My love for Marilyn Monroe came about when I was really young - an old pub my Grandad used to take me to for lunch had a wall filled with her photos. I watched a few of her films with him and I remember being completely fascinated by her. As I've gotten older, the story of her life - and sudden death - has continued to interest me. Like many people, I've always seen her as the ultimate poster girl for glamour; the blonde curls, the lipstick, the curves. I always remember thinking she was the most beautiful women I'd ever seen when I first watched her movies. Even in candid shots she looks flawless.
Despite her iconic appearance and overwhelming success, it is no secret that Marilyn's life was far from perfect. According to many biographies, she was notoriously difficult to work with and her rumored affair with JFK still evokes debate today. I think this - combined with the mystery surrounding her death - is one of the reasons we find her story so interesting.
I read an article recently stating that due to Marilyn's iconic status, it's hard to imagine her as a real person with real problems. I definitely think there's some truth in that. It's always comforting to remember that sadness is something that we all feel, whatever our lifestyle may be. Of course, it's tragic that Marilyn's difficulties eventually got the better of her, and that she's so often recognised for her personal troubles rather than her beauty and glittering career. I always like to think that the people she was closest to remembered her for the latter.
On that note, I'm off to commemorate Marilyn's birthday by watching one of my all time favourite films, The Seven Year Itch, with a large mug of tea.
Are you a Marilyn fan? x