Art and a Holiday Weekend in Palm Springs

Adventures of American Julie

I remember when I was a kid people talked about “low brow” art and “high brow” art. I thought about this today while in Palm Springs.  First we went to see the 25 foot Marilyn Monroe statue on the corner of Tahquitz Canyon  and N. Palm Canyon streets. There is a continuous line of people waiting to take their picture under Marilyn’s skirt and almost always one pose is looking up Marilyn’s skirt and mugging.

The sign for the statue says that Marilyn Monroe was “discovered” by an agent in Palm Springs and loved visiting with her second husband Joe DiMaggio.  She also owned a bungalow in the 1950s in Las Palmas. The sculpture is by Seward Johnson inspired by the famous photo from the film“Seven Year Itch”.

The sculpture was supposed to be temporary and the time in Palm Springs has been extended several times. It is hard to…

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Tattoos of Marilyn Monroe

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Tattoos of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe tats are very popular among people who enjoy pinup girls. Often you find guys wanting a beautiful women with a voluptuous body on their arm or leg. Marilyn fits this description to a tee.

My dilemma with Marilyn tattoos is that most people just see MM as an icon. It just as I stated before, they view her as just some pretty woman. She is not just an icon of beauty. She was a great actor and had a beautiful mind and soul. A tattoo only shows Marilyn as a sexualized woman. In the picture above, the person added a quote that was allegedly said by Marilyn. I have a hard time believing Marilyn would ever say such a thing. She was classy and sassy but I highly doubt she would come off so bitchy. My advice would be to make absolutely sure Marilyn said the words before you go quoting her on your body. That stuff is permanent ya know.

One celebrity that had a tattoo of Marilyn was Megan Fox. Mrs. Fox is today’s ultimate sex symbol. Some would argue that she is on MM’s level of sex appeal. (I would argue against this, but that’s just my opinion.) Megan Fox is very attractive but only after multiple surgeries. Now before you jump on me, I realize that Marilyn had surgeries as well. Marilyn had a few minor changes made to her face. Megan Fox had such extreme surgeries that you wouldn’t recognize her if you saw a prior picture.. With this, Marilyn had natural beauty before and after surgery.

Megan Fox had her Marilyn tattoo removed recently. She stated, “I’m removing it because she was a negative person, she was disturbed, bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life.” Clearly Fox has a personal vendetta against Monroe but I would certainly argue that MM was not a negative person. She brought joy to many many people and still is an icon of beauty, not an icon of bipolar or disturbed beings.

List of Marilyn Monroe Films

  1. SCUDDA HOO! SCUDDA HAY!
  2. DANGEROUS YEARS
  3. LADIES OF THE CHORUS
  4. LOVE HAPPY
  5. A TICKET TO TOMAHAWK
  6. THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
  7. RIGHT CROSS
  8. THE FIREBALL
  9. ALL ABOUT EVE
  10. HOMETOWN STORY
  11. AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL
  12. LOVE NEST
  13. LET’S MAKE IT LEGAL
  14. CLASH BY NIGHT 
  15. WE’RE NOT MARRIED
  16. O. HENRY’S FULL HOUSE
  17. MONKEY BUSINESS
  18. DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK
  19. NIAGARA
  20. GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
  21. HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
  22. RIVER OF NO RETURN
  23. THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
  24. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
  25. BUS STOP
  26. THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL
  27. SOME LIKE IT HOT
  28. LET’S MAKE LOVE
  29. THE MISFITS
  30. SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE 

Goodbye Norma Jean by Elton John

Elton John was such a fan of Marilyn Monroe that her felt personally hurt when she died. He wrote her a song with such touching lyrics. Below are the heart felt lyrics.

“Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled

Goodye Norma Jean
From the young man in the 22nd row
Who sees you as something more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did.”

In Honor of JFK’s Assassination Anniversary

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Everyone knows the minor details of Marilyn’s affair with the studly young President John F. Kennedy but no one really knows the juicy details. Well consider yourself lucky because I am going to dish the dets out to you.

JFK was a huge fan of celebrity culture. He was even more fond of beautiful blond actresses like Marilyn herself. Now, Marilyn had meet the president briefly a few times before the big scandal occurred. Although she was never able to speak to him in depth.

Pat Kennedy, “Jack’s” sister, invited Marilyn to dinner at the Kennedy resident. Being infamous for being late, Marilyn arrived to the dinner at 9 when it was to begin at 8. Jack didn’t mind waiting of course. Once she arrived, 25 guest parted down the room to give Marilyn the proper entrance. Word was that no one had ever seen a room stop like that. Marilyn was definitely a SHOW STOPPER!

After a night of meeting many interesting people, JFK asked for Marilyn’s number. Marilyn didn’t hesitate to give her digits to the hot Jack Kennedy.

The very next day Jack called Marilyn to ask if she would like to join him at Palm Springs in March. Kennedy made sure to add that his wife would NOT be there. Marilyn quickly agreed. Who turns down the president anyways?

After being spotted together, a source said, “There was no question in my mind that Marilyn and the President were together,’ he said. ‘They were having a good time. She’d had a lot to drink. It was obvious they were intimate and that they were staying there together for the night.'”

Our Norma Jean quickly fell in love with him as he saw her a just another broad. She became obsessed with him while he said quote, “You’re not really First Lady material, anyway, Marilyn.” (His loss I would think!)

Jacki Kennedy knew about their trip to Palm Springs and made sure the public knew she wasn’t naive. Jacki also saw how vulnerable Marilyn was when it came to her dependency on men, drugs, and alcohol. An article explains Jacki saying, “The scars of Marilyn’s past were visible to anyone who chose to look, and her impulsive and drug-fueled behavior repeated itself throughout all her relationships.”

There you have it Marilyn Lovers! All the juicy details on Marilyn and JFK’s short-lived love affair. Now you’re in the know! For more details click on the photo.

Did Marilyn Have 6 Toes on Each Foot?

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Did Marilyn Have 6 Toes on Each Foot?

FALSE. This picture is proof that MM did in fact have the normal amount of toes on each foot. This falsity originated in her youth as she was born with 1 extra digit on her one foot. This however was quickly removed in her early years of Hollywood.
Don’t worry my fellow MM lovers, she is still perfect in my eyes!