60 Years Later: Marilyn at the Movies

Marilyn during filming of The Misfits (1961)

Graeme Ross has compiled his choice of Marilyn’s Top 10 movie performances for The Independent, headed up by Some Like It Hot, The Misfits and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. (I concur for the most part, although personally, I would pick either Clash By Night or River of No Return over Monkey Business.)

“Sixty years ago on 8 June, Marilyn Monroe’s last completed film, John Huston’s The Misfits, opened in the UK. As with many Monroe films, the actor’s insecurities and personal problems led to a troubled production, but The Misfits presented the opportunity she craved to be taken seriously as an actor, and she duly gave one of her finest performances. Marilyn’s troubled life and status as a cultural icon and the silver screen’s greatest sex symbol have always overshadowed her considerable talents as an actor, but she offered so much more than the dumb blonde persona to which she played up. This countdown of Marilyn Monroe’s 10 best performances reveals a hugely talented but underrated actor, a comedian nonpareil, but one who was also capable of distinguishing herself in challenging dramatic roles.”