Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago. She was an underrated actress who started her career as a model. She was a follower of Method Acting who impressed other actors, such as Marlon Brando. TCM cable network is set to air some of her movies.
All About Eve (1950) sees Monroe as a bubble-headed blonde escort. She plays Miss Casswell, a graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Arts. In the movie, Monroe spoofs the stereotype.
Niagara (1953) is a film-noir thriller where Monroe shows her potential as a dramatic actress. She plays a cheating newlywed wife of veteran Joseph Cottten. She is the center of attention with her scandalous red dress.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) is a musical comedy by Fox studio. It is a gold-digger romp with Jane Russell. Monroe is well-known for her performance of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. It is said that she was paid less than her brunette co-star.
Bus Stop (1956) is a romance written by William Inge. It showcases Monroe’s skills that she learned from New York’s Actor’s Studio. Montgomery Clift is offered the role of the cowboy who falls for Monroe, a nightclub singer. But he declined it and he said he regretted doing so. He still got to star with Monroe in The Misfits.
Some Like It Hot (1959) is considered as one of the greatest comedies of all time. This gender bender comedy is a big hit. It features Monroe parodying her own reputation, a blonde singer who’s too foolish to see that her suitor Tony Curtis is also her bunk-mate.
The Misfits (1961) is a Western written by Arthur Miller. It showcases Monroe as a Reno divorcee who tries to hold her own against mustang wranglers played by Clift, Clark Gable, and Eli Wallach. This is the last movie made by Gable, who dropped dead as soon as the shoot was completed.