Saturday, May 14, 2016

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)

Most people are familiar with Marilyn Monroe, an American actress as well as a well-known model. Monroe was born on June 1st, 1926 in Los Angeles, California living a short life. On August 5th, 1962, Marilyn, age 36, passed away from a barbiturate overdose. What several people do not know about the talented actress and model is that growing up, Monroe was placed in numerous amounts of fosters homes as well as an orphanage. When she was only sixteen years old, Marilyn married her first husband, James Dougherty but sadly was divorced just 4 years later. It was in 1944 while working in a factory as part of the war effort when Monroe met a photographer and began her successful modeling career. This led to two short-live film contracts with Columbia Pictures as well as Twentieth Century-Fox where Marilyn was able to sign a contract in 1951 with fox as an actress. Some of her popular role were in As Young as You Feel, Monkey Business and Clash by Night. By 1953, Marilyn Monroe was known as one of the most "Bankable Hollywood Stars"where she was the lead actress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and also How to Marry a Millionaire. This is where Monroe got her reputation as a "dumb blonde". Marilyn's struggles behind the scene were pretty serious, including her addiction to drugs, depression and also anxiety which is what many people believe led her to here death. 

I chose Marilyn Monroe because I have always looked up to her and her outlook on life. Although she took her own life and didn't think it was worth living anymore, she was able to still share why life is so great and gave such great advice to women all around the world who were struggling. Not only is her beauty well known but also her character. I wish I would have been able to be alive when she was.
This video above is an audio of Marilyn Monroe being interviewed about her happiness and how she feels about life. Listening to this short, 3 minute interview makes you really think about life in general but also feel like you can somewhat get a better understanding of who she was as not only a popular actress and model but as a unique individual.
Marilyn's impact on society wasn't only impacted on women but also men. It goes to talk about how she may not have been skin and bone but she was still attractive because of who she was which makes it so that men all around the world can see that beauty isn't always in size, it goes way beyond that.
As we grow and our world grows, we notice that things become more complex and "unacceptable" such as showing off too much skin if you aren't a size zero or talking about sexual topics or sexuality. Marilyn Monroe made it so that less people were to jump to judge. I have a lot of respect for Monroe and the impact she has had on the women and men around the world.