June 2012 Issue
I couldn't resist it when I saw MM (aka Marilyn Monroe) on the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair Magazine. And after reading the article I can happily announce that the magazine was defiantly worth every penny!
The article covers the outtakes from her last on-set photo shoot while filming Somethings Got to Give. I cannot believe it will be 50 years (August 5th) that she has been gone. She would have been 86 years old and I am sure still a looker in a own right.
My only disappointment in the article was that there didn't seem to be any photos I haven't seen before and well they basically advertised it as "never before seen photos of Marilyn Monroe". Unfortunately, I am sure it was a ploy to get people's attention and buy the magazine. But lucky for them the writing was fantastic and the story was utterly captivating. It was written by Lawrence Schiller and included his own photos that he took of her on the set.
What blew me away was the very last paragraphs and his understanding of what he thinks happened to Marilyn which I found refreshing that someone put it out there finally!!!!
According to Schiller who has recently put together a beautiful book of his work with Marilyn called, Marilyn & Me: A Photographer's Memories, she wanted to be known to be more than a beautiful naked body and she wanted to be able to compete with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor. She seemed to want more for herself and more from her life although she also seemed to sleep with dangerous men. Frank Sinatra, JFK, and RFK to name a few during the last months of her life. All the while she was rekindling her relationship with her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio.
I know that humans find death both terrifying and fascinating especially when its a beautiful person, young person, or a tragic form of dying occurs. But I have to be honest with you-I wish the media would stop focusing on her "mysterious" death and focus more on the beautiful things she left behind.