"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Girl Tuesday - Marilyn Monroe

I have never entirely seen the attraction of Marilyn Monroe, at least in her public persona.   The overdone, overly-made-up, overly breathless, and frankly overweight platinum blonde bombshell of the late 1950s (see Some Like It Hot) just doesn't work for me, except as comedy.   On the other hand, pictures of Monroe when she was a young model give glimpses of the beautiful girl that was, and lend poignancy to the way in which Hollywood effectively corrupted and killed her.  

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