My fascination with Marilyn started in 2008 when I was about 14. With Marilyn being as well-known as she is, I did know about her at a younger age. But all I ever really knew prior to 2008 was that she was a famous actress from the 50’s who sang about diamonds being a girl’s best friend and had her skirt fly up over a subway grate. I remember seeing her face so much – on the internet, news channels, magazines, advertisements, etc. I started wondering: what could be so fascinating about someone who has been gone for nearly 50 years? What makes her so interesting and special? I decided to go on the Internet and read a bit. Then I decided to watch my first Marilyn movie: Niagara. Old movies are not my cup of tea, but the second Marilyn came on the screen I became completely intrigued. I started watching more movies. I read more. I bought books on Marilyn. The first Marilyn item I bought that wasn’t a book was a pink fleece blanket being sold on a sidewalk (don’t worry, it was packaged properly and in good condition). From there, whenever I saw something ‘Marilyn’, I just had to have it (unless it had a fake quote or photo-shopped picture on it which have become major pet peeves for me). I am always looking to build on my collection, which I have become quite proud of. It’s small compared to many others – but I love it dearly.
I’m an incredibly shy person, but if I hear the name ‘Marilyn Monroe,’ I am right there in the conversation. As cheesy as it may sound, Marilyn has become a big part of my life. And I love it. I have yet to visit a major Marilyn destination (although I am only a few hours away from Jasper!) but it is definitely at the top of my bucket list.
I discovered Immortal Marilyn when I was browsing on Facebook for groups about Marilyn. I didn’t think IM was anything special at the time. Boy, was I wrong. The people involved, the dedication they have, is amazing to see. What’s really special is seeing how many other people have so much love for Marilyn and their knowledge on Marilyn continues to amaze me. IM is definitely the place to be if you have any type of passion, fascination, or interest in Marilyn. The members are truly incredible.
I am truly touched, and even honoured, that Mary Sims asked me to be a contributor. I laughed a bit when she sent me the message because it said something about thinking it over! I didn’t have to think for a second about accepting this position. IM is a fantastic group and I love Marilyn Monroe, so what could be better? Thank you for inviting me and making me a part of Immortal Marilyn!