Happy 90th Birthday Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe would have been 90 years old today. Never has there been a celebrity who so captured the imagination and hearts of so many people. From a very troubled childhood where she was bounced around many homes, she found stardom, albeit peace and happiness seemed to forever elude her.

She appeared on the cover and as centerfold in the first issue of Playboy in December of 1953. The nude pictures published of her would usually have marked the end of a legitimate Hollywood career, but she made it work for her and it helped her become a sex symbol and bonafide star. In her first supporting role in All About Eve, she left audiences wondering, "Who’s that girl?”

She would go onto star in classics like Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Bus StopThe Misfits and possibly the greatest comedy of all time, Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot.

Marilyn desperately wanted to be taken seriously as an actor and was constantly studying and training with coaches like Lee Strasburg to improve herself. Still she was regarded as a joke, and her talent was greatly underrated, even though in reality she seemed to be nothing like the “dumb blonde” she was known to portray.

The tragedy, if that is not too strong a word, is that few took her seriously, even at her zenith. People who adored her movies discounted her gifts.  She could sing, dance, act, was sexy and uniquely talented.

She only lit up the marquee as a headliner for ten years, but her movies yielded $200 million by the time for her death.

She remains a pop cultural icon and she is still very much en vogue even 54 years after her death.  Check out one of Marilyn's most iconic performances singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend":

And from the Marilyn Monroe History, rare, raw, unedited, unreleased Something's Got To Give outtakes footage:

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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