Thursday, April 26, 2012

Marilyn Mon-Role Model

How would you answer the question, "if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?" The first person who always come to mind for me is Marilyn Monroe. I want to ask her how she really died (was it an accidental overdose, was it a murder, was it a suicide). I want to know how tall she is in real life (I'm guessing she's actually quite small). I want to know how she feels about being an icon to the likes of Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Anna Nicole Smith, me, and other embarrassments to society. But mostly, I just want to know what she would wear!
Maybe it's because I've lived in D.C. for 6 years, but I feel like most chicks I know are all about Jackie O. with her helmet hair, pillbox hats, and waspy accent. I don't mean to be rude (sure I do), but I think she is snoozeville USA. I mean, hair that doesn't move and barely-there-make-up? No. Absolutely not. 
Of course, Marilyn oozes sex and glamour, but for me, she also exudes humor (most of her roles were comedic and everyone she worked with spoke of her impeccable sense of timing) and intelligence (she wasn't formally educated, but she was incredibly well-read and left behind a legacy of brilliant quotes), highly unusual pairings when you think about the dichotomy of, say, Courtney Stodden and Amy Farrah Fowler, for example.
So yeah, she was a sexpot, gorgeous, funny, and smart. I mean, of COURSE I idolize her!
When I was visiting my parents last week, my mom (who is also a huge Marilyn fan) and I watched "My Week with Marilyn," which inspired our own mini Marilyn movie marathon, including "The Prince & Me" (the movie she was filming in My Week with Marilyn) and "The Seven Year Itch." 
I don't care how superficial this sounds, but I was so taken with her beauty that I decided to just Google and Pin a bunch of pictures of her in a simple-minded attempt to absorb some of her good looks through internet osmosis...or something. I told you it was simple-minded. I was especially delighted to find this magazine feature where she talks about her eating habits, which is pretty much a Paleo diet, minus the random ice cream sundaes.
It pretty much proves we're soul mates. It also proves that we really WOULD be the perfect dinner companions. 
So, if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would YOU choose? And what would you eat?!


Unknown said...

I LOVE Marilyn! In college, I had a whole Marilyn gallery wall, she is beautiful and has a better body than most stars these days!!

Lydia Armstrong said...

Look at her cute little butt in that last pic. I adore MM too--- my mom does also, and instilled a healthy obsession with MM in me at a young age. She's just so fascinating. I think that's the appeal-- like, who was she REALLY? I like how in "My Week with Marilyn" they allude to her being aware of her "persona" and acting it up for the public. Like she knew who they wanted her to be and so she played that up. But who was she really?

Jenna | The Eighty Twenty said...

I watched that movie with my friend, Stephanie, because she too is in LOVE with Marylin. I had obviously known about her and seen so many photos of her, but I think that film opened my eyes up to her beauty (and of course, Michelle William's beauty). If I could have dinner with ANYONE dead or alive.........Dead: I would choose Hadley Hemingway, (Ernest Hemingway's first wife) alive; Jennifer Aniston because I just want to be her best friend and tell her that Rachel Greene changed my life????

VANESSA said...

michael jackson! is it weird that i kinda miss him???? yes, yes it is. i know.

aaannnd we would eat.... ummmmm, blueberry pancakes! ((don't know why) guess i'm just hungry.

xo, vanessa

Gayla said...

I have a copy of the auction catalog from Christie's when they auctioned off all of her things...

We can dust it off the next time you are home.

Gayla said...

Oops...also have this one

The Complete Last Sitting

Megan | Freckled Italian said...

I just want to have dinner with Regina Spektor. I don't understand why this hasn't happened to me yet.

MaryClarke said...

This was so interesting! Great post :)

Meg O. said...

What a great post!!

I have no idea who I would choose. William Shakespeare? Hopefully he would speak in laymen's terms.

Also-- do you watch SMASH? If you love Marilyn, you would ADORE this show!! I am soooo hooked on it!!

Beatrice Balaj said...

She was such a beautiful lady.
Wish we had many more like her :)


Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

She was such a fox. Something about her is really magical. I'd choose Lauren Conrad because I kind of feel like we could be besties.


Lela London said...

Marilyn is ANYTHING but snoozeville! Love this post :)

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Laura J said...

Oh my gosh I have no idea. I used to ALWAYS say Amelia Earnhardt because I seriously needed to know how she died. Now, I'd have to go with Martha Stewart. I got to see her speak earlier this year and she was actually funny. Like I-don't-know-what-the-balls-some-of-these-slides-are, and talking about a party she threw in her magazine that actually went horribly wrong and someone caught on fire. I mean, she was funny. And shes crazy successful, so hopefully she would like me and give me a job. Or at least tell me some stock secrets.

Mallory said...

Oh I LOVE her...Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is one of my favorite movies :)


Miss Rabbitt said...

I found this article about her measurements and size. I HATE it when people refer to her as a "size 12." If you've ever tried on vintage clothing a size 12 from the 50's is probably a 2 or 4 today. This article said based on her dresses that were preserved she was 5'5" and about 118-120 pounds with a TINY waist.

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