If you asked someone on the street to describe Marilyn Monroe, you would likely get an answer that went something like this: buxom blonde bombshell who became a star in the 50s by playing the dumb, clueless bimbo with a heart of gold. She was known for her figure and her magnetic charisma, but her acting was just ok.
Do you find yourself nodding in agreement? Well, then you have a surprise in store. Yes, she was everything listed above, but as we find out in a new biography about the sex goddess’ life, the ‘dumb blonde’ persona went only as far as the edge of the silver screen.
Once she was out from in front of the camera, however, a much different Marilyn emerged. One whom very few of us would recognize.
Fox News reports, “Monroe, who died on August 5, 1962 at age 36, is the subject of a new book by Michelle Morgan titled ‘The Girl,’ which explores how Monroe attempted to take control of her image in Tinsel Town and even fought to get the iconic leading role in 1955’s ‘The Seven Year Itch.’
“Morgan, who has studied Monroe’s life for 30 years, was able to track down some of the last living people associated with the screen legend to further investigate how the star helped pioneer an unlikely movement in Hollywood for other actresses yearning to make it big on their terms.”
And it’s a good thing she did or we never would have had this intriguing picture of the beloved movie star.
Marilyn was no dummy. She knew that the character - the shapely looker who walked with that iconic wiggle - was what brought her the fame and stardom that she so relished, but she also was very clear about how far that would go.
Because of her obvious beauty and sex appeal, she was a target for studio bosses who were accustomed to using the ‘casting couch’ as part of every actress’ audition process. You don’t perform well there, you don’t get the part. Period. But Monroe had a big surprise in store for the Hollywood wolves when it was her turn to ‘put up or else…’
“She had said that she never fell for it,” Morgan told Fox News. “She had walked out of various interviews and situations that she deemed inappropriate…
"And while Monroe’s life was cut short from an apparent accidental drug overdose, Morgan said there are still many lessons to learn from her time in Hollywood.
“She had a tragic story,” said Morgan. “A tragic childhood and a tragic death. But at the same time… To walk out of her film career, create her own company, go to New York, study at the Actor’s Studio, make friends with all of these intellectuals, become a businesswoman and a producer?
“Marilyn didn’t care what people thought of her. She had this ambition and she wanted to go for it… She was constantly educating herself, always fighting for the rights of herself and other people.”
I don’t know about you, but my whole impression of the tragic actress just did a 180. I’m so glad Ms. Morgan took the time to investigate this beloved performer who was so much more than just a pretty face - and I'm glad I know it.
To look back on the controversy surrounding the beloved star's mysterious death on August 5, 1962, watch the video, below.