Marilyn at the Movies
In this episode of 'Biography', presenter, Dayna Devon, tries her best to orate the life and times of the one time 'blond bombshell' of yesteryear, Marilyn Monroe. Furthermore, to complement Dayna's dialogue, this feature is lavished with archival footage and stock photography, complemented by one on one interviews with the following people.
- Rose Lord (Author) -- Marilyn was a very shy girl, and she'd play the piano to the rest of the orphans in the orphanage just to calm them down.
- Hugh Hefner (Playboy Magnate) -- I fell in love with her right away. She's the greatest sex symbol of the last century, and I bought the plot right next to hers so I could stay by her side for all eternity.
Maltin (Film Historian) -- Whilst she living in
New York, she partnered up with the photographer, Milton Green, to start their own production company together.
- Mitzi Gaynor (Co-Star) -- Joe didn't like seeing his wife, Marilyn Monroe, having her skirt blown up in the air for everyone to see. He did not like that at all.
Williams (Actress) -- To play Marilyn I had to forget about her being a
Hollywoodmegastar, and I had to look at the person inside.
- George Chakis (dance) -- When Marilyn came on the set with that blue dress on, everything else around her seemed to dissolve.
- Julian Myers (publicist) -- She stayed in her dressing room hour after hour, and wouldn't come out. She felt that she was inadequate, and that she could not deliver what her role required.
LawrenceSchiller (photographer) -- She decided to use her ultimate weapon against 20th Century Fox, which was her body.
- George Barris (photographer) -- Whilst we were going to the beach take our last shots together, a tear rolled down her face when we past the place she once stayed in with the Kennedy's. She was very upset.
- Donelle Dadigan (president of the Marilyn Monroe Society) -- She equated being loved to being wanted. And when she was alone, she felt unloved.
What now follows is a basic break down on his this program plays out.
was Marilyn's early life like? Now
with some benefit of hindsight, I'd say that Marilyn's early years were
rather 'topsy turvy' to say the least. At the tender age of nine her
unstable Mother was unable to look after her, and she sent Marylyn to stay
with an auntie, then to an orphanage, and finally to another auntie, until
Monroefinally broke this chain by finding a man to marry in her teens.
- Oh! So how did her marriage pan out then? Any luck? Err. No. Not really. Marilyn was married four times throughout her short life. From 1942 to 1946, she was married to an army man called James Dougherty. From 1954 to 1954, she was married to the baseball star, Joe DiMaggio. And from 1956 to 1961, she was married to the playwright, Arthur Miller.
- How did Marilyn become an actress? Whilst she was working at a munitions plant during the war, Marilyn's career path changed rather rapidly when she was spotted by a photographer who took her picture for a poster. This then propelled her through numerous gigs as a model, as a supporting artist, and as an actress / legend that she has now become today.
- Did she like acting? One the one hand I'd say she did -- because she tried to perfect her craft over time, and even formed her own production company. Yet, on the other hand, I'd say she didn't -- due to the fact that she felt incapable to play the parts she was given, as well as feeling used by 'those on high'.
- In generalist terms, how did Marilyn's die? Now depending on your perspective of course, her demise was either an accident, a suicide, or an act of murder. No comment.
Now take a look at some of the pictures of Marilyn Monroe featured in this article. Go on. Take a good hard look. And tell me what you see. Do you see a sex symbol? Do you see a legendary actress? Do you see a businesswoman / model? Or do you see a very unhappy lady that just wanted to be loved?
Personally speaking, I find this to be a very honest statement. Try to think about it for a moment or two, dear reader. Marilyn Monroe was a used person. She was used by women as an iconic image to look up to. She was used by men as a 'good looking dame' to hang on their arm. Plus she was used as a trophy of sorts -- a prized possession -- for which both genders can aspire to either become or possess.
Granted, I'm sure that there were some people who liked Marilyn for other things too (like a friend or a social acquaintance for example). But I honestly don't think that Ms Monroe would've been able to see it like that. Oh no. As her tarnished and very eclectic upbringing, shaped her early life into what it would later become -- a merry-go-round of very emotional ups or downs.
Once again, please try to think about it for a moment, but this time by putting yourself in Marilyn's own shoes. Your mother couldn't look after you, and you were shoved around from pillar to post for most of your childhood. Then, once you got a bit older, and people saw you as being more desirable, once again you were shoved around from pillar to post by your respective spouses and your work alike.
So what do you do about this, huh? Fight back by flaunting your bits? Try to curb your wares by forming a production company? Or just say 'f*ck it', and then take a trip to heavens gate?
If I'm going to be honest with you, dear reader, overall this episode of 'Reel Lives: Marilyn Monroe' wasn't really the most well polished and insightful documentary I've ever watched. It was kind of sparse in content, and I found it very superficial on the surface. Yet, whilst saying that, what it lacked in originality and substance, it more than made up for in poignancy and tone, and has honestly made me want to know a little bit more about this one time screen icon.
Bless you, Norma. You're a star.
THE RATING: B+