Marilyn Monroe was murdered 54 years ago, August 5, 1962.
Perhaps the greatest American Icon of all time, Marilyn Monroe was
's sweetheart, poster girl, cheerleader, pin up queen, singer, movie star, the object of lust, devotion, miles of newspaper and magazine print and the most imitated person of all time. America
But that does not even begin to describe this blonde bombshell who dominates the world even today, five decades after her death. You see, one of these days some smart prosecutor will reopen the Marilyn Monroe death case and the truth will finally come out and don't be surprised to hear the mafia, politicians, the Hollywood Rat Pack, President Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy and who knows who else dominating the news.
Yet this time it will be different. Before her enemies, those who killed her, controlled the media and film industry and made certain only their side of the story was heard. Thanks to the Internet and Marilyn's astounding popularity with Baby Boomers and their kids (the Millennia generation) when her tragic death is relived there will be overwhelming interest on the worldwide social media through the Internet.
, Madison Avenue nor politicians control the Internet this time and they sure as Hell don't control the Baby Boomers and their heirs. You see, Marilyn is alive and well in the minds of the youth and Baby Boomers of the world who grew up with her or adopted her as the role model for modern women and girls. Hollywood
Don't believe me, just look at the hundreds and thousands of Marilyn products flooding the market. Most of the world was not aware that Marilyn and her image and persona have been the subject of bitter court fights that lasted until a Federal Appeals Court finally settled the issue in 2012 by stating what Marilyn stated in life, she belonged to no one but the public she tried so hard to please.
It took 50 years for the federal courts to rule on her "image and persona," and now her story can finally be told.
Still, she has always remained with us because of her unique American story. A mother who was sent to a mental health institution while her daughter was sent to foster homes and an orphanage. She never knew who was her father. She created an alter ego to help her through the loneliness.
Her alter ego would one day become a star and Marilyn spent her entire life preparing for the moment. She created the most rigid workout program and diet in existence while a teenager to prepare her physically. But through it all shone the innocence of Norma Jean who loved children, loved animals and loved to make people happy.
In time she went to work in a defense plant during World War II and was accidently discovered by a photographer working on the assembly lines. He was trying to generate interest in the war effort by finding a poster girl and did he ever succeed. Marilyn has been
America's poster girl through World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and during the last 50 year and no one has knocked her off her pedestal. Afghanistan
Look at the continuing interest in Marilyn. Her last dress sold at auction two years ago for $5.54 million breaking the previous record from 1999 of $1.26 million paid for another Marilyn dress which was more than four times higher than the previous record. Marilyn doesn't just break records, she smashes them into oblivion.
After her discovery as a pin up model she quickly established herself in the movies and every major male star at the time wanted to be paired with her including Robert Mitchum, Clark Gable, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon to mention just a few.
From being a homeless orphan to world famous movie starlet Marilyn was the perfect American success story. But waiting for
America's Sweetheart were the predators of and the strange combination of mafia and politicians who coveted her. She married America's favorite Yankees baseball hero but immediately realized their careers made marriage impossible yet Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn remained best friends and were planning to remarry just a couple of weeks after her death. Hollywood
Two people in life befriended her, Joe DiMaggio and Milton Greene, her favorite photographer and business partner as she became the first woman in
Hollywood to own her own movie production company with . Milton
Can you believe someone should become so dominate in the world enduring for over 50 years and the best hasn't even been told yet? And can you believe Marilyn was just 36 years old when she was killed?
Bigger in death than life? Hardly? She had only just begun in life. Now it is time we heard her story rather than versions of all those whose agenda was not protecting Marilyn but those who made her a victim. Justice has yet to be dispensed. Then Norma Jean can finally rest.