You know Marilyn Monroe, right? That blonde bimbo whose face is everywhere? Well, she wasn’t dumb, not at all, and her face being everywhere is the sad result of, well, capitalism. Now let us tell you something about friggin’ capitalis–no, wait, we were talking about Monroe. Yeah, she wasn’t even blonde! But this is well known. What is more interesting is how Monroe’s image has begun to change in recent times, especially as the toxicity of old Hollywood becomes clearer and clearer. Just like the cultural awareness that perhaps Britney Spears wasn’t a soulless product for the male gaze to devour, but rather a person with, you know, ideas, feelings, and parasites surrounding her, Monroe’s soulful humanity and artistic significance have long begun to be reconsidered. Also, Kim Kardashian’s desperate need for relevance has only made clearer how special Monroe was. 

Yes, Marilyn Monroe was beautiful. But she was also much more than the sex she was typecast into during her lifetime – and the death she was typecast into after her demise. What has emerged is a complex human being, who handled her image and sexuality in a very deliberate manner, so much so that you could say it was she who objectified an entire culture, and that she’s been having us in the palm of her hand for almost 80 years. The problem is that the character got too real. As what might well be the definite biopic approach to Monroe’s psychological depth moves closer to us, we thought it’d be interesting to get to know the legend a bit more under a new light: astonished by her beauty, of course, but also respectful of her actual life, emotional complexity, and undeniable artistic achievements.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

CRACKED.COM Marilyn Monroe Truman Capote wanted her to play Holly Golightly. Monroe was friends with the literary legend, and even played a few scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany's for him, but her acting coach advised her not to play such a character. Capote was not happy with Paramount's choice, Audrey Hepburn.

Source: Vogue

Marilyn's Voice

CRACKED.COM Marilyn Monroe Her sultry voice was a result of speech therapy. A speech therapist trained Monroe to overcome her stuttering through that breathy, throaty style. Sadly, the stutter returned in later years, which helped build her reputation as being difficult to work with.

Source: Vogue

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