June 1st marked the birthday of Marilyn Monroe. She would have been 85.
At the start of this year, I began to update my fantasy list--the top 10 female celebrities that I would love to spank, given the opportunity. So far, I've done numbers 1 through 8, with two to go. I have a couple of ladies in mind for those spots, but I haven't absolutely decided yet.
I only had two rules: no reality "stars", and they had to be living. So, no Kardashians, no Snooki, and no dead actresses.
If I had ignored those rules, though, there's no question which actress would be at the top of the list.
Even to this day, she is (for me, anyway) the very personification of the Hollywood Sex Symbol. She is the Gold Standard. She is the Icon.
As it frequently seems to happen in the land of sunshine and celluloid, she left us all too soon. Who knows how long she could have kept making movie--who knows what roles she could have created as she became older and wiser and more skilled in her craft? It's a shame we'll never get the chance to find out.
It's hard to imagine what Marilyn might have looked like at 85. It's perhaps for the best that the only way we can remember her now is in the way she wanted to live her life--in pictures.
Happy birthday, Norma Jean--not "goodbye".