The Films of Marilyn stamp pack
The Marilyn Monroe stamp pack comprises two 8 x $1 sheetlets of stamps with the stamp tabs featuring classic posters from How To Marry A Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.Read more
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The Marilyn Monroe stamp pack comprises two 8 x $1 sheetlets showing the Rose Heart stamp from the 2016 Love to Celebrate stamp issue. The tabs on the stamps feature classic posters from two of Marilyn Monroe's most famous movies, How To Marry A Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Marilyn Monroe (1926–62) was one of the great screen goddesses of the 1950s and early 1960s, and is still possibly the most widely recognised cultural icon of the 20th century. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles, she grew up in an orphanage and in foster homes. After a short early marriage, Norma Jeane worked as a photographic model before being signed by Twentieth-Century Fox and Columbia Pictures in the late 1940s. Renamed Marilyn Monroe, her minor roles in several films were noticed by critics and in 1951 she signed a new contract with Fox. Over the next two years she became popular, with roles including in the comedy Monkey Business (1952) and the thriller Don’t Bother to Knock (1952).
In 1953 Monroe became a big star with two of her most famous films, both romantic comedies. Her first role was the ditzy blonde gold-digger Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, co-starring Jane Russell. Her second was the myopic, equally gold-digging Pola in How to Marry a Millionaire, in which she co-starred with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall. In these two films Monroe perfected the character of the “dumb blonde” and revealed her talent as a comic actress of great subtlety. Monroe’s other memorable films include Bus Stop (1956), The Seven Year Itch (1955), and Some Like it Hot (1959), for which she won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her role as the vulnerable but single-minded Sugar Kane. Monroe’s luminous, incandescent beauty always lit up the screen. An actress of great skill, intelligence and depth, off-screen she battled many demons, including depression, anxiety and drug addiction. Her three marriages, including to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, ended in divorce, and much to her regret she was unable to have children. Marilyn Monroe died suddenly, on 5 August 1962 in Los Angeles, from an overdose of barbiturates, but her legend lives on.
How To Marry A Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes are films of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
© 1953 and 2016.