Posts Tagged ‘Marilyn Monroe’

Goodbye Norma Jean!

August 5, 2014

On this day in 1962, Marilyn Monroe  (Norma Jean Mortensen) died of a drug overdose . . . at the age of 36.  One of the most famous “sex symbols” of all time, did you know that . . .

  • she was raised by foster parents?  (She had had 12 sets of foster parents.)
  • she actually spent two years in an orphanage?  (Los Angeles Orphans Home Society, also known as Hollygrove)
  • she had a family history of depression?  (Her uncle and her great grandfather both committed suicide [hanging] and her mother was institutionalized.)
  • she got married at 16 to avoid the orphanage or another foster home?
  • she did her famous nude photoshoot six years before they were used in Playboy’s first edition?  (She was the first “sweetheart of the month.”)
  • she married baseball great Joe DiMaggio? (They were married less than a year.  Joe was insanely jealous of the attention she was getting.)
  • following their divorce Joe DiMaggio rescued her from a forced institutionalization?  (For 20 years following her death, Joe had a dozen roses delivered to her crypt three times a week.)
  • she had a 34-page FBI file?   (It hints that she was a communist sympathizer.)
  • she was not a dumb blond bimbo?  (She was actually a savvy businesswoman.)
  • over 40 years after her death, she ranked 9th on’s list (and the only woman) of “highest-earning dead celebrities?
  • Hugh Hefners owns the burial vault next to Marilyn’s?
  • she only owned one home?  (In Brentwood, California — where she died.)

Are You Mistaken?

April 5, 2013

Then welcome to the club!  No one is perfect and mistakes are just a part of life (and learning).  I ran a cross a couple of great quotations this week that got me pondering on “mistakes.”  So take a moment and reflect on your mistakes, then forgive  yourself, learn from them, and move on . . .

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”  — George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are plenty of people willing to do that for you. Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do. Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”  — Susan Gale

“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.”  — Marilyn Monroe

Hodgepodge of Advice?

September 30, 2011

I ran across the below quotation earlier this week (by an unknown author) and liked it immediately.  I also took the time to ponder each individual phrase and attempted to discern how my life reflects each phrase.  My determination: I could buy into some of them more fully, but overall, I think I’m doing okay. 

Without risk (taking chances), life would be pretty boring (I could certainly improve a bit in this department).  Never regret something you’ve done (save regret for those things that you didn’t do but that you wish you’d done).  Things do go wrong (all the time), but time marches on and waits for no one.  There is a much bigger plan out there than what I have envisioned for my life . . . sometimes you just have to “let go” and let it unfold!

“Live life and take chances. 
Believe that everything happens for a reason and don’t regret.
Love to the fullest and you will find true happiness in life. 
Realize that things go wrong and people change, but things do go on.
Sometimes things weren’t meant to be. 
What is supposed to happen will work its way out.”   
— Author Unknown
And here’s another quotation that is very similar . . .
“I believe that everything happens for a reason,
people change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right,
you believe lies so that eventually you learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together!”  
— Marilyn Monroe