Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe’s idol, was Hollywood’s original blonde bombshell before tragic demise: book excerpt.
In the early 1940s Marilyn Monroe, then a 19-year-old Hollywood actress, moved into the townhouse of the celebrated and vengeful film director Vincente Minnelli. She had just completed her first film, the black-and-white thriller The Glass Key, in which she played an orphan. The movie had a box-office hit and quickly became a hit in European markets as well. Monroe was thrilled about the role and the chance to meet another movie star.
After the filming of The Glass Key, Monroe continued to make movies, mostly in black-and-white. She did not have a hit out of her first three films, but she did get critical awards and a lot of press. Monroe’s career advanced. More movies followed, and her career became more respectable. Monroe even developed a close relationship with Vincente Minnelli. With his encouragement, she began to sing.
Marilyn Monroe’s career stalled after this point. She took on more dramatic roles for television, then did a bit part on a movie version of the Broadway musical Babes in Arms, though she was not cast. In 1958 she met her future husband, actor Arthur Miller. From there their relationship continued into marriage. They had a son named Tony and a girl named June. They moved to Los Angeles in 1960, and Arthur was the first film director to make a film entirely in color. As is now well known, the film was To Kill a Mockingbird.
Marilyn Monroe in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1959, Warner Brothers)
Marilyn Monroe was one of America’s most popular and important celebrities during the 1950s and 1960s. Though it is still a great tragedy, her tragic short biography in the 1960 film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is the only Hollywood film biography to describe a life and career with such pathos. She is remembered for her beauty, acting talent, and acting style. Monroe’s