a constant struggle for acceptance and consideration of others, for approval of her own value and talent.

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Marilyn Monroe - Lonely Love Hunter

She was very afraid of rejection: “A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.” She never let anybody to become too close to her, she never stayed with anybody long enough to get attached: “It’s better to be unhappy alone, than unhappy with someone.” - even though she was craving a true soul-mate, somebody who would understand: “A career is wonderful thing, but you can’t snuggle up to it on a cold night.”

I am sure that Marilyn was proud of her career, and what she has achieved - but the price was sky high. She was locked up in a box of pretending. The true Marilyn: a pensive, saddened and buried in books woman would stop the sex bomb image. Nobody would believe it, and nobody wanted to see it. Fans, as much as they loved or hated her, did not let her be who she really was, they did not want to see her being herself.

Public wanted her to play a role, for the rest of her life - and never stop. Public wanted her to be an unrealistic character, a person who is always ready to play, laugh, act - a beautiful doll. with a permanent style on her face... And all she really wanted was to be her real self, to have somebody who would truly love her, and a family of her own, and a child. Inside of a grown woman was hiding a little girl, who never felt loved and accepted, even though the world around her called her "a superstar". The world was in love with a picture of her, a still image, not a breathing, hurting, loving women, who just wanted to "be".

Imagine the surprise when the world heard that a woman, who had everything, possibly took her own life! Even close friends didn't really know her... Marlon Brando said: "Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died? Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: "How can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty . . . how could she kill herself?" Nobody could understand it, because those are the things that everybody wants, and they can't believe that life wasn't important to Marilyn Monroe, or that her life was elsewhere".

Marilyn Monroe - Regular Woman

All of her life Marilyn Monroe tried to overcome a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. She died alone, of a drug overdose...

Her life was short, full of success, and full of pain. She raised and shun for us for a little while... Even though she is gone, she still brightens up people's lives - for years now, and she will keep lightening up the darkness for many years to come.

I have a lot of warm feelings for her, I always had. I admire her, and not because she was beautiful or famous, but because she went through so much in life, always with her head kept high, and she was just a regular woman, trying to make it in the big world, trying to do something meaningful. At the same time she never stopped searching for love. That's what she really and truly wanted, that's what was missing, and that's what nothing could have replaced in her lonely heart: not the fame, not the money. People think she had "everything"... Really? Did she?

The truth about Marilyn Monroe, her life and death, probably we will never be known. We can only wonder...

Hats off to you, dear Marilyn, a beautiful person, inside and out!


© 2013 Aga

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      Sonya 5 months ago

      Thank you for this Beautiful piece.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Yes, she was definitely not an open book... Maybe that's why we are so interested in her life? Thanks for stopping by dear rajan jolly!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting hub on so many facets of Monroe's life. What exactly went wrong where is a matter of conjecture but the fact is that she must have had a lot of insecurities in life to have taken this extreme step. Even the suicide theory is debatable. We will never know the truth. She was as mysterious in death as she was alive.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you for reading my article teaches12345! I feel the same way about poor Marilyn.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Monroe was a true beauty. It's sad that she had so much conflict within to deal with, which lead to her early death. You covered this well.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you for your comment DDE - I will always love her. It's sad that she passed away so soon.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Marilyn Monroe influenced many other woman. An interesting hub about the beautiful actress.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you for your kind words and a thoughful comment Cherylann Mollan! Marilyn will be forever in my heart!

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      Hi Monis! This is an incredibly beautiful hub. It's saddening to think that sometimes the most beautiful people, inside and out, are the most tormented in the world. I am a fan of Marilyn Monroe not because of her beauty or fame, but simply because she proudly accepted her duality. I think it's there in all of us but we either bury the one half knowingly or act like it doesn't exist. Thanks again for this hub!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      I feel the same way. I just wish she was happier with herself, and got to live longer and enjoy her life a bit more. Thank you for your comment Sunshine625!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      MM was an amazing, regular woman who until today influences females...in a positive way :)

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I love how you put it, cmoneyspinner1tf! You are so right: a sexi, hot woman, but warm, and shy... That's what I love about her as well! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Treathyl FOX 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I always admired Marilyn Monroe / Norma Jean Baker. There was an innocence and a childish quality about her. Even though I know she was supposed to be all womanly and sensual and sexy and all. But compare her to Sophia Loren and Ms. Loren exudes like a triple X rating, where men line up; and Ms. Monroe is kind of like - welcoming little children into her arms, making a home that's comfortable and warm and cozy and men are like "Dang! All that and she's good with kids too!"

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you, dear Dim! She is one of my favorite stars/real women... I am so glad you enjoyed my little article! Thank you for your kind words!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      Excellent write about our dear, misunderstood Norma Jean.

      You captured the truth of this beautiful woman (as far as we can know the real truth).

      Loved it.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      That's how I feel about her, alexadry!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      There were so many mysteries in the life of this woman. I always felt sadness in her life and a great need to be loved.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Good Morning, dear Colin! I am no my second cup of coffee already :-). Thank you so much for your kind words, I am so glad you enjoyed my hub - and thank you for sharing it, it means a lot to me!!!

      I have seen this movie, I try to watch anything and everything about Marilyn, when I can.

      Have a wonderful Sunday, with Tiffy and Gabriel!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good morning my dear Aga and what a wonderful hub presentation you have given your lucky hub readers and I shall link this beautiful work by you on my Facebook page with a share.

      I saw a movie recently on dvd - it may be 2 or 3 years old but it's called My week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams and I would highly recommend it.

      It was so nice to hear from you just now and it really made my day.

      Currently at lake erie time canada 8:47am I am having my first cup of coffee with some nice classical music and my two cats just ran outside and we are finally into summer now.

      I sincerely hope all is well with you my friend and please stay healthy and happy.

      Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comment, dear b.Malin! Marilyn always had a wamr place in my heart, and she always will. Your Mother-in-law was so lucky!!! I can't believe she knew her!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Monis Mas,

      I was a kid when Marilyn Monroe was Famous, but I Loved her...She was so ahead of her time, and NOT appreciated for her Talents when she was alive. When I grew up and Married, my Mother-in-law went to the same Beauty Pallor as Marilyn...She told us that Marilyn feared growing old and would be TONS of cold cream on her face as she had her hair colored. So yes, she was just like the rest of us? NOT, she was still Magical! Thanks for a Wonderful Hub on her.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I hope you found what you were looking for - and that the first heartbreak didn't stop you from looking for that special someone... I remember 'one of my first" heartbreaks: I felt just like Marilyn said: that you shouldn't let anybody in, because you will get hurt. I felt like that for a long time, but I didn't even notice, when one day it all went away... Thank you for stopping by, vibesites!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      “A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.” That's the lesson I learned after my first heartbreak. I have known that quote but I am not aware that Marilyn was the one who said it :)

      Anyway... Marilyn was ordinary just like the rest of us... but she did extraordinary things that will serve to us as our inspiration. Great hub!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Vickiw - thank you for reading! I always loved Marilyn, I always felt for her. I am so glad you found my hub interesting.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Thank you, Bill - that sounds really "big" coming from you - such a great writer!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Monis Mas, great Hub with lots of facts about this woman, who was so fascinating for so many fans and others. I think your last paragraph sums her life and personality so well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice article. There was always something about Monroe....there was a child like quality that was so alluring. I think you captured her essence very well here.