Monday, 4 August 2014

Candle in The Wind

Candle in The Wind

"your candle burned out long before... your legend ever did."

              "It's a pity that so much beauty has been lost to us"~John Huston

It's hard to believe that underneath that blanket, on the stretcher being wheeled out, destined for the morgue, there lay the body of Norma Jeane Baker, or as the public knew her best, the Hollywood bombshell, Marilyn Monroe!

What could have caused for such a tragic demise? Such a horrifying end? I'm sure the public had to reread the heading of the newspaper reading "Marilyn Dead". 

"Marilyn, Marilyn... why did it have to end like this? Why is life so rotten?"~ Truman Capote

And what about those mysterious final days of Marilyn? What revelations can be determined from those last sessions of psychoanalysis, the troubled movie star's last film (one ridden with trouble due to Marilyn's constant absences and tendencies to appear late on set) which was, however, far from a rarity of Marilyn. She'd in fact been well known in Hollywood for her series of costly delays... therefore, it was certainly no surprise.

Maybe it was when she was dropped from the picture after abandoning the film to make an appearance for JFK's 45th Birthday celebration in New York...

 But no, that couldn't be it... she was rehired and Fox negotiated a much larger sum of money for her than she'd been being paid previously not too long before her death.

Then what could be the reason behind the morbidity of this tragic end? Could it have resided back... way back to the tragic days of her childhood? Could the pain from the neglect of her mentally unstable mother, Gladys finally have killed her?

or could her death come from another? After all, she's had her share of enemies... and mysteriously enough... it had taken her housekeeper, Eunice Murray a considerable amount of time to report her death to the police.

 Could her housekeeper, Miss Murray have known more than she was letting on?

 *sigh* if only we could know more about Marilyn's final days... if only we were able to understand the reasoning for her premature death! I've pondered it for many years! I suppose it's one of those things doomed to remain forever a mystery...

Well, I suppose we'll never know for certain who or what caused Marilyn Monroe's tragic end. One thing, however, remains certain... Marilyn Monroe is and will forever remain a legend.

And even after all these years, Marilyn's memory has managed to live on, despite her untimely end... and I feel that even in decades to come, her legend will still carry a special place in the hearts of all who should ever come to know her. 

"She had a luminous quality... that set her apart and yet made everyone wish to be a part of it, to share in the childlike naivety which was at once so shy and yet so vibrant."~ Lee Strasberg

"The luminosity of that face! There has never been a woman with such voltage on the screen"~ Billy Wilder

"Marilyn is near genius as any actress I ever knew. She is pure cinema"~Joshua Logan

It's hard to believe that 52 years have passed since the movie star's tragic death. It's very liberating to see, however, her success in managing to live on, her legend outliving her timeless finale...

and there's no doubt in my mind that she has managed to fulfill her dream... to simply... "be wonderful".

Goodbye Norma Jean

Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself

While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in

And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

                                             R.I.P. Marilyn! xoxo <3

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