MARILYN MONROE WITH TONY CURTIS AND JACK LEMMON IN THE LEGENDARY FILM "SOME LIKE IT HOT"
It was early 1959 that the film that the American Film Institute named the Greatest American Comedy Film of All Time was released: Some Like it Hot. It was one of the last times the world would see Marilyn Monroe on the silver screen. She had given Americans pause, feeling the need to stop and think about the feelings that lurked inside each of them. She was a seemingly innocent small town girl whose talent and beauty had given her opportunities that she’d never imagined.
MARILYN MONROE DISPLAYING HER INIMITABLE BEAUTY AND PERSONALITY
Her tragic end was as sad as her life’s beginning. The disputed identity of her father was compounded by her mother’s mental instability. Because she was unable to properly care for her, the young Norma Jeane was tossed around from home to home, suffering sexual abuse and perpetual uncertainty.
When she was just a young girl, about 8 years old, Norma Jeane was under the care of her mother’s friend, Grace McKee. Grace used to encourage her to wear makeup and style her hair. She told her that she could be a movie star. They often went to movies together and it did not take long for Norma Jeane to become fascinated with Hollywood. Although Grace moved on, Norma Jeane never stopped longing for stardom. While working as a model, she caught the attention of a Hollywood executive and landed her first film contract at age 20.
LOVED BY FILM DIRECTORS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS THE WORLD OVER, MARILYN MONROE'S PERSONAL BRAND BECAME A COMMERCIAL JUGGERNAUT
It was at the beginning of her film career that she adopted the name Marilyn Monroe. It was not the first stage name she used. There were many other variations before she agreed to use Marilyn Monroe because the double M’s sounded sexy. She initially hesitated because Marilyn was a typical contraction of Mary Lynn, which she did not like. Monroe had been her mother’s maiden name.
A STUNNING SEPIA IMAGE OF MARILYN MONROE
Although she won the affections of the American public, Marilyn never seemed to be content. She was married and divorced three times; the second marriage to Joe DiMaggio lasted a mere nine months. And, she never had the pleasure of becoming a mother. Her outpouring of sexuality was a large part of her persona. Hugh Hefner, the owner of Playboy magazine, credited the great success of the magazine’s first issue to Marilyn, whose nude photographs were featured.
AN ICONIC IMAGE OF MARILYN MONROE
Of her many instances of sexy public posturing, perhaps the most famous was at Madison Square Garden in May of 1962, when Marilyn sang Happy Birthday Mr. President for President John F. Kennedy, with whom some believed she had an affair. Just a few months later, this striking beauty was found dead in her home from an apparent barbiturate overdose. The world will never see another like the great Marilyn Monroe.
The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection is proud to present an original signed copy of the 1958 Life magazine photo illustration featuring the inimitable Marilyn Monroe. The inscription reads “Love Marilyn Monroe.” The artwork measures 8.5 x 10 inches and is in full color. It features Marilyn with hair and makeup emphasizing a resemblance to Marlene Dietrich. Come appreciate the elegance of classic Hollywood in our high-quality photographic image of her magazine illustration below:
ORIGINAL SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE OF MARILYN MONROE, AS FEATURED IN LIFE MAGAZINE IN 1958
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