Leaving even the smallest mark on Hollywood is an elusive achievement that makes winning the lottery seem easy by comparison. That’s what makes the lasting impact of the iconic Marilyn Monroe so magical. It’s hard to believe that August 5 will mark the 50th anniversary of the legendary screen goddess’ death.
The troubled starlet who always seemed to be searching for approval and acceptance might be comforted to know of the impact she has had on Hollywood. Celebs like Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron have recently appeared in fashion that pays homage to the icon. In a surprising fact, the “Bus Stop” actress has over 3 million fans on Facebook and seven out of 10 of them are under the age of 24.
Perhaps what is most surprising is that despite Marilyn being known for her electrifying screen presence in films like “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Some Like it Hot” and “The Seven Year Itch,” most young women who idolize her haven’t even seen her movies. Her mere iconic status has made a social and style impact that has far surpassed the roots of her celebrity. Whether it’s her voluptuous curves or childlike innocence, Marilyn is as engraved into our society as historical figures and political greats. Michelle Williams, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of the star in “My Week with Marilyn,” said it best: “In some ways I feel like I never have to let go of her, and I don’t want to. I feel like I would be abandoning her.”
It’s that sense of wanting to protect Marilyn and never wanting to abandon her that seems to be universal to all who love her. No doubt the girl once known as Norma Jean Baker is resting well knowing she will never be forgotten.