What better way to celebrate women than to thank one of the pioneers, Marilyn Monroe! Here are a few facts you may not know about her and how she helped to pave the way for women in the business world.
Marilyn was a voracious reader. She may have played the role of a ditzy blonde in many films, but she was actually quite the bookworm whose reading preferences included books by James Joyce and Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Once married to playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe stocked about 400 books on her shelves, many of which were later catalogued and auctioned off by Christie’s in New York City.
Library Thing has made a list of 261 titles that were a part of Monroe’s personal library. Books on the list include: Out Of My Later Years by Albert Einstein; Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner; as well as poetry collections from Robert Frost, John Milton, and Edgar Allan Poe, among others.
In our books, we showcase the very intelligent Marilyn Monroe, still sexy and beautiful, but uses her brains.
Marilyn Monroe performed for the troops in Feb 1954, while on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio in Japan. He has business to attend too, and she flew to Korea and over the course of 4 days, performed 10 shows. Here’s a link of a wonderful article and pictures of the trip. http://www.historybyzim.com/2013/06/marilyn-monroe-entertaining-troops-1954/
Apparently in the 50s, a popular nightclub, Mocambo would not book Ella Fitzgerald because she was black.
Fortunately for Ella, she had a powerful and unlikely ally in Marilyn.
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” – Ella Fitzgerald
Thanks for joining us today and celebrate the women in your life!!
K.R. and T.L.
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