Zolotow’s Marilyn: Past Imperfect

Larry Barbier, 1951

The latest extract from Maurice Zolotow’s 1960 biography covers Marilyn’s life and career in 1951 and early ’52. While her career was soaring, Marilyn endured further public scrutiny when it was revealed that she was not an orphan, and that her mother was an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital.

MM: The Iconic Bombshell

“Jean Harlow may have been the original bombshell but Marilyn Monroe is the most iconic. Her image was simultaneously sexy and childlike. Monroe’s high-pitched voice and carefully curated dumb-blonde persona were paired with an intense sexuality and the most celebrated curves of any bombshell … She met a tragic death suspected to be at her own hand at 36-years-old but her image and career is the most celebrated of all the bombshells.”

Marilyn makes Elle magazine’s list of the Top 20 Bombshells

Michelle Williams as Marilyn

“I feel like we live together … At a certain point, something else does take over. I don’t quite feel myself these days … I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist, eventually. Physically and vocally, everything about her is different from me. I’ve kind of gone to school and had teachers to help me understand Marilyn, so I could project an essence of her. When I first approached the part, I thought that there were three, even four parts to Marilyn. It rearranges you, it shifts your molecules, lifts you up, spins you around, puts you back down and you’re not quite the same, for better or for worse.”

Baz Bamigboye visits the My Week With Marilyn set and talks to Michelle Williams in today’s Daily Mail

The BBC reports from location shooting in Duxford, Cambridgeshire