On August 6, 1962, the lifeless body of Marilyn Monroe was found in her home. It was assumed that she died of an overdose barbiturates, although no suicide note or glass were found near her. A Hollywood star's bright light, troubled as it was, was snuffed out.
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean Mortenson) has been the source of inspiration for artists and photographers for more than a half century. She was Playboy Magazine's very first Playmate of the Month. She played to the camera like no one had in years, and she appealed to both men and women. The breathy voice, the hourglass figure, she was truly one of a kind, and she inspired quite a few imitators in the years since (Anna Nicole Smith and Madonna to name a couple). A film starring Michelle Williams was made about her in 2011, 49 yers after her passing. that is real staying power!
So, here's to you, Marilyn Monroe...like the great song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin says, we never really knew you at all, but we're so glad for the time you did spend with us.