Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1 June 1926 had a tough and sexual abused childhood, but still she stepped out of it and followed her dreams. She wanted to be an actress and she made it happen! I saw her clothes, her books, her personal belongings, followed her history from birth till her death, watched scenes of her from many movies and I read a few of her quotes. The ones I liked are: "I've never fooled anyone. I've let men sometimes fool themselves." and "I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it."
A few facts, which made me think she opened many doors for many people and also why she inspires me as a woman in a man's world:
- She started her own company "Marilyn Monroe Productions"
- She is the first celebrity who talked openly about her sexual abuse
- She changed the way people looked at sex, in the fifties sex meant something dirty and shameful. She made it funny, fun and it wasn't vulgar at all.
- She wore trousers with a zipper on the back, which was too sexual in the fifties
- She advocated human rights. For instance, the Mocambo Club didn't let Ella Fitzgerald sing and Marilyn made it happen by making a deal with the night club owner. Every night she sat at the front table, when Ella performed. Also it doesn't matter what ethnicity her friends are, she would hangout with them in public.
- She loved her fans, she said: "If I am a star, the people made me a star"
- She is kind and generous also unmaterialistic. She owned loads of books and the only jewellery she had is the wedding ring from her second husband Joe DiMaggio and a pair of emerald earrings that she received from Frank Sinatra. She was active in charities, also she has gifted her clothes to people, who genuinely love the clothes she was wearing.
Many people know her from the white dress from the movie "Seven Year Itch" and also Marilyn singing Happy birthday to president John F. Kennedy.
Do you know the song from Madonna Material girl? The videoclip is inspired by the scene from the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953), where Marilyn sang "Diamonds are a girl's best friends"
Perhaps you heard the commercial from Chanel No. 5? The sensual, sexy way Marilyn replied to a reporter: “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course”
Or do you know her from the various artworks from Andy Warhol featuring Marilyn Monroe?
I will especially remember Norma Jeane Mortenson as a strong, beautiful, intelligent and funny woman.