As I’ve said many times before, I find Marilyn Monroe to be one of the most vastly misunderstood, misused, and exploited actresses in Hollywood. She has become so much of a cultural icon that her status as an actress and a human being have been eradicated, and people only see is a shell of what she was, a sex symbol whose image can be seen plastered all over shirts, mugs, and posters in sorority houses. She strove so much to be taken seriously, and it pains me to think about how she would see her image if she were alive today.
Yesterday, June 1, 2012, is what would have been her 86th birthday. I will do my part toward restoring her image as someone who deserves respect and acknowledgment for who she was, not what she was perceived to be. Here are some of my favorite photos and videos of her throughout the years. Happy birthday, Marilyn.
Having fun on the beach, circa 1939.