Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Final Line Project: Marilyn Monroe

June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962

Select Filmography:

The Asphalt Jungle
All About Eve
Clash By Night
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
How to Mary a Millionaire
The Seven Year Itch
Bus Stop
Some Like it Hot
The Misfits

Random Fact: Her signature platinum blonde hair wasn't easy to come by. No, in fact Marilyn tried on a whopping 9 different shades of blonde before ultimately settling on the now infamous look.

Final Film Performance: The Misfits - Roslyn Taber, 1961


"How do you find your way back in the dark?"

(submitted by: Andy of Fandango Groovers)

Reflections: With over 600 books written about her life, Marilyn Monroe is one of the most documented women in the history of cinema. Add to that the dark underlying struggles of her life, and you get a final quote well worth remembering. An individual so torn in depression, you on some level wish it was a question asked in real life. Something someone could answer, and help her with. The short decade she was huge in cinema is a highlight for many. Her presence near unmatched, and her charm infinite. Truly one of the great stars of the silver screen.


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5 better thoughts:

Darren said...

I did not know that about her hair.

She lived quite the life, though - how many actresses can claim to being the mistress of a President?

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I was never too fond of Marilyn, although she did spurn some hilarious quotes. I don't know who coined it but, "She plays dumb like a midget plays short" is a favourite. Still, she oozes charisma and seemed like a nice woman.

Will said...

Nice final line. I like how you tied it into her real life a bit. I've never seen the movie. I wonder, is the line delivered up or down beat? I first read it as a forlorn sort of longing line, but now I'm re-reading it literally, like she lost her flashlight or something.

Simon said...

How appropriate.

I forget, does Orson Welles last role (in the animated Transformers) count?

Univarn said...

@Darren Well we all know Roosevelt was a big pimp so you gotta be careful :P

@Andrew I like her presence far more than I do her films.

@Will It's a bit of both, literal in the film, and figurative to the story if I recall correctly (it's been ages since I've watched it).

@Simon I think technically counts as his final film (according to IMDB). But if you have a performer whose final film is in an animated film, and it was released to theaters, it does count.

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