my old hollywood

“She wore orange - flaming orange - in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Now that’s a color almost nobody can carry off, and when I heard about it I was livid - ‘what are they trying to do to poor Marilyn?’ Jane Russell, next to Marilyn in that shipboard scene, wears classic black and looks great. That is, if you even look at her. Marilyn is gorgeous, like a glowing, palpitating orange flame, in that dress. How wrong I was!”
- Jack Cole

Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926).


Georges Belmont: If I asked you what does it feel like being Marilyn Monroe, at this stage in your life, what would you answer?
Marilyn Monroe: Well, how does it feel being yourself?
GB: Sometimes I’m content with myself, at other times I’m dissatisfied.
MM: That’s exactly how I feel. And are you happy?
GB: I think so.
MM: Well, I am too, and since I’m only 34 and have a few years to go yet, I hope to have time to become better and happier, professionally and in my personal life. That’s my one ambition. Maybe I’ll need a long time, because I’m slow. I don’t want to say that it’s the best method, but it’s the only one I know and it gives me the feeling that, in spite of everything, life is not without hope.