Footage of Marilyn in 1959.
Marilyn jumping for Philippe Halsman in 1959.
Day 8 Favourite Male Co-Star: Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot (1959)
This was between Tom Ewell, Clark Gable and Dean Martin but I had to go with Jack Lemmon. For me personally, I feel Jack outshines Tony Curtis by miles in the film, although his performance is also wonderful. Marilyn and Jack’s performances just work so well and make the film forever memorable. I think Jack is so good in the film that he (almost!) outshines Marilyn, and that’s saying something! I wish Marilyn and Jack would of had the chance to work together again as I think they would of been wonderful. On working with Marilyn Jack said, “Marilyn had incredible charisma that was so rare, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it. She had a lot of talent as an actress and she used that talent to the best of her ability as well as her skills as a comedienne, which worked out marvellously for her as with that combined, she created that certain magic on film. I loved working with her and a lot of people say that is clear in our scenes together. I absolutely adored her and we got on wonderfully.”
Day 4 Most overrated film: Some Like It Hot (1959)
I could also of put Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) too. Before anyone questions why, both of these films are without doubt two of my favourite Marilyn films ever! I think the acting, production, script and directing is perfect. However, as these are Marilyn’s most popular roles and what she is arguably most remembered for, I think people limit her to type casting because of this. I feel that the majority of people, Marilyn fans or not will of seen these films or will know them, and assume that they can judge Marilyn’s diversity on both of these roles. As we know Marilyn won her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical in 1960 for Some Like It Hot and although I think she simply shines in the film, her nomination for Bus Stop (1956) should of given her the award. As both of these films are so good, I feel many people don’t consider seeing any other Marilyn films because these are so successful in Modern Society today and therefore, her talent in films such as Don’t Bother To Knock (1952), Bus Stop (1956) and The Misfits (1961) is going to waste.
Marilyn as Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot (1959)
Contact sheets of Marilyn as Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot, 1959.
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Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane in Some Like It Hot, 1959.