Iconic actress and singer Marilyn Monroe has been dead for over 50 years. The blonde bombshell, who built herself into a superstar, met an untimely, tragic death at the budding age of 36. Next month some admirers, who obviously have too much money and not enough class, will have the chance to get their hands on her private medical records. Julien’s Auctions has been given the rights to sell these documents by an anonymous seller who had them donated by Dr. Michael Gurdin, Monroe’s physician at the time. The exploitation that was her life will now trickle into her death.
Marilyn Monroe has always been known for her natural allure; a beauty that radiated and curves that caused a stir in all who observed her. The medical records turned over to Julien’s Auctions have some questioning the actress’s authenticity, as they reportedly prove that Monroe went through reconstructive surgery on her chin and possibly more. Along with documents, there are also X-rays of Monroe’s face, focused on the nose, from 1962.
For those who may have speculated that the Hollywood sex symbol was not all that natural, this probably comes as no surprise. Throughout her life and death there have always been rumors of her cosmetic enhancements, though until now no proof was forthcoming.
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, Marilyn’s childhood was full of inconsistencies and very little foundation. She was handed over to various family members and family friends due to her mother’s mental-health issues. At times, Monroe was forced to stay in orphanages when family or friends could not take on the responsibility. To avoid further abandonment, however, at 16 Monroe married a merchant marine named James Dougherty.
To break away from a childhood so unglamorous, Monroe began modeling once her husband was sent to the Pacific. Quite by chance, a photographer snapped a picture of a young assembly-line worker named Norma Jeane, and within months, she was capturing the attention of magazines and audiences everywhere. By 1946, her name had changed to Marilyn Monroe, and her hair had been colored the all-familiar platinum blonde.
The beginning of an end to a traumatic childhood, but merely the start of tragic adulthood, Monroe climbed her way to stardom. Divorced from her first husband and moving through several more, Marilyn Monroe never quite found the peace of mind she so desperately craved. Losing acting jobs for erratic behavior, struggling with drugs and alcohol, and never seeming to have the same view of herself as those who adored her, Monroe died in 1962 in her Brentwood home. The coroner’s office suspected suicide, while others still suspect a conspiracy cover-up; either way, Monroe’s death was as tragic as her life.
For those who might eagerly raise their auction paddles in the hopes of owning Marilyn Monroe’s confidential medical records, next month cannot come soon enough. For those who adore the iconic elegance and charm Marilyn Monroe possessed; and for those who cherish what she represents today, the concept of exploiting her in death seems to be moving at a hair-trigger speed.
The memory of Marilyn Monroe, the star who lit up the world for such a brief moment and perished far too soon, should be honored and preserved instead of pillaged and desecrated. Exploiting her in death takes away from the enigma that has been key in fascinating those who have always admired her. Bidding on the intimacies of a life appears to be an unsavory way to celebrate a woman who was and who will always be loved.
Written by: Amy Magness Whatley