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1953: The Year Marilyn Monroe Became a Legend


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Marilyn Monroe was already a seasoned actress in 1953. She had earned almost 20 screen credits since her 1947 feature film debut, and although she mostly played supporting characters, she knew how to steal a scene.

Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953)
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1953 changed everything. Monroe's career was gaining trajectory; this would be the first year her name appeared above the movie title, which meant she was a superstar.


Monroe's talent was often dismissed because she was so beautiful. But along with her perfect comedic timing, she could play hard, cynical women.


The three Marilyn Monroe films released in 1953 were all Top-Ten box office hits. Not only did they prove how versatile she was, they would also make her a Legend.


This film is often called “The Best Film Hitchcock Never Made”. Monroe plays a heartless woman vacationing in Niagara Falls with her much-older husband. In a place famous for honeymooners, Monroe shows us a dark side of marriage.


Monroe stars with Jane Russell in a female buddy movie/musical that takes place on a luxury liner. The pair sail to Europe to force a boyfriend into matrimony, but the film is really about the friendship of these two women, who became close friends in real life.


This was one of the first movies filmed in CinemaScope, and the widescreen format was necessary for all the gorgeous fashions. Monroe plays a model who leases a penthouse apartment in Manhattan with pals Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable. Their goal: To capture and marry a millionaire.


1953 would be the final year of multiple Marilyn Monroe films. Her output was significantly less in the following years due to health and other reasons. Yet some of her most famous movies were still to come, such as The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like It Hot (1959).


See you at the Jewel!

Ruth

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