Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Marilyn Monroe, 1926 - 1962

Marilyn Monroe would have turned 85 today, and in her honor here's a gallery of rarely-seen pre-fame photos. "Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in champagne?" she later asked in The Seven Year Itch. "It's real crazy!"

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raised amongst catalogs

Whoa. Whoa. Just...short-sleeved cashmere sweater, high-waisted hot pants and fishnets. Why are we all not wearing exactly this right now?


@vanillawaif and then they could say about us all, "Her elation pops out of her sweater, if not her eyes" (#10). hah!


@vanillawaif I know, right? I was thinking that same thing--I could almost picture that look showing up in a "candid" shot of a modern starlet.

& speaking of...anyone else get a strong Britney Spears vibe from these? similarities in their personal narrative aside, something about her face in a few of the shots really evoked Britney for me. (whenever Brit stars in a MM biopic, please contact me via the Hairpin so I can tell you where to send the check.)

Katie Walsh

@vanillawaif I freakin' LOVE those dance class outfits! Don't forget the little belt!

Parissa Wax@twitter

@vanillawaif AGREED!!!


@vanillawaif: Oh hey, I own a short-sleeved cashmere sweater, fishnets and a belt.

No hot pants, though. Although that's probably for the best. :(

raised amongst catalogs

@nonvolleyball I see what you mean. Her expression contains this willingness to please but also the urgent need to achieve fame in order to escape her circumstances. Or something.


@nonvolleyball yes! I always thought they looked a lot alike, and in these pictures especially so.


@vanillawaif oh man, if we make it beige fishnets? I would rock that.

Feminist Killjoy



Something to think about:

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln .

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners

Named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford'.
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford'.

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

And here's the kicker..

A week before Lincoln was shot he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot he was in Marilyn Monroe.

I plagiarized this, obviously.

Hot mayonnaise

@saythatscool: Bill Frank has needs some help harvesting his corn in Farmville. Will you help?


@Hot mayonnaise I will!


Dunking a potato chip in champagne? Sounds like a good use of a sparkler to me! Given my current stash of ingredients, though, it's going to have to be a blue corn chip in prosecco.


@Ophelia Great idea! I love chips, and sparklers. Hm. Genius.

elysian fields

Better as a brunette. (unpopular opinion?)


These pics are so depressing. A talented actress who got eaten by the Hollywood machine. Anyone read Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates? A fictionalized account, but I can see most of the story being true.

Noelle O'Donnell

@DrFeelGood That book completely changed the way I viewed Marilyn Monroe! The whole time I just wanted to step in and lead her away from the ugliness. :(

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