By Eloise Heath

2nd January 2019

“A wise girl knows her limits, a smart girl knows that she has none.” 

Marilyn Monroe, 1956, being an absolute boss icon.

Monroe is the kind of pop culture figure you are guaranteed to recognise. Tribes in the deepest darkest recesses of the rainforest, otherwise untouched by the rest of human society, will probably feel some flicker of recognition if you show them the photo of Marilyn from ‘The Seven Year Itch’…

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Maybe this is a tiny exaggeration, but you’d be hard pressed to think of a figure more instantly recognisable. No one ever went as Marilyn to a fancy dress party and was met by blank faces of confusion, that’s for sure. (Unless the party wasn’t actually fancy dress in the end, then the sparkly ballgown, wig and breathy voice might elicit many confused faces).

Whilst people generally remember Monroe for her trademark girlish voice, incredible fashion, and dazzling charisma – her life (and death) hold a great deal of dark secrets…

1. Her death was ruled a “probable suicide”

It was a death that rocked the nation- few could believe that a figure so charismatic and effervescent could be lost in such a tragic way. She was killed by an overdose of barbiturates on a Sunday morning, in the August of 1952.

 

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