Something you may not know about Marilyn is that she was a big influence for equality and civil rights. Marilyn was also one of the main reasons famous singer Ella Fitzgerald became famous, she is quoted saying,
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald
Another one of the picture features William Travilla and Marilyn in 1952 at the club 5-4 in South Central Los Angeles, which was almost an exclusively black club. This caused a huge stir for Twentieth Century Fox and they promptly fired Travilla from working on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, assuming he was a, “bad influence” on Marilyn. However, Marilyn retaliated and warned studio bosses if Travilla goes then she will go to, so they indeed hired him back. However, the studios were sadly successful in pulling this photo out of circulation, however at least it is back now. :)
Marilyn also said in her last interview for Life Magazine in 1962, ”What the world really needs is a feeling of kinship. Everybody; Stars Laborers. Negroes. Jews. Arabs. We are all brothers.”
How to love a woman.
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect - you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break - her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there. -Bob Marley