[1 October 2010]
If Norma Jean Baker were still alive, she would be well into her 80s today. But even though Marilyn Monroe has been dead for more than 45 years, her performances live on and keep her eternally young. This is one of her most famous roles, as Lorelei Lee singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Howard Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She is bubbly, coy, sophisticated, and innocent in turns as she dances through the number. Her body moves with clock-like syncopation clad in a pink wrapper, but Marilyn’s smile gives everything away. She expresses pure glee, and one cannot help but smile back at her insouciance. No wonder so many people continue to worship her. No wonder so many artists continue to pay tribute to her work. The Queen is gone, but she’s not forgotten.