Topic: Starlets

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 »