Marilyn Monroe continues to burn bright………50 years after death

Its fifty years since Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean) died (August 5, 1962) but her face is still one of the most recognizable in the world. Her pictures continue to adorn magazines across the world,   every little detail uncovered about her life makes big news till this day   and movies continue to be made about her life.

I am as fascinated by MM as millions of others are and have read about her and watched movies about her life. I see her as a victim of circumstance, forced to live up to the media created image of a sex symbol, which eventually led to her destruction.

Elton John summed up her life perfectly in a tribute to MM in his song Candle in the Wind:  It’s a good day to listen to the song and remember an iconic woman.

 

“Goodbye Norma Jean 

Though I never knew you at all 
You had the grace to hold yourself
 
While those around you crawled
 
They crawled out of the woodwork
 
And they whispered into your brain
 
They set you on the treadmill
 
And they made you change your name
 “

“And it seems to me you lived your life 
Like a candle in the wind
 
Never knowing who to cling to
 
When the rain set in
 
And I would have liked to have known you
 
But I was just a kid
 
Your candle burned out long before
 
Your legend ever did
 “

“Loneliness was tough 

The toughest role you ever played 

Hollywood created a superstar 
And pain was the price you paid
 
Even when you died
 
Oh the press still hounded you
 
All the papers had to say
 
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude
 “

“And it seems to me you lived your life 

Like a candle in the wind 
Never knowing who to cling to
 
When the rain set in
 
And I would have liked to have known you
 
But I was just a kid
 
Your candle burned out long before
 
Your legend ever did
 “

“Goodbye Norma Jean 
Though I never knew you at all
 
You had the grace to hold yourself
 
While those around you crawled
 “

“Goodbye Norma Jean 
From the young man in the 22nd row
 
Who sees you as something more than sexual
 
More than just our Marilyn Monroe
 “

And it seems to me you lived your life 
Like a candle in the wind…………………..
 “

Marilyn with her second husband American Playwright Arthur Miller
With her third husband legendary US baseball player Joseph “Joe” DiMaggio
The other famous man in Marilyn’s life John F Kennedy
Rare picture of JFK & MM
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