Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Memories of Marilyn

To be honest, she died before I was born. And my family never mentioned her when I was a preschooler that I recall. They mentioned John F. Kennedy, though. We were a Catholic family and I got a sense of deep mourning, and the feeling that all the good ones got taken away.

The first time I ever heard of Marilyn Monroe I was intrigued. I was watching The Munsters, and Grandpa Munster mentioned how much he loved Marilyn Monroe and how beautiful she was.

She was indeed a beautiful and tragic figure. There was an interesting story on her recently. An eyewitness who was present at her last weekend with Sinatra at the Cal-Nevada lodge gave an interview and some insight into what might have led to her death.

Regardless, she is and will always be an icon. Dead at 36, at the height of her beauty, forever young.




Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mr. President.


Thanks for the rule 5 linkage. Especially Linkmaster Smith, Donald Douglas and Theospark.

27 comments:

WoFat said...

I remember - and lusted for - Ms Monroe, like all lads my age.

Amusing Bunni said...

Marilyn was so beautiful and very fragile.
The system just ground her up, and it didn't help
being involved with all those political types.

She remains young and beautiful forever.
I like her in "Some like it Hot". She had good
comedic talents too.

Have a fun weekend, Opie, and thanks for posting.
I don't think she'd sing H B-Day for this pResident, though. I'm surprised O hasn't usurped that too.

The War Planner said...

Opie,

Those of us who *are* old enough to remember -- especially this moment -- do remember her fondly as being not only sexy, but sweet and innocent.

Her rendition of 'Happy Birthday', for the day, was quite racy. It sent a lot of us teenagers into paroxysms of lustful angst.

Debbie said...

I remember reading somewhere that she did not like the image, she didn't like being a sex symbol, dressing and acting as she did. She preferred blue jeans and a shirt. We may never really know what happened to her. She became an inconvenience to some prominent people. Accident or murder? Who knows.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Opus #6 said...

Wo, I don't blame you one bit.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, she always seemed sweet to me. Nice that a sexy-style lady doesn't offend women. Loved by all.

Opus #6 said...

WP, that dress she was wearing was skin-colored and sparkly, as I recall. And the roar of the crowd was overwhelming. What a moment.

Opus #6 said...

Debbie, people are complicated creatures. Most super sexy ladies enjoy, on some level, the power that brings. Yet everybody longs for a normal life, which she definitely did not have.

jkshaws said...

Very tastfully done. She was a work of art but sooo complicated.

LL said...

Good Bye, Norma Jean Baker.

LL said...

I am listening to Elton John's tribute to Marilyn Monroe now that I read the MA post, "Candle in the Wind" may be the best song he recorded.

Opus #6 said...

JKShaws, I try to keep it tasteful. Respectful of the dead, in this case.

Opus #6 said...

LL, I agree. That had to be Elton John's best song. Also, I have taken to liking him more, recently. He bucked the liberal trend and played at Rush Limbaugh's wedding, to great censure by the fascist left. Gosh how they hate it when any of their people stray off the plantation.

Conservative Scalawag said...

We don't make ladies like this anymore. Women that can sexual, yet classy about it. They leave something to the imagination, instead of just giving it all away like some of the Divas do today.

Oh, how I wish that we had more female icons like we did during the 30's through the 50's.

Opus #6 said...

Scalawag, lucky for us these ladies are well-documented. A tiny bit of immortality.

fuzzys dad said...

I still drool over Marilyn

VL said...

I was born in 1980 so I don´t have the same memories. But when I was young my mom bought my a paper doll book of Marylin Monroe. I loved cutting them out and thought she was beautiful. America produces the best... even in beauty, always has. She is ¨Americana¨

Teresa said...

Marilyn Monroe (I obviously wasn't around back then) seemed to have been both a sexy and a classy woman. She does seem like a complicated woman also that was put under tremenedous pressure. I do love her rendition of Happy Birthday.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend Opie :)

Z said...

My friend's high school locker was next to hers at University High School in W. Los Angeles..(my friend is a LOT older than I...heh heh!)
She said Norma Jean was so beautiful that no girls befriended her but my friend Deb had a nice friendship with her, if not close.
Susan Strasburg's biography talks about how Marilyn lived with her family for a while during acting classes with Lee Strasburg and you got a REAL insight into her. She WAS a jeans/shirt type of girl but had to play the 'studio dumb blonde'...
I have always thought her face was SO gorgeous but her boobs captured the imagination..what a shame. Understandable, I guess! But she must have been so sweet and vulnerable. She died about 3 miles from me and I"ve driven by the tiny house, which is for sale right now. What a victim she was, of her own depression and ....others.

Doom said...

She was my first fiancee. She was no longer living, but since she was on tv, I knew it would all work. I think I was three. Yeah, I remember her.

Still, there is something incomplete about a woman who is not allowed to age and to go beyond the merest of youthful beauty. As a woman ages, she can well become beautiful in brand new and special ways. I am saddened to not have been allowed to see "Marilyn" age. Plus, so many of her generation (and from then on) believe so wrongly in youth the beauty only it can provide. We need to see more make it to a ripe old age and to see the nature of that.

Opus #6 said...

Doom, absolutely. We were cheated by her death. I'm still sad about it, hence this post.

Opus #6 said...

Z, that's cool you have a little connection. Thanks for the inside info.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, you did a great job with your rule five, too. Love Ava.

Opus #6 said...

VL, great way to put it. Americana.

Opus #6 said...

Fuzzy, understandable.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

She is still my all time favorite.

Arby said...

Hey, if you're going to continue Rule 5 blogging, just post pictures of yourself.