When we think about Marilyn Monroe, a few obvious words come to mind: vixen, classic, sultry and the original queen of curvy. You can also add immortalized to that list. Within the last few years, Marilyn has made quite a name for herself – again – in the entertainment world. With her book Fragments that hit bookshelves in October of 2010, My Week with Marilyn taking the cinema world by storm in 2011 and the new NBC drama Smash on the horizon – Marilyn is once again a household name.
Marilyn Monroe’s history is one that is murky and filled with events that we, at times, hope are either true or the furthest thing from the truth. Unfortunately, we will never truly know which side to believe. But, Fragments, published in October 2011, is a first-hand account – literally – of what was on Marilyn’s mind. Spanning 256 pages, we see Marilyn’s most innermost thoughts in her own handwriting. You can purchase Fragments at Amazon.com and Half.com
My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as the infamous vixen, took the box offices, film festivals and award shows by storm in 2011 and early 2012. Michelle Williams did an amazing job of showing the world the Marilyn that only a few people were privileged enough to see – the real Marilyn. You check out Fandago.com to see if My Week with Marilyn is still playing in a city near you.
Thanks to NBC, Marilyn will be gracing (in a way) the small screen with Smash. A new drama that depicts a young woman’s journey to become Marilyn in a Broadway play. Katharine McPhee (the former American Idol runner up) is starring in Smash alongside Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. The series premier is February 6th at 10/9c.
Despite Ms. Monroe being gone for almost 50 years, her legacy lives on throughout the various genres of entertainment. Critics and history may try to tarnish her name, but there is one thing they can never take from her – the fact that the classic beauty turned being curvaceous into an art form. PS – Don’t forget to check out Gossip Girl on January 30th for another “glimpse” of Marilyn.