Monday, August 6, 2012

Marilyn Reading

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August 5, 2012 was the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe. I'm not a gigantic Marilyn Monroe fan, although I do admire her work. I will always stop flipping channels when I happen upon Some Like it Hot. (It doesn't hurt that Tony Curtis is a gorgeous Hebrew hottie.) 

I'm no fan of Joyce Carol Oates, but I have read bits and pieces of 
Blonde, as I wrote about in "The Good Parts." 

*By the way, my dad still has that biography of Marilyn in his bedroom (I stumbled upon the book when he went to Florida and left me the keys to his Ford Ranger - it was in the drawer with the truck keys). I called it "trashy," but I think I was unfairly dismissive of it. *

This is that book, Goddess by Anthony Summers, being held with affection by Megan Fox, star of Jennifer's Body. Fox has a Marilyn tattoo on her left arm. 

Marilyn herself loved to read. This is the image I have pinned to my Hotties Read board. 

But Pinterest abounds with photos of the oft-photographed actress with her beautiful nose in  a good book. Here she is tackling James Joyce. 

Here she is reading Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

She read standing. She read sitting. She read lying down. (Notice her book is called How to Improve Your Thinking Ability.)

She read on park benches.

She read on the floor.

She even read to children.

She was photographed reading so often, you could make a collage.

...and of Marilyn's The Misfits co-stars, the very dapper Clark Gable could, on occasion, be caught reading...

Here they are together on a movie tie-in edition of Arthur Miller's book.

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Erin O'Riordan said...

D. R. Haney, in this article (, quotes Tennessee Williams as having said, "...we couldn’t conceive that an ambulatory bowl of rich vanilla ice cream needed to think or to grow a mind. Marilyn sought and developed her identity as a sex symbol; she wiggled and cooed for the camera, but, incapable of satisfaction or understanding, she fought this image, so she would read Joyce and Schopenhauer and Woolf and Jung. Of course she understood none of it, because there was no fertile ground in which any of this could take hold: You can throw a multitude of seeds into the desert sands, but there will never be fruitage."

Tennessee Williams, while a great playwright, was also a bitch. He had little to no respect for women's intellect.

*slaps Tennessee Williams through the space-time continuum*

Camille said...

She was so classy and I love her quotes!

Sharon Martin said...

So love your Marilyn pics !!

Shah Wharton said...

The recent movie was very interesting. I adore this woman - she was ahead of her time and oozed sex and charm.

Erin O'Riordan said...

I haven't seen that Michele Williams movie yet, but I'm certain it's somewhere on my Netflix DVD queue.

Brit @ Confessions of a PinAholic said...

Love your pins. Can't believe it's been 50 years! She was a beautiful woman!