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Thursday, 21 June 2012

"And It Seems To Me, You Live Your Life..."

Poor Marilyn, she really didn't stand a chance did she. But as the years have rolled by her legacy has really endured, probably way more than she could have ever imagined. Some people say they don't see the attraction, I even have a friend who having never seen any of her movies actually said to me 'she couldn't sing and I don't think she was much of an actor either so I don't see the point of her!!' Wow, what a dumb statement.
Marilyn had bags of charm and that's what shines through in her work, that and the fact that she was beautiful and had a figure to die for. Even in her early work, like "All About Eve", she nearly steals the film away from the two female leads and that's a big deal when one of those women is the indomitable Bette Davies!
My favourite film of hers is 1959's "Some Like It Hot". The scene where she is walking along the train station platform and the steam blows as she passes is such an enduring image of her. This scene announces her to the audience and Director Billy Wilder really knew what he was doing didn't he. He has two men, dressed up as (pretty ugly and incredibly obvious) women, on the run from the Mafia and he tells us in no uncertain terms, THIS is what a woman is, a real, honest to God, sexy woman. From that moment on she dominates the whole film and the character Sugar Kane Kowalczyk went down in comedy history.
1955 saw her making "The Seven Year Itch". Again working with Director Billy Wilder and starring alongside comic actor Tom Ewell, she made film history by standing above a New York Subway grille and as a train passes below her, a jet of air blows her dress into the air and that is the image I have used for this weeks challenge over on I ♥ ProMarkers. I was a little wary when I saw the challenge at the beginning of the year, but then I bought the Mimic Creations CD-ROM from Create and Craft and knew straight away which image I had to use! There isn't a lot to colour but I think I have done Marilyn justice. She has always been one of my favourite actresses and I couldn't care less about her affair with JFK, or her disasterous marriages, all I care about is her amazing body of work and if you aren't convinced she was a great actress, just watch her in "The Misfits", it will break your heart....
Papers are from Basic Grey, the tape is a craft magazine giveaway, bottle cap from my stash (I have had it for years and can't remember where I got it from!!) and the music notes are from Memory Box's new range.
Hope you like it,
take care and see you again soon,
Entered Into: Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #29 - For Men
Crafts and Me Challenge #89 - Anything Goes
Dancing In Pyjamas TCP Tuesday Challenge #214 - Taken By The Wind
Divas By Design Challenge #40 - To "die" For
More Than Favours Wacky Wednesday #72 - Father's Day
Paper Minutes Challenge #222 - Films/Movies


  1. Fantastic card Andy beautiful image and fantastic layout. Caroine xxx

  2. Couldn't agree with you more. She's definitely one of my favourite actresses from that era, although my favourite will always be Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Great card.
    Caz x

  3. Just found your Blog and saw your great Marilyn card! Wow! This is gorgeous!! And I love Marilyn, too!She is one of my favourite actresses and the movie "Some like it hot" is just great!!!!

  4. In german the movie title is "Blondinen bevorzugt". Wonderful movie with a wonderful marylin...
    Thanks for joining pm.

    Hugs, Heike

  5. Wow Andy this card is stunning !!!!! Fantastic layout and design. It does Marilyn proud. Wish I had bought that cd now.
    Don't tell the others but I think this won best DT card... shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Eileen x

  6. Wow ..this card is stunning...I love Marulyn Monroe and this image is just fantastic...lovely card Andy
    From a new follower
    Debby :0)

  7. Hi, Andy! I'm one of your new teammies at Kenny K and just stopped by to pay you a little visit. This card is awesome and what you said about Marilyn reminds me so much of Elton John's song about her. Looking forward to working with you!

    Annie xx

  8. Another stunner Andy!
    Just gorgeous
    Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design
    Kat xx

  9. Brilliant card Andy. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design.
    Sarah-Jane xx


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