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Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday to Marilyn Monroe, that star of stars.  She continues to bewitch us nearly a half century after her death.  Yet another movie about her is currently in the works, with Michelle Williams as the former Norma Jean Baker.

I hope you have all seen “Some Like It Hot, ” the American Film Institute’s number one funniest American movie of all time.  And everyone should watch “The Seven Year Itch” and “Bus Stop,” both classics.  I’d also suggest:

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Let’s Make Love Marilyn does a sizzling performance of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” in this charming story of a zillionaire who tries to stop a satiric off-Broadway revue because it makes fun of him and then ends up trying out to play himself because he wants to get to know the beautiful star of the show.

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There’s No Business Like Show Business This often-forgotten film is a sudsy excuse for using a lot of Irving Berlin songs, but it has a knock-out cast, including Ethel Merman and Donald O’Connor, and Monroe is sensational in “We’re Having a Heat Wave.”

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How to Marry a Millionaire Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Monroe are three models with a plan to marry rich. As the nearsighted girl with a warm heart, and in one of two performances opposite David Wayne (the other is “We’re Not Married”), she is pure delight.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Madonna based her “Material Girl” video on “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from this movie about two free-wheeling showgirls. I also love her song, “Bye Bye Baby.”

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