You have heard, no doubt, that Marilyn Monroe won’t wear a dress that isn’t about ready to fall off, or one that doesn’t show as much skin as society will permit. In a sense that is true, but not because Marilyn is an exhibitionist. It’s because she is afraid she’ll be a mouse, a failure, unless she displays the only thing she’s got that resembles beauty. Early in her career she was told that her figure was superb. She wears low-cut gowns with daring lines in public because she honestly thinks that people won’t look at her face if they can see enough of her body. You see, Marilyn Monroe is convinced she is basically ugly. Not unattractive, but ugly. In the matter of clothes, you ought to see her around the house when she is not working. She wears blue jeans and a sloppy shirt and no make-up whatsoever. A group of photographers sat at the same table at lunch recently and somebody mentioned that he’d shot a layout of Monroe the day before and that she’d confessed to him that she liked him very much-that she wanted very much for them to be good friends. The fellows began comparing notes and discovered that each of them had had practically the same experience. “How do you like that line,” one of them muttered. “When she told it to me I believed it!” And well he might, because it is true. There is no star in Hollywood with less friends than Marilyn Monroe. She trots about at a cocktail party (if the studio can manage to get her to one) exuding love of all, but she’s actually the loneliest girl in town. She wants friends so badly that she almost begs for them and the slightest show of kindness from any person, man or woman, will bring forth a gusher of emotion from her that just has to sound like a line in hard-headed Hollywood. But Marilyn really means it. When she’s putting on an act in public it is just that. But when she stop smiling it’s the truth. Marilyn is probably the only star in Hollywood who actually lives two distinct lives. One is lived at the studio and the places the studio demands she go. The other is lived in her own home and among the people she trusts. Very few reporters in Hollywood are ever able to see the true Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe- Lovable Fake by Jim Henaghan; Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1953
David Bianculli from TV Worth Watching reviews 4 DVD releases of vintage television shows: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes, Dirk Gently, and China Beach: The Complete Series.
i’m glad i bought this the jack benny program DVD set. It’s not complete, but a good selection. some of the guests include vincent price, jimmy stewart, marilyn monroe, walt disney, humphrey bogart, eddie cantor, fred allen, bing crosby, bob hope to name a few. i think groucho as well.