Topic: marilyn monroe

Seriously, Why Are We So Obsessed With Marilyn Monroe?

Seriously, Why Are We So Obsessed With Marilyn Monroe?

Love, Marilyn, a one-hour special on HBO about Marilyn Monroe airs tonight, and at the risk of seeming being insensitive, why are we still so obsessed with her? Sure, she was beautiful and talented and damaged and tragic, but a lot of people are those things, and we let their memories slowly fade over the years. She was mesmerizing in a lot of ways and for a lot of reasons, but I don’t think any of those reasons quite explain the cultural fixation, at least not in a way that’s satisfying to me. More »

6 Celebrity Caretakers/Enablers Whose Negligence Is Almost As Bad As Conrad Murray’s ‘Involuntary Manslaughter’ Verdict

6 Celebrity Caretakers/Enablers Whose Negligence Is Almost As Bad As Conrad Murray's 'Involuntary Manslaughter' Verdict

Earlier today, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his patient Michael Jackson. The jury called him reckless and unprofessional for prescribing the troubled pop star sleeping pills and pumping him full of the drug propofol. Unfortunately, this sort of caretaker and/or enabler relationship is a common part of Hollywood: Doctors, parents, and hangers-on who encourage celebrities into destructive behavior and often get off clean. Here are six people whose influence was more harmful than helpful. More »

Gallery: Lawrence Schiller’s Photographs Show A Nearly-Nude Marilyn Monroe

Gallery: Lawrence Schiller's Photographs Show A Nearly-Nude Marilyn Monroe

Had Marilyn Monroe not overdosed on barbiturates in 1962, she would have been the first-ever movie star to appear nude on screen. Unfortunately, Marilyn died before that movie, titled Something’s Got to Give, finished shooting, and the film was never completed. But now we can see a series of photos from that closed set where Marilyn dropped her drawers, taken by photographer Lawrence Schiller. I wonder which Hollywood starlet will be the first to recreate these shots in a magazine spread — Lindsay, Courtney or Michelle?
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