Fifty years ago today, the world lost one of the most captivating characters ever to strut in front of a rolling camera. The character of “Marilyn Monroe” that Norma Jeane Baker spent years perfecting remains as equally recognizable and mysterious as it does immortal. The ongoing search for authenticity regarding the details of her life and death seems only to muddy the waters. The Monroe mysteries become more and more elaborate, and with every new biography that reveals the never-before-told true story of Norma Jeane and Marilyn, we seem to lose one more piece of the puzzle. The more we try to learn, the less we seem to know.
After half a century, it’s this shrinking number of puzzle pieces that keeps us so desperate someday to see a completed picture.
Remembering Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962) with some previous posts:
- Stormy Weather
- The Seven Year Itch (1955)
- Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)
- Sorta Cools the Ankles, Doesn’t It
- How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
- Happy Birthday, Marilyn!