People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here's the Truth
People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here’s the Truth

People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here’s the Truth

Larry Holzwarth - October 20, 2022

People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here’s the Truth
With French actor Yves Montand in 1960. Wikimedia

Marilyn and Yves Montand

During the filming of Let’s Make Love, Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand, the film’s stars, had a public affair which drew the attention of gossip columnists in America and France. Montand was married at the time to Simone Signoret, Marilyn to Arthur Miller. The affair ended with the completion of filming, with Montand publicly addressing the story with reporters. “Had Marilyn been more sophisticated, none of this ever would have happened”, Montand told reporters, adding “But, nothing will break up my marriage”.

People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here’s the Truth
Marilyn visiting a Mexican film set in 1962. Wikimedia

Marilyn attempted to get back in touch with the French actor during the filming of The Misfits, evidently to no avail. Montand remained married to Simone Signoret until her death in 1985. Monroe, as noted, moved on to divorce Arthur Miller and did not remarry. Montand was but one of several extramarital affairs she had throughout her lifetime.

People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here’s the Truth
Yves Montand and Marilyn on the set of Let’s Make Love. Wikimedia

Marilyn Monroe remains a marketing powerhouse

Marilyn Monroe remains a tragic figure, regarded as a symbol of American culture of the 1950s, with all of the good and bad such a persona entails. She advanced feminism by taking on the male dominated studio system, yet that same system exploited her image to line its pockets. She created her “dumb blonde” image and exploited it to the hilt, using her sexual allure to get what she wanted in films, and in life. She was far from the first blonde bombshell, nor the last, but she remains the epitome of the stereotype 60 years after her death.

People Are Mad About the Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Here’s the Truth
Some Like It Hot Poster. Wikimedia.

It is virtually impossible to separate fact from fiction regarding her life, her many affairs, her relationships, and her tragic and untimely death. In many ways, she is still exploited by writers and film makers, eager to use her image and her popularity to make money, with truth optional. Over 300 biographies have been written about her, with varying dedication to facts. She remains a major marketing icon, as well as a cultural icon. She is also a character in novels, fictionalized depictions of her life and loves, which are too often regarded as truthful by fans and readers. Even with such immense coverage, the real Marilyn Monroe and her life’s story remains elusive, hidden beneath the glitzy blanket of Hollywood’s past.

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