Click here to read the full article. If your stance is, rightly, that Marilyn Monroe was a kind of genius, an actress for whom the status of sex symbol comes with an asterisk, because she was not helplessly beholden to her iconic image — not merely a slave to the culture’s open-flied erotic hunger, not simply the fatuous, buxom blonde many mistook her to be, but rather an extremely savvy engineer of her own persona, a witty, whip-smart, and self-aware talent for whom the culture’s low expectations proved an opportune plaything instead of a hard limit — if it’s your belief that this is the truth of Marilyn Monroe’s appeal and the essence of her timelessness, then Andrew Dominik’s Blonde , starring Ana de Armas as Monroe, may not be the movie for you. To start, this isn’t so much a movie about Marilyn Monroe. It instead aspires to be a movie about Norma Jean: the woman behind that persona, the troubled victim of abandonment and abuse for whom the persona “Marilyn Monroe” is … [Read more...] about ‘Blonde’ Tells a Story of Marilyn Monroe That’s All Pain, No Pleasure
"MARILYN MONROE DIES; PILLS BLAMED" That was the front-page headline on an Aug. 6, 1962, Los Angeles Times story that began, "Marilyn Monroe, a troubled beauty who failed to find happiness as Hollywood's brightest star, was discovered dead in her Brentwood home of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills Sunday." More than 60 years after her death at age 36, the "blonde bombshell" is as much of a sensation as she ever was. The longevity is fueled in part by bizarre speculation that the actress was murdered, with suspects ranging from the Kennedys and the CIA to Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and the Mafia. But mainly Marilyn Monroe's sex appeal has lasting commercial appeal, as capsulized by a 1973 headline in the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal: "MM: Still Making Money." Just this year, Andy Warhol's silk-screen portrait "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for more than $195 million at Christie's, a record for a 20th-century artwork sold at auction. On Wednesday, Netflix will release a … [Read more...] about Marilyn Monroe: Larger than life, and even larger in death
For a moment there this spring, she was inescapable. In late April, Marilyn Monroe's life and death were the subject of the Netflix documentary "The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes," which explored a handful of conspiracy theories regarding her relationships with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. The following week, Kim Kardashian made headlines around the world when she arrived at the Met Gala - so fashionably late as to be the very last guest on the scene - wearing the very dress Monroe wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to Kennedy in 1962. The week after that, the famed Andy Warhol portrait of Monroe sold for a record-shattering $195 million at a Christie's auction. With the addition of "Blonde," the new Andrew Dominik film (based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates) that arrives Wednesday on Netflix, it would now be hard to refute: We're in a Year of Marilyn. With her cotton candy puff of golden-white hair unmistakable on the streamer's … [Read more...] about America is obsessed with Marilyn Monroe. ‘Blonde’ is about Norma Jeane.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 74 EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — As Queen Elizabeth II's four children walked silently behind, a hearse carried her flag-draped coffin Monday along a crowd-lined street in the Scottish capital to a cathedral, where a service of thanksgiving hailed the late monarch as a “constant in all of our lives for over 70 years.” Four days after the 96-year-old queen died at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, a military bagpiper played as her oak coffin, draped in the … [Read more...] about Queen hailed in Scotland as a ‘constant in all our lives’