Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The saddest girl to ever hold a Martini.

I'm pretty sure you're not a proper (American?) girl if you don't have some type of connection with Marilyn Monroe. Her whimsical spirit, beauty, portraits and raw sexuality plague every book on American pop culture and the story of her intrinsic beauty coupled with her tragic life have always riveted the masses.

Today, another window into her complicated, bittersweet world emerged to us all.


Image info via CNN.com: Robert F. Kennedy, left, Marilyn Monroe and President John F. Kennedy in 1962 photo taken by Cecil Stoughton. Historian Arthur Schlesinger is on the far right. Singer Harry Belafonte can be seen facing the camera in the rear

The above image was sent to me in an email from my Dad after it circulated the Media. Here it shows Marilyn Monroe standing inbetween one of America's most well-known siblings: The Kennedy Brothers.

Of note in this picture:

  • It was taken May 19, 1962 on her last major public appearance before her death August 5, 1962.

  • She is graciously still wearing her uber-sexy dress she wore as she sang "Happy Birthday" to our President, specially designed and made for her by Jean Louis, sold at an auction in 1999 for USD $1.26 million.

  • But perhaps the most fascinating part about this photo is that it is the only known photo of JFK and Marilyn together as it is alleged the Secret Service destroyed all documenting evidence of any relationship between the two of them. It has also been widely alleged that she had an ongoing affair with Robert Kennedy.


{Me giving Marilyn's star some love in Los Angeles, July 2009}

I always wonder what really happened in her life and the questions run deeper as you look at this picture. Robert seems to be smiling at her as JFK avoids eye contact for reasons unknown. Why is her expression bitter? Is she upset Jackie is there or was the image captured at an awkward moment. What other images were destroyed? What am I missing in this image and what am I reading too much into? We'll never know but it's amazing to catch a glimpse of her in all her astounding glory.

Yesterday, (Tuesday, June 1, 2010) Marilyn would have been 84 years old.

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23 comments:

courtney and brigitte said...

your outfit is so cute, i love marylin shes such a good fashion icon :)
great blog

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Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

She was an American goodess - everyone adored her - she has what is lacking in most - though not classically educated, she had such charm, charisma and an enviable confidence. Such a pity that she was such a sad tiny girl inside - no-one could have saved her from herself.

ellinelle said...

..ciao ciao sweetie ..I have given you an award - 'I love your blog ' so collect that at my place , I made some collage of few things I thought about you .. I think you are an awesome girl Caitlin ..

that's a sad story amout M.M ..she definitely was femme fatale , there is still so much questions about her but no answers ..

Ellinelle xxx

Kinsey Michaels said...

I never really knew a lot about Marilyn, but it is certainly an intriguing image. I love the photo of you next to her star.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Marilyn Monroe is one of my favorite style icons... really how can you not love her? Your outfit is absolutely fabulous and stunning!

xo

Keith said...

I love MM. She's such an icon. I'm totally fascinated by her. Great post.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

The image is not working for me for soem reason ugh :( But anyways, I agree, we'll never know the whole truth, not about her, not about so many other celebs... Which only makes it all the fascinating and even makes it feel even more tragic.

Leah said...

I love her even if I'm not an American... she is a legend. That photo of her with the Kennedy brothers is very interesting. xoxo

Savvy Gal said...

You look adorable and MM is a legend as Leah stated. : )

bananas. said...

I love her even if she was a pill popping homewrecker. She said the best quotes! And there will never be anyone else like her.

Rasha said...

Awe. she is a true icon... beutiful.

Southern Comfort said...

84? Wow, I really wish we could have seen her at 84.

Rhiannon Nicole said...

She is so gorgeous. In this undescribable way. Can you believe she would have been that old yesterday? It's almost like we only knew her as her gorgeous self at that age. Imagine what she would have looked like now....

Nathalie said...

It is true, there are so many mysteries about her life. Fact is that she had such an exceptional spirit and power. Definitly an uber style icon!
*Nathalie

Vanessa said...

Oh Marilyn, she's so beautiful. As are you! I can't believe she would have been 84. So sad. Could you imagine what a classy old lady she would have been?

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I so wonder what she would've been like today if she was still alive... Nice post!

Erika said...

Happy, Happy Belated Birthday, Marilyn! Ah, my mom is OBSESSED with her!! :)

Kristin said...

I think hers must have been a very lonely existence!

Katie said...

Great post! Such an icon!

Jenna said...

I wrote a paper about her at U of O, and I I have no idea where any of my homework is! GR! I save everything :( Anyway! I liked reading this--lovely! I think I wrote a paper debating whether she died or was killed ... So sad -Brittany Murphy is like the same story but younger :(

Fleur said...

Poor Marylin! She wouldn't probably be such an icon if she lived until her 90 but still...

Holly said...

I love Marilyn. Her story is heartbreaking and so very interesting. My friend did her senior year research paper on her...it was fascinating.

OceanDreams said...

What an intriguing article...I went on CNN and read the entire thing word for word...so crazy that they got rid of all of the photos, would love to know more about that affair. Love that picture of Marilyn and such a heart breaking story.