Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Marilyn Monroe

Just when you think you've seen all the possible major players in Popular Culture with a Dachshund, a kind Dachshundist sends in a new gem.  Yep, it's Marilyn Monroe.  Who?  We think you know.
Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model.  Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received.  By 1953, Monroe had progressed to leading roles. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comedic effect in such films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range, and her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination, and she received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959).
The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide," the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as the possibility of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon.  Source.

Thanks ever so much to Caroline for sending in the photos and their history.  She writes:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

Firstly, can't tell you how happy we (me, Paul & doxies Louie and Milo) are to read about Joey's continued progress .. I read the blog out every day to keep the whole pack informed on how the little man is doing.

I have attached some very lovely photos of Marilyn .. Marilyn never owned a dachshund herself, but she adored all animals and owned a basset hound named Hugo and later, a Maltese called Maf.

In March 1959 Marilyn was awarded the French Crystal Star for best Foreign Actress (for The Prince and the Showgirl). She accepted the award at the French Ambassador's home, and was enchanted by his two Dachshunds. Indeed, she spent a great deal of time cuddling and fussing over these little dogs, and some really lovely pictures were captured.

Hope you like them.

Love and best wishes.

Sir Elton John honored Marilyn Monroe with 1973's Candle in the Wind.


Anonymous said...

Great find!!!

I can faintly remember the day she died and how big of a deal it was.... If the media circuses of today were there then, as well, it would have been bigger than Michael Jackson.


Anonymous said...

What is the source of these photos?

Lacey Byrd said...

I'm firstly, a very proud Doxie Mommy of 3: The late, great Maxwell Drew (Max,) Amelia Mae (Millie,) & my special needs miracle Mars Bradford! We are all Byrds & I am Lacey. Secondly, I've loved Marilyn Monroe since age 6 when I saw "Some Like It Hot"! Just finding this blog - accidentally & miraculously! Thank you for sharing these heart melting photos & creating a blog that is my new favorite!!!

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