Marilyn with her Golden Globe Award

Marilyn with her Golden Globe Award

Please read the following article written by Jeffrey Bento-Carrier:
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She was Hollywood’s biggest light for nearly 20 years, but her brightness dimmed, and eventually faded away, much too soon.

It’s been 47 years since Marilyn Monroe, arguably the most recognizable big screen star from the silver era of the movies, passed away under suspicious circumstances for the entire world to mourn.

Monroe was a person who had something filmgoers call ‘it.”

A person who has “it” on celluloid doesn’t know how it happened, but the public always knows what this intangible means.

In Marilyn’s case, it was being sexy without being sleazy, glamorous without being stuck-up, and talented without being conceited.

The ever-sarcastic Groucho Marx, who noticed Marilyn’s appeal many years before she hit it big, was one of the first people in the know who “got” Monroe’s style-over- substance plan. The famed comedian once said she was the type of actor who you couldn’t take your eyes off walking to, or away, from you.

Monroe received numerous awards during her short career, including a Golden Globe for Billy Wilder’s classic Some Like It Hot, but Oscar always snubbed the platinum one.

Maybe it was because she had too much sex appeal, or because of the Actors Studio-style of multiple takes she brought forth in her later work, which alienated her from those who cast the winners’ ballots.

Either way, those who were then in control of the Golden Boy always found an excuse to not make Marilyn a part of the big show.

Although we may never see it, because of politics seen and unseen amongst Academy voters, I think it’s time for the art and sciences guild to honour Ms. Monroe with a lifetime achievement award, or a posthumous Oscar.

In the five decades since she perfected the romantic comedy lead category, few thespians have matched her box office boffo, her amazing screen presence, and her natural style of body movement and diction.

She paid her dues in small parts at the start of her career just like Glenda Jackson, Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, and Meryl Streep did, yet Monroe is not taking seriously when her name is brought up with the above-mentioned Oscar winners as one some of the best comediennes of all-time.

People have always looked at the outside when they judged Marilyn, which I think did her a disservice.

Just because, as we say in the North Shore, she was “built” doesn’t mean she wasn’t the best at what she was.

In classics like Bus Stop, The Misfits, Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve, Some Like It Hot, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she owns ever scene she’s in, because you’re fascinated with how someone with skin like alabaster can hold a moment in time without overwhelming the ones around her with her star power.

In our lives, there was only one Marilyn. To go by another year without her finally being inducted into the Academy’s unofficial hall of fame roll call is a disgrace to her memory and those who knew Norma Jean, the person, better than Ms. Monroe.

The Academy shouldn’t wait until 2012, on the 50th anniversary of her passing, for some backward tribute.

They should get on the ball right now, towards the 2010 award, to finally let her legacy enter the bastion of greatness we all agree she should, finally, be a part of.


Jeffrey Bento-Carrier is sports editor of the Bugle-Observer newspaper in Woodstock and a longtime movie buff.


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  1. marina72 Says:

    I agree completely! Ignoring Marilyn is like dismissing Chaplin or Garbo, her contribution was vital.

  2. Joshua greene Says:

    Why not she deserves an oscar for her work on the screen but now we also see the impact she has had on the industry. She was the first in licensing in the 70’s. She really opened up the collectable market and the still breaks records when her belogings go to auction. Lastley all photographs of her have a strong market 46 years after her passing.

  3. marina72 Says:

    I think we should all try and make this happen for Marilyn, she deserves it more than most. I’ve reposted it on my blog and will try and think of other ways to promote this – all suggestions welcome!

  4. Marilyn K Says:

    i totally agree…she was a great actress and lady. marilynmonroesource I will sign the petition if you do it 🙂

  5. Jeffrey Bento-Carrier Says:

    Thanks for posting the item on this site…

    Fair is fair…The reason I wrote this column was in hopes of finding some type of closure for those who loved her so much…

  6. V.E.G. Says:

    Sometime after the passing of Marilyn Monroe, the media paid little attention to the passing of the brilliant author, Hermann Hesse, the Nobel Prize winner and from Germany.

  7. ANDRZEJ Says:

    There should be no question whether Monroe should or should not get an Oscar – just one of many of her best moments in her “The Prince and the Showgirl” deserves this. She is most beautiful, and can’t people see how much she gives us and how much she enjoys herself. No one can match her. And there are other films, her “Bus Stop”, her “Some Like It Hot”, her LORELEI LEE.
    And as a woman: one of the best known and loved in the history of mankind. If not just number ONE. She is everywhere. Perhaps being beautiful and blonde made her omnipresent, but beauty and blondness are nothing compared to what charm she exudes. One second of her smile or grimace is enough. Give her an Oscar in 2012. Can you imagine any other actor/actress so famous in death? Laurence Olivier was a very great actor, but when you ask about him young people, no one knows him and they don’t care. Even Liz Taylor or Sophia Loren, who are still alive, can be mixed with the prime minister of Botswuana or India. There is only one: MARILYN MONROE and there is a very long way until the next person comes, but who is it. SHE MUST BE HONOURED WITH SOMETHING SUBSTANTIAL, ACTUALLY IF SHE GETS AN OSCAR, IT IS NOT SHE WHO WILL BE HONOURED BY THE AWARD ITSELF BY BEING GIVEN TO HER!!! Andrzej

  8. Jeffrey Bento-Carrier Says:

    We in the media are still waiting

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