Why the world still holds a candle for Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe in the mid-1950s (Image: Getty)

And yet, all these years after Marilyn’s death, her brilliance has not diminished. She remains a major celebrity icon, the most famous and desirable “blonde bombshell” the world has ever seen.

But why is Marilyn still the most popular and famous movie legend in the world?

Nick Kent, executive producer of the documentary marking the 60th anniversary of her death, says that over the past six decades “no one has really questioned Marilyn’s status”.

He adds: “There is still no one to touch her. The beauty and sex-appeal she had then is just as strong now. Her appeal is universal. The gay community also embraced her. There is something about Marilyn that is incredibly resilient.’

Another factor, Nick believes, is that we lost her too soon.

“She really died at the top of her game, her beauty and her sex-appeal not lost,” he says. “A lot of stars — James Dean, Elvis — died young, but some lasted better than others. Marilyn held up exceptionally well.”

Finally, it represents a truly glamorous period when the modern concept of celebrity was just taking off.

“It was a very seductive era,” says Nick, whose documentary covers the famous 2016 Julien’s auction in Los Angeles, which brought in $11 million from the sale of more than 1,000 items from Marilyn’s life, from her dress to “Happy Birthday Mr. President “. and the gown she wore in the 1959 blockbuster Some Like It Hot to the menus on which she scribbled her career ambitions.

“Marilyn, JFK, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack – that’s Western capitalism in all its unbridled, sexy and full power.”

Her fragile beauty inspired pop artist Andy Warhol, who created her iconic images in the 1960s. And her vulnerability was captured by Elton John and Bernie Taupin in their touching ballad Candle In The Wind.

Although she was often viewed misogynistically as a “stupid blonde” and the victim of manipulative men, in many ways Marilyn was in control of her own destiny and managed her career in a way that was unusual at the time.

And what is rarely appreciated is that behind her flirtatious manner and sex bomb image she was extremely intelligent. She is widely reported to have had a genius level IQ of 168 and men underestimated her at their peril.

Time magazine called her a smart entrepreneur. She made a breakthrough deal with Twentieth Century Fox, in which she gained the right to choose her own pictures and directors.

She was also one of the first women in Hollywood to start her own production company.

“There’s a kind of sassy independence about Marilyn,” says Nick.

“It’s interesting that she’s a sex symbol, but she’s also a feminist icon. See how she managed her career and started her own production company with her own checkbook.

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Sixty years have passed since her tragic death, but the allure of the ‘sexy angel’ remains strong (Image: Getty)

“She died a few days after getting a million dollar contract with a Hollywood studio.

She was at the peak of her powers. She was a woman who took absolute control of her own life. Would you characterize Marilyn as a victim or as a freedom fighter fighting for female power and independence and standing in a business that is, let’s face it, remarkably misogynistic and sexist?

Marilyn certainly scored a memorable victory for independence in 1952 when, as a rising star, she was caught in a press storm when nude photos of her posing in 1949 to pay the bills surfaced.

She confirmed it at a press conference.

When a reporter asked her, “What were you wearing?”, she casually replied, “The radio.”

Far from ruining her burgeoning film career, her shrewd handling of a potential disaster made her an even bigger star.

Professor Sarah Churchwell, author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, notes: “She became famous as the first major Hollywood star to survive a nude scandal.

Marilyn was the first to say, ‘Yeah, that’s me. I’ve taken photos of nudes and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m not going to apologize for it and I’m not going to be ashamed of it. And guess what? I’m still a movie star.’

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Marilyn Monroe at the piano during a film in 1950 (Image: Getty)

At first, her acting skills were as underappreciated as her intellect, although she eventually won a Golden Globe for her performance in Somebody Likes It Hot.

“She was actually a very good actress,” says Nick. “In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953, she was opposite Jane Russell, who was a massive, massive Hollywood superstar at the time.

Marilyn came out of nowhere and just blew her off the screen.

“Her films have actually dated very well. If you look at Some Like It Hot, it’s still one of the best comedies ever made. It’s incredibly fun.

It’s one of those movies like It’s A Wonderful Life that you can show your kids now. The thing about Marilyn was that it wasn’t just about her looks. She was also a phenomenal talent.”

Marilyn was also extremely clever in deliberately crafting her image.

After seeing her in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, fellow actress Ellen Burstyn says, “I remember being amazed that a girl could be so hot on purpose. She caused a revolution in the image of women. No one has ever done that before.”

Monroe reached the pinnacle of her worldwide fame on May 19, 1962, when she delivered a rousing, breath-taking rendition of Happy Birthday, Mr. President, in perhaps the most famous dress of all time.

To sing at John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden, she had to be made into a “nude effect” dress made of pure silk and decorated with more than six thousand crystals.

Edward Meyer of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum says: “It’s the most iconic dress of the 20th century. It combines pop art and politics. It ties everything together beautifully.”

Darren Julien, of the auctioneers who sold the dress six years ago, agrees. “People are fascinated to see it,” he says. “It makes people cry. Very few artifacts in our lives have such an impact on the public.”

The audience audibly gasped as the star took off her fur stole and appeared to be almost naked on stage.

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Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) (Image: Getty)

Bob Mackie, who helped legendary Hollywood designer Jean Louis design the dress, admits, “It was based on the idea that Marilyn would be completely naked when she left, wearing nothing but diamonds.”

Professor Churchwell highlights the seismic impact that dress in the night had – and continues to have.

“It caused a sensation,” he says. “Many people who have never seen a Marilyn Monroe film to this day have seen footage of her singing in what one historian described as ‘leather and beads.'”

Nick emphasizes how impressive the moment remains. “She looked absolutely incredible in that dress. But it’s not just how she looked. Singing Happy Birthday Mr. President still gets a reaction this way. It still makes the hairs on your neck stand up.’

Marilyn’s rendition of the song was so seductive that it immediately sparked rumors that she and JFK were having an affair. It still lasts today.

It was the height of her celebrity. And yet tragically, just three months later, she was dead. The totemic nature of the dress is surely why Kim Kardashian became the only person other than Marilyn to wear it when she used it for a three-minute appearance on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York in May.

Kim (41) was accused of damaging the dress, which was bought at auction by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in 2016 for a record $4.8 million. The reality TV star, who had to drop 16kg to get into it, denied she was ripped.

The fact that she was so eager to broadcast the sexiest woman ever is easy to understand.

“Kardashian is obviously a very shrewd media manipulator,” says Nick. “She was probably hoping to be sprinkled with Marilyn’s stardust.”

Of course, Marilyn’s life was not a story of pure happiness. She never knew her father. When she was eight, her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and the young girl spent the rest of her childhood in various orphanages and foster homes.

Marilyn’s luck did not improve with age. She married at 16 and quickly divorced. Her second husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, beat her in a fit of jealousy after her famous “flowing dress” shot for The Seven Year Itch. She had several miscarriages with her third husband, the equally wealthy playwright Arthur Miller.

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Kim Kardashian in the famous Marilyn Monroe dress (Image: Getty)

Marilyn seemed to have it all, but she always struggled with inner demons.

“She hasn’t had a sense of stability since childhood,” says Professor Churchwell. “Then she went to Hollywood, an environment that deepened all her anxieties. She was often isolated and lonely.”

Although Marilyn died so young, she managed to leave a stunning legacy. She left us with a wonderful filmography and a unique, timeless and dazzling personality that inspired other artists.

Her friend Ellen Burstyn concludes, “I’ve never met anyone like her. There was sweetness in her. She never played dark characters. She was like a sexy angel…a radiant figure, a radiant being.”

And six decades after her death, Marilyn continues to enlighten us all.

Marilyn Monroe: Auction Of A Lifetime is tonight at 9:55pm on PBS America and streaming on Freeview

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