The Quintessential American Sex Symbol – Marilyn

Day 25 of Colourisation Project – June 1

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

You only have to say the name Marilyn and everyone knows who you are talking about.

Marilyn Monroe

Publicity Still ~ Marilyn Monroe circa early 50s – Colourised by Loredana Crupi

Born this day, June 1, in 1926, Marilyn Monroe started out in the world as Norma Jean Mortenson. Her successful acting career was cut short in the prime of her life, in 1962. Several theories surround her death which was classified as “probable suicide” by an overdose of barbiturates. At the time of her death it is reported she was having an affair with President Kennedy and on the day of her death had spent time with Robert Kennedy. Consequently the conspiracy theories abound.

Despite a sad and difficult childhood spent being shunted between relatives and foster homes, Marilyn was a survivor and went on to become the quintessential American sex symbol. She bacame a sought after actress and starred in many films such as Gentleman Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionare, all of which contributed to her Hollywood icon status.

In 1956, she was nominated for BAFTA as the best foreign actress for The Seven Year Itch. Twice nominated for the Golden Globe awards, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time in 1999 by the American Film Institute.

If I may quote Elton John….”Your candle burned out long before your legend never did.”

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.”   Marilyn Monroe


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