Marilyn Monroe has been dead for 50 years and is still as much alive today as ever. The legend and essence of 'Miss M' live on.
Many perceive Marilyn as a dumb blonde or a set of measurements, when in fact she was a smart business woman, a talented comedienne and an avid reader whose vulnerability and truthfulness won her fans, the world over.
I totally recommend buying or hiring some films she starred in. My two favourites are Gentleman Prefer Blondes & How To Marry A Millionaire.
If you're a fan of 50's music like myself, why not buy a CD of her songs? She was a soulful singer with a husky voice. Listening to her sing River Of No Return or I Want To Be Loved By You is an absolute treat. Pour yourself a glass of bubbly with some strawberries and soak up the miracle that is Monroe.
Not in the mindset of movie watching or listening to tunes? Well, how about a Marilyn Monroe Biography? There is enough written to fill ten rooms. Many are available to hire at the library or purchase for a cheaper price at second hand stores.
You're not a reader? I'm still not going to let you leave this article scot free. I must continue with the power of persuasion.
How about browsing through a coffee table book of Marilyn pictures. You can borrow them from most libraries or find them in the reference section.
I suggest checking out photographers Milton Greene or Sam Shaw photos of Marilyn. They captured a side of Marilyn unseen in other portraits by other photographers.
Obviously I am 'Marilyn-mad' and I am always up for sharing her with others to be affected by her magic.
I have been a Marilyn collector since I was 13 and was fortunate enough to play her in a successful Australian short film Gemini Descending in 2006, which did well within the Aussie festival circuit.
I hope I have persuaded you to pursue Miss Monroe. She is the epitome of femininity and a healthy role model for girls with curves. She flaunted hers and why not? Curves are beautiful.
Here's a taster to get you started on your Marilyn journey. A clip from Gentleman Prefer Blondes.
Mesmerise yourself with Marilyn. She's worth the punt.