Today I write about Marilyn Monroe, the incredibly beautiful and iconic, Hollywood star. A deeply personal letter of her’s is being auctioned online on the 30th May, by the memorabilia dealer ‘Profiles in History’, who appears on the US television show, ‘Hollywood Treasure’.
The letter was sent from Monroe to her acting teacher and mentor, Lee Strasberg. It is handwritten on ‘Hotel Bel Air’ letterhead stationary and is said to contain, evidence of her vulnerability at that time. The sad tone of this letter is even more profound, when one thinks that she died of a barbiturate overdose, some time after this letter was written.
Monroe had sent this private letter to Strasberg, who was said to be the ‘Father of method acting in America,’ for help and advice. Is it, therefore, morally right that we, the public, get to see the contents of that very intimate letter? Is it morbid curiosity that makes this piece of paper worth up to £33,000? And are we still as obsessed with her in death, as we were in her life-time?
What scares me, is the kind of culture we live in, where even the innermost thoughts of these ‘Celebrities’ are something that the highest bidder can possess.