I first saw Marylin Monroe in the movie Some Like It Hot. When I was bored, I would go over to my neighbor’s house. She was a Mary Kay lady in her 50s who knitted a lot and also watched old movie musicals. I was enthralled. I fell in love with Gene Kelly, Fred and Ginger, and, Marilyn.
I remember reading Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates during my college years. The novel is a fictionalized biography. It is both dark and comic.
This past year, I watched the television series SMASH (created by Hedgebrook alumna Theresa Rebeck). I will remain forever enthralled with Marilyn as an icon. She holds a place in my pantheon of sheros: Gilda Radner, Lucille Ball, Mae West, Nora Ephron, Julie Taymor, Kristen Wiig, Amy Phoeler and Tina Fey (among others).
This post is short and sweet. Just a little nod, a remembrance, for an eternally beautiful entertainer. I will close with one of my favorite Marilyn quotations:
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”