The Marilyn Monroe Mystique

On August 5, 1962 Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home at the age of 36. And although she’s been dead for 50 years, her mystique grows stronger every year. New fiction and non-fiction books, including Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox and The Empty Glass, continue to be published, a Marilyn Monroe makeup collection is due in October, and  a seven-disc boxed set of her films have just been released on Blu-ray. 20th Century Fox cinematographer Leon Shamroy summed up the Monroe mystique best when he shot her first screen test in 1946: “I got a cold chill,” he said at the time. “This girl had something else — something I hadn’t seen since silent pictures. She didn’t need a soundtrack to tell her story.” And the mystery of her death just adds to the intrigue. Check out the article in the August 2nd Chicago Sun-Times.


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