What good things did marylin do?
Omg where do I even start!
Here is a list of her charitable works from The Marilyn Encyclopedia:
Marilyn donated time and/or money to:
- A 1953 benefit for underprivileged children at Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee—singing with Jane Russell at the Hollywood Bowl.
- WAIF—an organization that placed abandoned children in homes, after Jane Russell enlisted Marilyn’s help in 1955.
- The Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation in 1955—astride a pink elephant at a benefit given by Mike Todd’s Circus at Madison Square Garden, New York. [x]
- The Milk Fund For Babies in 1957—Marilyn decided to give earnings from the world premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl to this charity.
- Marilyn was one of the models in the 1958 March of Dimes fashion parade, that aided children with polio—held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. [x]
- A children’s welfare organization that gave free breakfasts to underprivileged youngsters—a donation of $1000.
- An orphanage Marilyn visited during her 1962 trip to Mexico—she ripped up her initial check of $1000 and donated $10,000. That night was one of the few nights in her life that she recalled sleeping without the aid of sleeping pills.
- S.A.N.E.—an organization dedicated to eliminating nuclear weapons.
- A muscular dystrophy benefit held at Chavez Ravin Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, on her 36th birthday—This was Marilyn’s last public appearance. [x]
- Marilyn’s final donation to charity was the biggest. In her last will, she left 25% of her estate (after provisions for her mother and legacies for some friends) to a former psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris, “to be used for the futherance of the work of such psychiatric institutions or groups as she shall elect.” Knowing Marilyn’s enormous love for children, Kris chose the Anna Freud Children’s Clinic of London. This behest has been used to set up the Monroe Young Family Centre, in Daleham Gardens, London.
- Among friends and colleagues, Marilyn was known for her generosity in helping people wherever she could; stand-in Evelyn Moriarty remembers Marilyn making an anonymous donation of $1000 to a crew member on Let’s Make Love (1960) who needed the money to cover funeral expenses for his wife.
And here are some things I remembered off the top of my head:
- She also visited an orphanage in New Jersey in 1952. [x]
- In 1954, during her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio in Japan, Marilyn visited an army hospital. [x] She also went to Korea to perform for over 100,000 U.S. troops within four days. She wore a tight sequined dress despite the sub zero temperatures because she knew that the men haven’t seen a woman in a while. She regarded this as one of the happiest times in her life and one of the highlights of her career. [x]
- Also in 1954, Marilyn was a fan of Ella Fitzgerald and called the Mocambo club asking if she could perform there. (The real reason the club wouldn’t hire Ella is because they felt she wasn’t glamorous enough, not because she was African American). Here is what Ella said about it: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt. It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
Here are some stories I have posted in the past:
Because Marilyn was type-casted, the public often saw her as a dumb blonde which she was the exact opposite of. She had a personal library of 400+ books and attended a semester of literature classes at UCLA. Wanting to break out of the dumb blonde roles, she left Fox (very rebellious!) and created Marilyn Monroe Productions (being one of the first women to create their own production company!) while also attending the Actors Studio and taking private acting lessons with Lee Strasberg. Marilyn was very determined to be a great actress and not settle for the studio’s mistreatment.
I also think it’s important to mention that she was sexually liberated in a time when sex wasn’t really acceptable to talk about openly (or rather, people weren’t comfortable talking about it):
“Look, I’m a woman. Sex is part of nature, and I’m part of nature. I don’t understand all the whispers about the subject. I don’t do anything that’s wrong—I just behave as a female. What’s wrong with that?”
However, while being sexually liberated, she would call out “wolves.” She hated men who were disrespectful to women, thinking they could wine and dine a woman only to use them for sex and those who promised starlets better roles if they slept with them:
I might be forgetting some things, so if anyone has anything important to add you can reply below or reblog with your additions!
“There were times when I’d be with one of my husbands and I’d run into one of these hollywood heels at a party and they’d paw me cheaply in front of everybody as if they were saying, ‘oh, we had her.’ I guess it’s the classic situation of an ex-whore, though I was never a whore in that sense. I was never kept; I always kept myself.”
"Men who tried to buy me with money made me sick. There were plenty of them. The mere fact that I turned down offers ran my price up…I didn’t take their money, and they couldn’t get by my front door, but I kept riding in their limousines and sitting beside them in swanky places. There was always a chance another wolf might spot you.”
“I think I had many problems as the next starlet keeping the Hollywood wolves from my door. These wolves just could not understand me. They would tell me, ‘But Marilyn, you’re not playing the game the way you should. Be smart. You’ll never get anywhere in this business acting the way you do.’ My answer to them would be, ‘The only acting I’ll do is for the camera.’ I was determined, no one was going to use me or my body—even if he could help my career. I’ve never gone out with a man I didn’t want to. No one, not even the studio, could force me to date someone. The one thing I hate more than anything else is being used. I’ve always worked hard for the sake of someday becoming a talented actress. I knew I would make it someday if I only kept at it and worked hard without lowering my principles and pride in myself.”