Marilyn Monroe, (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962).
When will Hollywood get over the Marilyn Monroe Syndrome?
The quintessential American sex symbol and TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film's Sexiest Women of All Time who was the first model to pose nude on the cover of the first issue of Playboy in December 1953, making Marilyn the first Playmate of the Month.
The unforgettable dumb blonde of the silver screen has inspired many Hollywood actresses who have idolized her as the epitome of the classic screen beauty. But not for her acting abilities even though she got some coveted nominations and won the Golden Globe Award for her performance in "Some Like It Hot" (1959). Her sexy pose in the 1955 movie "The Seven Year Itch" with her white skirt blown up by the wind as she stood over a New York City subway grate has been imitated by many other women, including famous female divas Madonna, Mira Sorvino, Maria Carey, Charlize Theron, Rachel Hunter, Anna Nicole Smith and in fact inspired the late disco diva Donna Summer (December 31, 1949, died May 17, 2012) in her 17-minute orgasmic song “Love To Love You” released in 1975. Lindsay Lohan in early spring 2008 posed as Marilyn Monroe for the same famous photographer Bert Stern in similar postures like his 1962 last photographs of Monroe called “The Last Sitting”. Then an Art collector paid $5.6 million for the ivory pleated Travilla dress at the legendary Debbie Reynolds Collections for Profiles in History Auction House in Calabasas, California, on Saturday, June 18th, 2011.
A statue of Marilyn Monroe in the same celebrated pose is now the rave of the moment as reported by Los Angeles Times.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.