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June 04, 2009

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My favorite scene of Marilyn Monroe singing is in Bus Stop, when she sings "That Old Black Magic" just slightly off key. It's masterful performance in a terrific movie. I love the way Bo Decker sees her and says, "There's my angel!" Then he shushes the rowdy crowd and orders her to keep seeing which she does. She shows just the right combination of embarrassment and delight and gains confidence as she finishes the song.

Oh, I love her. "I don't care about money, I just want to be wonderful." She was Sartre's favorite movie star. Thanks for this consideration, David.

Have you noticed that her Monroe-ness is ref'd in three of her own movies? In "The Seven Year Itch" Tom Ewell says to Mr. Krahulik (with Marilyn hiding in the kitchen), "Yeah, I got a girl in the kitchen. I got Marilyn Monroe in the kitchen!" In "How To Marry a Millionaire" a dress is described: "Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but ... " And in "The Misfits," Marilyn slams shut a closet door upon which her own celeb-type photos are taped up.

Andy Warhol said that had she lived she might've hosted her own comedy-variety show. Had he lived, he might've been a guest. Imagine that -- the blondenesses!

-- Sharon

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