This article marks the 49th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, and is also published at Immortal Marilyn
‘Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.’ Marilyn Monroe, My Story, 1954
When Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962, the world’s press pointed the finger at Hollywood. ‘Marilyn was the victim of the glaring lights, the severe demands, the cracking whips, the cheers and jeers and juggling in the big circus tent of the movies,’ declared Stockholm’s Dagens Nyheter. ‘Hollywood gave birth to her and killed her,’ judged Moscow’s Isvestia.
However, Rome’s Il Tempo took a different view. ‘Who killed her?’ it asked. ‘If we look ourselves in the face, we are forced to answer, “We did!” ‘ Continue reading