Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Such fame...

i think its amazing that most people probably immediately know who this is, although this is quite an ugly representation... imagine being that famous, that just a white flowing dress, or the blonde short hair is enough. even though she died exactly 50 years ago yesterday, while she was only 36.
i just read a little about marilyn monroe (on wikipedia, ofcourse). most of her early life she lived with foster parents, as her mother was unable to take care of her. the most striking anecdote to me was this; until the age of 7, norma jeane (her real name) was living with foster parents in california. one day (wikipedia doesnt specifiy how old she then was), her biological mother, gladys, came and demanded that her daughter would come live with her again. her foster mother refused, as she knew marilyns mother was unstable. somehow, however, gladys managed to stuff marilyn into a military duffel bag, with which she wanted to walk out. marilyn was screaming while in there, and a struggle between gladys and the foster mom caused the bag to break open, letting marilyn to fall out... 
later, she lived with her mother, but she was mentally unstable and eventually was forced into a state hospital, leaving marilyn to live in several different foster homes again. 
i have seen her face so very many times, but didnt know anything about her background...
this barn is somewhere in cape cod, in fact next to the one with the american flag that i showed you last week.

12 comments:

Kate said...

The mural on the barn is a very bad imitation of an Andy Warhold painting of Marilyn. She was a very interesting individual, and if you don't know much about her read more than just Wiki.

Andy said...

It's amazing how the movie stars keep living on in the minds of others.

biebkriebels said...

I never really liked her, not her "beauty" or the childish voice, or her movies. I had other idols. But that is my opinion, she must have had something in her time to touch others. Someone in Cape Cod must have lots of inspiration to paint all the barnes there.

Manon said...

Was it close to Provincetown ;)

Nellies said...

I'm a BIG fan of Marilyn. This mural isn't the best portrait of her :-) but it is nice that someone cheered up his barn like this. There is definitely a lot more interesting to read about her!

Wayne said...

Nice find CaT

Stefan Jansson said...

Very Warhol.

Jack said...

These paintings look like the artist crossed Marilyn with Batman's Joker.

Tim said...

very tranny.

Kay said...

Too bad people in this area didn't find it in their hearts to leave the simple buildings well enough alone. I agree with Tim. It looks like a drag queen doing "Marilyn."

NixBlog said...

It is so hideous it's good...

CaT said...

@jack; hahahahaha!
@manon; on the way to provincetown, but not close enough to justify this... ;)