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05 August 2005

A Candle Blown Out...


oday we remember the death of the most endlessly talked-about and mythologized figure in Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe. She remains the ultimate superstar, her rise and fall the stuff that both dreams and nightmares are made of. Innocent, vulnerable, and impossibly alluring, she defined the very essence of screen sexuality.

If she had lived she would be about hitting 80 years old. That is what prompted me to write this entry. What would she look like today at 80? Some people have said as far as looks go, she was better off dying when she did. A good example I guess is Lauren Bacall... now there was a beauty when she was married to Humphrey Bogart. Lauren is now 81 years old.

I wonder if Elton John would have written Candle in the Wind if Marilyn had died yesterday at 80 or would he have written it with Princess Diana in mind? He may have not even thought about it when Di died... since it was Marilyn who inspired the song to be written. Funny how things work out sometimes and fall into place and perhaps wouldn't have fell into place if certain other things hadn't taken place.

Your candle burned out long before... Your legend ever did.

Observations and Questions
So do you think Marilyn would have attained the stature her memory does now if she had lived? Can you think of anyone else in this position, who died young and remains a super-star?

Birth Announcements and Death Notices

In 1930 Neil Armstrong, Ohio, X-15 pilot, 1st Moonwalker (Gemini 8, Apollo 11) and in our Death Notices department we have none other than Marilyn Monroe found dead in 1962 of apparent self-inflicted drug overdose. Or if you're into conspiracies... murdered.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Still time :) Come on, you know you wanna send in your picture.

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