Despite having a large collection of cheap and generic Marilyn Monroe mugs and bags in my late teens and early twenties, I hadn’t watched a SINGLE movie of hers until 2010. I know, I know…
When a friend, who was going through a Tony Curtis phase (don’t ask) invited me to her home to watch Some Like It Hot, I was unaware that my life would change forever. As soon as Marilyn was on the screen, I was nine-years-old again.
After the movie, which still remains my favourite, and watching a crappy documentary, I made it my mission to learn everything I could about this woman. I wanted to know about her as a person. After a devouring my small collection of books (some questionable) and movies I started an Our Marilyn Monroe Tumblr page.
The Tumblr was popular for a few years, reaching over 50k followers in just a year and a half, and I made friends from around the world.
In 2015, I decided to move away from Tumblr permanently but my love for Marilyn never wavered.
After the COVID-19 lockdown I decided I wanted to reignite my passion for Marilyn and writing about her. So in 2021, I created this website and Instagram page. The rest, as they say, is history.
Hey there, I´m Laura
Whilst watching TV in my father’s flat one weekend, I saw this glowing, angelic figure appear before me, in black and white. With fluffy platinum hair and luminescent glittering skin, she shimmied onto the stage where the audience gasped in delight. In a slow, sexy voice this shimmering goddess sang “Happy Birthday”. At only around nine-years-old I’d asked my father naively who this angel was. “That’s Marilyn Monroe.”
Growing up with white fluffy curls I often had people tell me I had hair just like Marilyn, but of course, being a child I brushed off their compliment. I heard her name all the time but saw her as nothing but an image.
She reintroduced herself to me whilst I was at school, studying art and history, both of which discussed the importance of the 1950s and 60s. I immediately was drawn to Marilyn. She was my focus. I would paint those siren eyes, red lips with care and write about the impact of sex symbols of the time.
My Marilyn Favourites
FILMS: Some Like It Hot (1959)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)
SONG: I Found a Dream (The Prince and the Showgirl)
CO-STAR: Jane Russell, Jack Lemmon and Tom Ewell
PHOTOGRAPHER: George Barris
BOOKS: Marilyn Monroe Private and Undisclosed by Michelle Morgan
The Biography by Donald Spoto
My Story by Marilyn Monroe
Icon: The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe by Gary Vitacco-Robles