A Few Of Her Favorite Things: Marilyn Monroe
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Happy Birthday to the One and Only Marilyn Monroe!
Usually I post on Mondays, but it's June 1, and in 1926 the most iconic bombshell to ever live was born, so I thought I would switch things up a bit!
Do you share some favorite things with the inimitable Marilyn Monroe?
She was a truly a mysterious woman, and one who has enchanted generations of cinephiles. Behind her alluring image, Marilyn Monroe seemed to be a kind, gentle woman (don’t miss the story of her encounter with a gas station attendant), not to mention incredibly intelligent (the books Marilyn Monroe kept on her library shelf might shock you!).
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Monroe
So turn on some Louis Armstrong (one of her favorite singers) and pour the bubbly as we celebrate some of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite things, along with some incredible (and at times, even eerie) stories.
Marilyn Monroe’s Favorite Food: Italian
She spent much of her time at some of the iconic Italian restaurants of the era.
I stumbled upon this carbon copy of a receipt in which Marilyn requested 12 splits (quarter the size of a regular bottle) of Piper Heidsieck Champagne to be delivered to Marilyn Monroe at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Bungalow 21. The receipt itself sold for over 1k, by the way.
An Emilio Pucci bag, another one of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite brands.
MARILYN MONROE IN “Don't Bother to Knock”
The performance of themselves celebs like most is very telling. In this case, the role is dramatic, and has a lot of depth... it's almost Hitchcock-level suspense. I love this film. and t is available for free on Netflix if you have it.
Marilyn Monroe was reportedly fascinated by the chocolate souffle served at this swanky Beverly Hills restaurant (I will definitely be trying that recipe out soon, so stay tuned!), Now defunct, the glittering restaurant was once a haven for Hollywood stars of yesteryear. Pictured here is a party celebrating The Seven Year Itch that was hosted there.
Marilyn Monroe a la Jean Harlow
Marilyn modeled her image after Jean Harlow, her idol.
Again, I thought this might be just a PR stunt by a studio that wanted to present their goddess as somewhat human... until I found out that among her effects sold at a Christie’s sale were cookbooks she'd lovingly written her notes in.
Marilyn Monroe’S Favorite Flower: Roses
Marilyn Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio was well aware of Marilyn's love of roses... so much so, that he staged a rather elaborate token of love that literally continued to her grave, sorta like a P.S. I Love You plot line in reverse. He made sure that twice a week a dozen long-stemmed roses were delivered to her grave at Westwood Memorial Park.
The Singer That Got Marilyn Monroe Through the Worst Days: Judy Garland
It is said that Judy's version of "Who Cares?" was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite song, and that she often played it at high volume.
Here is a snippet of the lyrics:
Who cares if the sky cares
To fall in the sea?
Who cares what banks fail in Yonkers
Long as you've got a kiss that conquers?
Curious to know the favorite things of some of your other favorite actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood? From Audrey Hepburn’s favorite food, to Grace Kelly’s favorite poem, or Marilyn Monroe’s iconic red lipstick, I’ve done the work for you and gathered it all in one place. So what are you waiting for? Channel a bit of Hollywood starlight for your next party or maybe just for your next night out on the town.
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