Marilyn Monroe: 60 years without the most iconic actress in cinema

Marilyn Monroe.

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Actress, sex symbol and pop icon, Marilyn Monroe disappeared six decades ago but her myth survives intact. A new film about his life, the controversy of Kim Kardashian’s dress or the auction record of a work by Warhol prove that ‘the blonde temptation’ remains the most iconic actress in cinema.

This Thursday, August 4, six decades have passed since the death of the actress at the age of 36, whose captivating charm and photogenicity hid a life plagued by heartbreak, abuse and addictions, which tragically ended in an overdose.

For posterity remain her roles in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (“Some Like It Hot”), her flying skirt in “The Seven Year Itch” and her ode to diamonds in “How hunt a millionaire” (“How To Marry A Millionaire”).

Little remains to be told of his life, but everything related to Marilyn Monroe has assured attention.

In coming weeks the star will be resurrected on the big screen thanks to Ana de Armas and director Andrew Dominik. “Blonde”a feature film recorded in black and white, will arrive at the Venice Film Festival surrounded by expectation.

The biopic, produced by Netflix and Brad Pitt, is based on the book of the same name published in 2021 by Joyce Carol Oates, which plunges into the chiaroscuro of the personal life of the actress.

Few facets remain to be revealed of his life and tragic death, but the film is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated of the year.

It is not the only example. In recent years the image of the actress has continued to star in advertising campaigns and the auctions of her belongings have guaranteed attention -whether it’s your Golden Globe or your prayer book-. Any item related to Marilyn Monroe has an assured headline.

A few months ago, Kim Kardashian took much of the prominence of the media MET Gala after appearing in one of the actress’s most famous dresses, the one she wore to interpret the famous “Happy Birthday” that she dedicated to President John Fitzgerald Keneddy.

To slip into the dress, made of flesh-colored chiffon and sequins, Kardashian declared that she had gone on a diet to lose 16 pounds and “fit” in it. The media attention soon degenerated into controversy over the state of the dress after use, which suffered numerous damages to the back.

Another proof of the topicality of the myth of the actress was the recent auction of “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” (“Shot of Marilyn in sage blue”), a Warhol series inspired by the image of the star.

It fetched $195 million (about €180 million) at auction in May, making it the most expensive work of the 20th century. The piece is inspired by the “Niagara” poster and was made by the artist two years after Marilyn’s death.

Taschen has also taken advantage of the anniversary to republish the book “Last Sitting”, the last photo session of the actress, signed by Bert Stern, a few weeks before her death, for Vogue magazine.

Despite the unhappiness of her last days, the images show the portrait of an enigmatic and complex woman, photogenic until the end of her days, who built a character in which it is difficult to distinguish reality from fiction.

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