Eh, okay. Technically Norma Jeane Mortenson was the one who came into the world, but that’s not quite as hook-y an intro.
Whatever. It’s Marilyn Monroe’s 84th birthday!
Love her or hate her, she made the most of her 36 years. After enduring a rocky childhood, undergoing a supposed nose and chin job, and embracing a bottle of peroxide, the transformation from Norma Jeane to Marilyn Monroe was complete, and the world has not been the same since.
Add to it the fact that she couldn’t take a bad picture, and celluloid (now in its many forms: film, print, Internet) has not only kept her relevant but inspired others as well. Elton John’s song, Andy Warhol’s work, Hugh Hefner’s career, Scarlet Johanson’s hair,
Megan Fox’s tattoo . . . her influence has endured the decades when her predecessors’ and contemporaries’ has faded from view.
That’s quite an accomplishment . . . for anyone.
Happy Birthday, Marilyn.