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  1. Mar 2018
    1. But what isn’t acknowledged is her life of drug abuse, submission and unfaithfulness. She was described by people she worked with as “shallow,” “ditzy” and “stupid.” She died of an alleged drug overdose at the age of 36. She reportedly had affairs with famous married men. In a world with strong, intelligent women leaders, Monroe should not be deemed a suitable role model.

      I disagree. Just because someone has a mental health issue, does not and should not prohibit them from being a role model.

    1. After her third divorce, Monroe entered a hospital for psychiatric care. Always fearful that she would lose her sanity, Monroe suffered with recurrent bouts of depression throughout her career. She was generally unsure of herself and her place in the demanding world of Hollywood. Alcohol or barbiturates became crutches to bolster her confidence. When she was unable to sleep, she took sleeping pills, making her habitually late on the set. Although Monroe was seeing a psychiatrist regularly, her depression increased along with her anxiety. She was also troubled by rumors of her affairs with prominent men, including President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert.

      Maybe I could talk about Marilyn suffering from these terrible issues and how that influenced the public to be on the look out for mental illness and make it less of a taboo.

  2. Feb 2018
    1. Striking a pose in glamorous sequins with Jane Russell during Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

      There's an interview on youtube with Jane Russel talking about working with Marilyn and I found it very interesting. This picture just reminded me of it.

    1. “She had a huge impact on women's fashion,” said Ashley Bellet, professor of costume design at Oklahoma City University. “She really kind of made it OK to be sexually attractive. I think that, especially in costume design, we use some of those elements that are very specific to Marilyn, to heighten a character's sexual attraction.”

      Here, this person is saying Marilyn changed and greatly influenced the fashion industry by embracing her curvy figure. I agree to this but only to a certain point. Marilyn really wasn't that curvy- well maybe compared to the 1950's stick figure housewife, maybe- but not today.

    1. Lighten Up

      There's even websites and articles that are up today about how Marilyn taught us "the classic" beauty standards.

    1. “my popularity seems almost entirely a masculine phenomenon.”

      Marilyn admitted that the foundation of her popularity was from the values of men and how they saw her.

    2. Marilyn was objectified, depersonalized and ridiculed. Few women stood up for her, it was too personally threatening.

      This is true. If the other women in the industry wanted to stand up for their rights they feared being moved down a position or even fired from set. They couldn't do anything without jeopardizing their own jobs.

    3. Marilyn Monroe personifies many conflict-ridden parts for women, particularly women of her generation. She was too frail, too funny, too sexual, too much of everything, and it was reflected on the big screen. Marilyn was too much of a reminder of just how much of female sexuality and identity was reliant on men and on male sexuality

      For that time period this sentence applies well.

    1. The dress eventually went under the hammer for $1.2 million.

      I wonder if Marilyn were alive today what she'd think of this- if it were preposterous or great.

    1. Gladys's family had a history of mental instability

      I am going to expand on this in my research paper. I am going to elaborate on how this and abuse from the industry's meanest men lead to Marilyn's death.

    1. Actress Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926

      I'm going to use this and focus on humanize-ing the aspired bombshell.

    1. Performing on stage doesn't always mean that you need to be vocal and heard. Conveying a message to the audience and communicating with them without actually talking is something which was worth learning during the course of this workshop.

      I learned the significance of this while playing Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank. She didn't have many lines, yet I understood what she went through, along with the rest of her family, in that attic.

    2. Participating in theater classes can stimulate student's creativity and thought process.

      I like this thought and would like to expand on it in my paper with research that backs it up.

    3. you can always achieve whatever you want if your are determined and focused about it.

      This is a major, important, lesson I learned from taking theater. You must learn it yourself through the many obstacles life throws your way. Easier said than done.