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50th Anniversary Of Marilyn Monroe’s Death – Five Favorite Films

I remember the moment I heard the news of Marilyn Monroe’s death, though I don’t know why it’s still such a sharp memory.  I was never a huge fan, but I remember being across the street from where I lived in Oklahoma and neighbor David Box and I heard it on the radio.  I was 10 and had only seen a couple of her movies at the theatre:  Some Like It Hot, one of the best comedies of all time, and her last completed film The Misfits, which really didn’t make much sense to me as a 10 year old in the audience of the Will Rogers theatre in Tulsa.  And the fact it was in black and white when most all of the movies I saw were in color also put me off at the time.  It wasn’t until I took a film class during my junior year at Oklahoma State University that I gave the film a second thought.  My instructor for the class, Bill Jackson, turned out to be the guy who had been Clark Gable’s double in the picture, and had a lot of background stories to tell.  Like the fact Gable had died before the film was completely finished and Bill ended up in several additional long shots to get it completed.  I also saw the movie from the maturity of a 22 year old which enabled me to understand what the film was about.  Marilyn Monroe did make some stinkers, like The Prince And The Showgirl with Sir Lawrence Olivier, but that said, here are five films, in order, that show Marilyn really could act.

Had she lived, Marilyn Monroe would now be 86 years old.

 

5-  HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE

 

4 – NIAGRA

 

3 – BUS STOP

 

2 – SOME LIKE IT HOT

 

1 – THE MISFITS

 

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