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(From her official website ) Marilyn Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world. Although she was an alluring beauty with voluptuous curves and a generous pout, Marilyn was more than a ‘50s sex goddess. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. She dominated the age of movie stars to become, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century.
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. She was known for her comedic skills and screen presence, going on to become one of the most popular movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s. At the later stages of her career, she worked towards serious roles with a measure of success. However, she faced disappointments in her career and personal life during her later years.
Marilyn Monroe had 'the finest body ever recorded'
By making herself her own boss, she won freedom and affluence.
She invested her money in high-quality diamonds, which were also stage props, and by the end of the 1930s, she was probably the most celebrated owner of precious stones outside India. She wore them as often as possible.
When an usherette at the Hollywood Roxy exclaimed at a premiere in December 1936, "Goodness, what diamonds!", West came back with her best spontaneous riposte ever - "Goodness has nothing to do with it."
This was in the great American tradition of one-liners: "A hard man is good to find"; "It ain't the men in my life; it's the life in my men"; "When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better".
There were also her suggestive songs such as Come Up And See Me Some Time, I Like A Man Who Takes His Time, What Do You Have To Do To Get It and many more.
She worked hard on her gags, and her enormous gag book was, next to her diamonds, her most precious possession.
It eventually numbered 2,000 pages and 20,000 jokes. She took some from stock publications for stand-up comics, such as McNally's Bulletin and Digest Of Humour, some of them going back to the 19th century.
But most were originals or at least her own versions.
The only effective restraint upon her was censorship. In 1927 she was convicted of corrupting public morals with one of her plays - Sex.
She was sentenced to ten days in jail and served eight, with two days off for good behaviour.
She wove her prison term into her public image. With a protofeminist twist, she pointed out that all the lawyers in the case against her were men, the jury was all-male and no women witnesses were called.
"This," she said, "was a case of Men versus One Woman."
That summed her up. She set out to prove that a woman can outdo men in the grand and grim task of showbusiness, and she succeeded.