Marilyn Monroe was more than just a sex goddess; she was a woman who took on an entire movie system and changed the image of women forever.
Marilyn's early passing, the scandals and speculations about her death and her life (especially her love life) have fueled interest in her. She remains a vital part of 2012 pop culture.
Will commentators and authors such as I still be rejoicing in her in half-a-century's time? I have no doubts they will. Marilyn isn't going anywhere. She will always be around, outliving and outshining us all.
Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential tells the actress's story in a way never done before, revealing the real person behind the image
My personal memory of Marilyn, far afield from Eunice Murray's terrible discovery, is splendid and dates back to the mid-1950s when I was barely a teenager and lived in the Belnord, the apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
The deaths of Natalie Wood, Princess Diana and--but of course!--Marilyn Monroe--are once again the topic of gossip, rumor and perhaps even some poetry.
Marilyn constantly asked questions, took several courses at UCLA, and stated that she wanted to go to Columbia Law School, to become a lawyer and help the poor. According to Arthur Miller, "Marilyn didn't have a conventional bone in her body."
"Trouble in Paradise" and "Who Shot Rock & Roll" serve to remind of us of how much music can shape the very landscape of our lives and our times, through journeys that both define and transcend the place where we live.
Marilyn Monroe was not perfect. She had a reputation for being irresponsible, and she was at times the poster child for tardiness. But Marilyn was also unrelentingly beautiful; maybe because of that trait, a little creative license was allowed on more than one occasion.
Here's a short list of successful women who failed famously -- and still, one way or the other, ended up on top.
Marilyn the Tortoise, was bequeathed to my brothers and me in '69 by our drug-dealing Cuban building superintendent who, running one step ahead of the...
A deeply spiritual individual and a believer in astrology, Monroe considered her sign -- Gemini, identified with "the twins" -- to be an indicator of who she was: "I was born under the same sign as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Queen Victoria and Walt Whitman."
Not many people can claim to have won an Oscar, seven Emmys, written five bestsellers, travelled the world, been to the brink of collapse and reinvented themselves and, most famously, spent years photographing the enigma that was Marilyn Monroe.
I must say, however, in the language of John Wayne to Maureen O' Hara--"you're awfully purty when you're riled up, Justin."
Her show-biz resume began accumulating credits not too long after she'd settled in Manhattan -- and all of it Pope recounts with great humor. She's a naturally funny woman when she's merely recounting the facts. Laughing out loud through these pages is a regular response.