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One night I was talking to Dave Leigh & others in Artifiction. The topic of a top 10 "hottie" list came up, and we discussed who would be on our lists. I had a good idea of who would probably make my list, but had never actually typed one up. As I sat down to make a rough draft, names kept popping into my head, and I quickly ran out of places on my list. After I narrowed it down to 10, I decided that I might as well post the others I listed. Every now & then I'll add a few more to the list. I don't really expect anyone to keep up with this or to make this a regular project. Posting only 10 seems too...incomplete...and it would bug me to have it unfinished.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

#8 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe should be on EVERYONE'S top 10 list. Honestly I'm shocked she didn't end up higher on my own list. Regardless of how high she is (lol) it was unavoidable that the lispy platinum blonde bombshell would be on the list. She isn't a pencil thin model of today's standards, she has curves & wiggle in every place a woman should. She created dozens of images that are considered icons.

Watch It:
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Let's Make Love (1960)
Something's Got To Give (1962) - incomplete

More Info: (Source)
- Born Norma Jeane Mortenson.
- Started using the name Marilyn Monroe in 1946, but did not legally change it until 1956.
- Her father abandoned the family when she was born.
- Her mother was nuts & committed to a mental institution so she spent a lot of time in foster homes & orphanages.
- To avoid going back to an orphanage, at 16 she entered into what was basically an arranged marriage with James Dougherty who she called "Daddy".
- Later she married Joe Dimaggio & Arthur Miller.
- The famous nude photo of her by Tom Kelley originally appeared as anonymous on a calendar entitled "Miss Golden Dreams" in 1949. (She posed nude because she needed $50 to get her car out of hock.) In 1952, a blackmailer threatened to identify the model as Marilyn, but she shrewdly thwarted the scheme by announcing the fact herself. Hugh M. Hefner then bought the rights to use the photo for $500. She became "The Sweetheart Of The Month" in the first issue of Hefner's magazine, Playboy. Neither Kelley or Monroe ever saw a dime of the millions the calendar made for its publisher.
- Hugh M. Hefner owns the burial vault next to hers.
- Didn't finish high school.
- Studied acting at the Actors' lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown.
- Measurements: 37C-24-35.
- Suffered from endometriosis.
- Suffered two miscarriages.
- When she wasn't working she preferred wearing nothing but a bathrobe.
- Underwent psychoanalysis to learn more about herself.
- Her career suffered from her habit of being late to the set, illnesses, drugs & being uncooperative with co-workers.
- Was suspended by Fox for not reporting for the production of The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing (1955).
- Was suspended by Fox for not reporting for work on How To Be Very, Very Popular (1955).
- Was originally set to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961), but Audrey Hepburn played the role instead.
- She was dropped from the unfinished Something's Got To Give (1962) due to chronic lateness and drug dependency.
- Marilyn made what was to be her final film. The Misfits (1961), which also proved to be the final film for the legendary Clark Gable, who died later that year of a heart attack.
- Finally fell victim to the alcohol & drugs that haunted her for years at the young age of 36 in 1962. It was ruled a "probable suicide".
- Time Magazine" reported in 1973 that Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi, the doctor who performed Monroe's autopsy, said that contrary to rumors, Monroe's stomach was never pumped after her death. The level of Nembutal in her bloodstream was 4.5 milligrams per 100, which is the equivalent of 40 or 50 capsules indicating suicide.
- 75% of her estate went to her acting coach Lee Strasberg, and the other 25% went to her psychoanalyst.
- Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine in 1999.
- Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine in 1999.
- Was named #6 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
- The first stamp released in the USPS's Legends of Hollywood series, issued on Friday, June 1st, 1995.
- Elton John & Bernie Taupin wrote a tribute to her entitled "Candle In The Wind". In 1997 it was re-recorded with updated lyrics in memory of Princess Diana.
- In 1972, actress Veronica Hamel and her husband became the new owners of Marilyn's Brentwood home. They hired a contractor to replace the roof and remodel the house, and the contractor discovered a sophisticated eavesdropping and telephone tapping system that covered every room in the house. The components were not commercially available in 1962, but were in the words of a retired Justice Department official, "standard FBI issue." This discovery lent further support to claims of conspiracy theorists that Marilyn had been under surveillance by the Kennedy's and the Mafia. The new owners spent $100,000 to remove the bugging devices from the house.

Anyone Can See I Love You
From Ladies Of The Chorus (1948).

Every Baby Needs A Da Da Daddy
The 2nd number she sang in Ladies Of The Chorus (1948).

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
When told she was not the star of the film (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ), Marilyn Monroe was quoted: "Well whatever I am, I'm still the blonde."

Happy Birthday Mr. President
This perfomance took place 10 days before John F. Kennedy's birthday at Madison Square Garden. The dress she wore was so tight that it had to be sewn onto her. It later sold for $1,267,500.00.

After You Get What You Want
My favorite Marilyn Monroe film is "There's No Business Like Show Business", so the last 2 numbers will be from that film.

"Marilyn actually accidentally pokes her finger in a dancer's eye, something you can see on the DVD on slow motion. The dancer is seen trying to hide behind the tree with his hand over his eye, but is enough of a trouper to continue with the number. Right after Marilyn pokes the dancer in the eye she performs a twirl, pokes her head between the branches of the fake tree and gives the dancer a kiss as an apology (it's quick but definitely a peck on the cheek to make up for the eye poke)." - IMDB

Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die, young, but then you'd never complete your life, would you? You'd never wholly know yourself...

[on stardom] It scares me. All those people I don't know, sometimes they're so emotional. I mean, if they love you that much without knowing you, they can also hate you the same way.

I've never liked the name Marilyn. I've often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it's too late to do anything about it now.

Speaking of Oscars, I would win overwhelmingly if the Academy gave an Oscar for faking orgasms. I have done some of my best acting convincing my partners I was in the throes of ecstasy.

If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

[On Peter Lawford] I felt very uneasy at different times with him, the real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual...Peter wants to be a woman and would like to be me, I think.
Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

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