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If I Could Meet One Person....

Without a doubt, Miss Marilyn Monroe.  No ifs ands or buts about it.  I've had the same answer to this question for over 20 years now. 

This past weekend I saw My Week With Marilyn.  I was 30 minutes early for the flick and had to wait anxiously outside the theater doors as the staff inside were still busy picking up half-empty popcorn boxes and cleaning up sticky soda residue.  I got the perfect seat, dead center and the one towards the front with the bar which quickly became my own ottoman.  Popcorn in hand, a little buttery for my taste but screw it I've been good all week, and a Coke Zero in the cup holder, wide-eyed I waited in anticipation for the film to begin.

Michelle Williams was the perfect actress to play a role so rich and complex as this one.  Many starlets out there were dying to play Marilyn but the Weinstein company made the right choice with Michelle.  She oozed sexiness with just the right mix of grace. I read an article last week about how Michelle prepared for the role.  When asked about Marilyn's "wiggle" she said "It's not a figure eight, it's not a side-to-side motion.  It's like she's moving through honey."...think about that one again.  Yowza! 

The film takes place in the summer of 1956...she was just 30 years old.  Addicted to pills and obviously not having dealt with the abandonment of her parents, a fragile Marilyn is shown.  Each room is silenced the second she walks in...not because she says anything but her utter beauty demands it.  Try and look just couldn't.  Every woman is intensely jealous as they should be.  Nobody, except my mother of course (love you mom!) has ever come close to being as beautiful as Marilyn.  Every man wanted her and every woman wanted to be her.  And then we saw Norma Jeane.  The tears, loneliness and constant questioning of herself.  My Week With Marilyn gave us a hint of the inside life of this young, broken girl.

I left the theater quiet and saddened.  The beautiful Marilyn was human after all.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 22 commentsKerrie La Guardia • December 05 2011 08:55PM


Sounds like you had a great day at the movies.    

Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) over 7 years ago

And since Michelle went through her own tragedy I'm sure she drew on that sadness for the film.  You've inspired me to go see it.  Great blog!!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 7 years ago

Jan - I didn't even think abou true!  I bet she digs into those feelings for many of her roles.  Have you seen Blue Valentine with her and Ryan Gosling?  Cried my flippin eyes out but was SO DAMN GOOD!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 7 years ago

But for the Grace of God..... many of us have demons that cause unhappiness for various reasons.  We each must deal with them and hopefully we don't take the path that Marilyn chose.  We all have much to be thankful for.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, she was a beauty, very sad.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 7 years ago

at least you know who you'd like to meet. other than that guy in charge upstairs, I'm not at all certain who'd I'd like to visit with first. maybe a drunk george bush. i'd love see that.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 7 years ago

really the ONE?  I wouldn't have guessed.   Would love to see the movie though.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Being a baseball fan, I would like to meet her ex - Joe Dimaggio.  If she was there too, that would be great.



Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I think that she had a really sad story.  It's too bad.....I think she wanted fame, got it, felt trapped by it, but I'll tell you this....I want to see the movie. 

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 7 years ago

I want to see that movie too!  Glad you gave it a thumbs up!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 7 years ago

My husband had a conversation with Marilyn at Truman Capote's place on Fire Island a few years before she died (my husband's first wife's uncle was the Arts & Leisure Editor of the New York Times).  He thought she was nice, very trusting, very insecure and unsophisticated, when she wasn't being "Marilyn Monroe."  We'll have to see this movie.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Marilyn is such an Icon, who could forget, often imitated but never duplicated! I'd like to see her on the big screen too.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

I love Marilyn, her house recently sold in our area. She's also burried in Santa Monica. I love that she had so many issues, yet stuck with her career and let her beauty shine. Her vulnerability is definatley admirable.

Will have to channel her "moving through honey" in life, and maybe in my walk ;)




Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) over 7 years ago

Great review, Kerrie!  Sounds like a good movie for my daughter and I to see together.  She loves Marilyn Monroe and has a couple black and white's of her still in her room here at home. 

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 7 years ago

Kerrie,  I don’t remember where but many years ago I saw something on Marilyn Monroe.  I learned of her life story and then felt sad for her and her life ending at such a long age. I’m glad you got your week with Marilyn and now know her beauty was bitter-sweet. 


Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 7 years ago

It used to be me right?  You used to want to meet me?  But then you met me, and now it is her?  HA!!!  But seriously, I can see why you would want to meet her.  

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 7 years ago

Kerrie, yeah, My Week with Marilyn is on my to see list.  She was amazing and unique and classy and so beautiful.  And I'm old enough to have seen her movies when they were first run! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hey Kerrie , move over sico and ebert ! great review of a movie. I now want to see it. Thanks for the post it shows that it was a touching movie for you

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 7 years ago

I think without a doubt, Marilyn Monroe would have been a very interesting gal to have met.  Among the living legends, my first choice would be the Dalai Lama, followed by Whoopie Goldberg and Warren Buffet.  I love to spend an afternoon on a lawn swing with each one, and just pick their brains, while drinking ice tea:-)

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Fun fact: a special "blonde" cement was created for her walk of fame square.

Posted by Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors (Compass) over 7 years ago

Havent seen the movie, but will do so at some point. Cool fun fact that Kim/Kistine shared above.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 7 years ago

I hear it's a good movie and thanks for confirming it.  Will add it to the holiday wish list!  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 7 years ago