The original blonde bombshell maintains her mystique on the Web

By Hugh Hart
May 14, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Marilyn Monroe: MPTV.NET
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Before Pamela Anderson, before Madonna, before Britney, there was Marilyn, mother of all postwar bombshells. To give the Überbabe her props, CBS is airing ”Blonde” (May 13 and 16), which chronicles Monroe’s heartache ridden career. If it whets your appetite, jump online, where MM’s still making waves for Web surfers. Not even counting the recent online auction of one of her Playboy photos for $3,525, a dizzying range of sites devote themselves to the original dizzy blond. Bypassing the online autopsy photos, the toxicology reports, and the purported stag film, EW cybersamples Monroe, a talented woman of considerable depth who happened to be incomparably photogenic.

A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND Endorsed by Monroe’s estate, Marilyn Monroe’s Official Web Site offers such tidbits as Lee Strasberg’s eulogy, e-cards based on Andy Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens, and an exhaustive filmography, including her uncredited cameo in that 1948 classic ”Scuddo Hoo! Scudda Hay!” Who knew?
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BREATHY BYTE In CBS’ ”Blonde,” actress Poppy Montgomery re-creates the paint peeling rendition of ”Happy Birthday” Marilyn performed for John F. Kennedy in 1962. At The Marilyn Monroe Organisation (UK), you can download the real thing: a scratchy audio file of Monroe seductively crooning ”Happy birthday, Mr. President.” There are nine other song excerpts, including ”I Wanna Be Loved by You” and ”Goodnight Honey.”
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46-YEAR ITCH Pictures of Monroe standing over a subway grate with a gust of air billowing her skirt are still uplifting decades after they were taken to promote 1955’s ”The Seven Year Itch” (Joe DiMaggio, wed to Marilyn at the time, was not amused). Children of the late Sam Shaw, who took the shots, are contesting the rights to sell the images; you can eyeball the pics at Shaw Photo Collection. At Danamo’s Marilyn Monroe Pages, view André de Dienes’ photos of Monroe as an apple cheeked brunet assembling airplane parts in Rosie the Riveter mode, or click on George Barris’ poignant, sexy black and whites taken shortly before Monroe’s death in 1962. Red lipstick was about all she wore for her classic 1949 ”Red Velvet” sessions; check out the 22 year old MM at Marilyn Monroe — Limited Edition Collectors Prints. Prints sell for $600 a pop.
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BOMBSHELL INTELLECT Marilyn Underground, a ”tribute to Marilyn’s intellect,” offers personal correspondence both banal and heartbreaking, plus poems, reading lists, and book reviews. In one letter to poet Norman Rosten, Monroe borrows a phrase from William Butler Yeats: ”Love me for my yellow hair alone.” Not as impressive are her own short poems. Example: ”Here goes / Good nite / Sleep tight / and Sweet repose / Where ever you lay your Head / I hope you find your nose.”
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  • 05/13/01-05/16/01
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