Woman's Secret ~ Why the Mystique of Marilyn Monroe Lives on and not only her looks but also, how She Walked, might tell you why she was so admired. But what PAINFUL secrets she carried?
I have to admit. When I was a little boy, I had a crush on Marilyn. My parents talked about her frequently, and I was introduced as a little boy to some of her movies, and her old magazine pictures.
If you can take away one thing from this blog and understood what Marilyn Monroe had and more important what she didn't, it may change your life forever.
Not many women of today have attended Charm School, nor many of their mothers have shown them this trait, but watch a female lion walk and it explains it all. That is what Carry Grant said about Marilyn below too.
Yes she had stunning looks and a great body too, but what she expressed unconsciously in how she moved was more than that.
In fact, here is what Clark Gable said about Marilyn,
“Everything Marilyn does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso.” And no one else can follow her charm, no matter how many starlets have tried.
So what was Marilyn really like and why did she have such a hold on people back then, and even today, is what we hope to discuss here. Maybe her role was all an act, and all she knew.
Before I leave this post, here is a statement that Marilyn made just before she died on August 5th, 1962 on an overdose of prescription drugs. at 36 years of age. What she said is very revealing:
“No one ever told me I was pretty when
I was a little girl. All little girls should be
told they're pretty, even if they aren't.”
I wish to ask the question being claimed to be the most beautiful woman in the world, why she would make such a statement. Why she did, may surprise you.
So why was her past even though Marilyn had so much going for her in beauty, money and lifestyle, did she eventually she threw it all away with drug abuse and later death.
It reminds me of the comic Rodney Dangerfield used to say, "I get know respect!" Later I am paraphrasing what he would later say, "I have fame and all the money that I have ever wanted, but I was not happy as a little boy. The problem is that I am still not happy, and I will never get what I missed as a child back again".
The same can be said about Marilyn. So here is her beginning story and why like Dangerfield, she couldn't get that happiness back she lost as a child either.
Here is a quote from a biography on Marilyn's life as a child to see why she was so vulnerable.
“Marilyn Monroe had a difficult childhood. Born Norma Jean Mortensen on June 1, 1926 to a mentally unstable mother and absent father, she spent her childhood in a series of foster homes and an orphanage.”
“As Gladys was mentally and financially incapable of caring for Norma, she placed her daughter with foster parents, where Norma stayed until she was seven. In 1933 her mother bought a house and took Marilyn to live with her, but shortly after she had the first of a series of mental crises. Marilyn became a ward of the state.”
“After a time in further foster homes, Norma returned to live with Grace and her husband "Doc." He allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, so Grace moved the girl to live with her great-aunt Olive in California. There she was again the victim of a sexual assault, allegedly by Olive's son. Grace sent Norma to live with another aunt, Ana Lower. It may have been Ana's ill health that forced another move, this time back to Grace and her husband in 1942, when Norma was 16.
When Grace and Doc had to move, they decided not to take Norma, who was in a relationship with a neighbor's son, Jim Dougherty. In order to keep her out of foster care, Norma and Jim were married. They divorced in 1946, the same year she began to use the name Marilyn Monroe, a name devised by a 20th Century Fox executive.”
This element of sadness remains, Marilyn, was never told she was pretty as a little girl, and lived her whole life as an American beauty and never in her heart of hearts, ever believing that she was.