Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: How to Marry a Millionaire

Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable scheme together to marry wealthy, attractive men in the 1953 film How to Marry a Millionaire, directed by Jean Negulesco and also starring William Powell and Rory Calhoun. The film was based on two plays and was one of the first movies to be made in Cinemascope.

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Marilyn Monroe’s “Vibrations”

I read Marilyn Monroe’s autobiography My Story after finishing Fragments, the latest collection of her letters, notes, and poems released for the rabid consumption of Monroe fans.

As I finished the last page, I realized I have no idea what to think about the book. Everyone has their understanding of who Marilyn was based on her persona, her relationships, and her characters in films. Some believe she was secretly an intellectual, others think she was merely an attractive blonde who was used and abused by a variety of different (mostly famous) men, while still others admire her self-transformation from Norma Jean to the iconic platinum blonde sex symbol.

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