Sunday, September 25, 2022

Why My Teenager Loves Marilyn Monroe

Nearly everyone knows who Marilyn Monroe was. A beautiful actress. A talented singer.  A woman who tragically died at a young age.  But actually, Marilyn Monroe wasn't even her real name. It was Norma Jean. A studio executive came up with Marilyn and Marilyn suggested Monroe, which was a family name. 

She was abused by a lot of men in Hollywood who took advantage of her. They would cruelly tell her if she wanted a part that she had to sleep with them. She was forced to perform lewd acts. Back then, there was no me too movement. No protection of any kind. If she didn't do it, she'd be kicked out of Hollywood. 

But Marilyn didn't always sit back and take it. She would give interviews on how men liked when she played a ditzy blond but she was actually intelligent. 




Marilyn stuck up for the beautiful singer Ella Fitzgerald. A club refused to let Ella perform due to her race so Marilyn told the owner that she'd be in the front row whenever Ella performed to help with business. Ella and Marilyn were pretty close.




Tired of being treated like garbage in Hollywood, Marilyn started her own production company. 




Marilyn had a stutter which she was able to mostly control, but it started to return at the end of her life. Natalie also has a stutter that occasionally starts when she reads out loud and she can get embarrassed. It makes her feel better that Marilyn also had a stutter. 





She left some of her money to help children with their mental health since she struggled so much with her own. She was sent into a psychiatric hospital and her ex husband Joe DiMaggio helped her get out.




She supported the Civil Rights Movement and had many political books that she was warned to hide on set in the 1950s. 




Again, she was smart. She played the role of a dumb blonde for her movies but actually went to acting school to improve. She wanted to be taken seriously but so many men kept her in the ditzy roles. Marilyn loved to read. Marilyn was bright. She was a businesswoman. 



Remember: not everything is as it seems. And that's an important lesson for us all. 

19 comments:

  1. Englightening! So many aspects of her I never knew - and, yes, an important lesson.

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  2. I've read about her and Ella Fitzgerald. Beautiful inside and out.

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  3. Marilyn was a fasinating person. I loved her style in clothes.

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  4. How fun that she is enjoying the history behind Maryin Monroe.

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  5. I didn't know some of these facts about Marilyn! I love that your daughter can relate to her.

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  6. Wow! This is a really great and very informative post! I’ve learned a lot about her thanks to this!

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  7. I wish more people knew more of this about Marilyn. She sounds like a good person to look up to.

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  8. It's shocking how much these Hollywood producers abused their power. Marilyn was such a beautiful woman in all aspects of the word.

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  9. She was such a beauty and there is so much that you taught me about her. Looks like she picked a good idol to look up to.

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  10. Who doesn't love Marilyn Monroe?! Love reading all these bits of facts about her!

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  11. I like Natalie’s blue dress where did she get it? And it looks like alot like the dress Marilyn Monroe is wearing in a photo

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  12. I've heard so many beautiful things about Marilyn. I think she was a special woman!

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  13. Marilyn was iconic for so many reasons, it's nice to read her less scandalous feats expanded upon.

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  14. It's shameful how women were treated then. But that is the way it was. I have always been a big fan of Marilyn Monroe.

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  15. Such an important lesson. She really was an inspiring and interesting woman.

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  16. I didn't know all these things about Marilyn Monroe. I do believe she was one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. -LYNNDEE

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  17. I knew little facts about Marilyn, so thanks for sharing the info! Also, I liked that blue dress ❤️

    Everything Enchanting

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  18. Marilyn Monroe is also my most favorite actress of all time.

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  19. Your daughter is very pretty! Marilyn was and still the prettiest in hollywood...thanks for sharing these details about her.

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