Sugar and Beyond: Marilyn’s Fabulous Five

Writing for Utah’s Deseret News, Megan Fisher picks her Top 5 Monroe movies.

  • Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) – “Monroe gracefully moves between a genuinely frightening villain and a fragile young woman whom you feel the need to protect. It’s an astoundingly layered performance — tremulous, tender and raw.”
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – “One of Monroe’s most deftly performed comic performances … She slyly imbues the character with dignity, grace and intelligence.”
  • Bus Stop (1956) – “Speaking with a broad Ozark accent and letting her blonde hair darken, Monroe paints a portrait of a gentle, desperate woman struggling against the limitations of a patriarchal society.”
  • Some Like It Hot (1959) – “She cuts an enchanting figure as the melancholy girl who ‘always gets the wrong end of the lollipop,’ vulnerable, charismatic and glowing with joie de vivre.”
  • The Misfits (1961) – “A bleeding heart of a performance: raw, vulnerable, beautiful and shockingly modern.”