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Marilyn Monroe – 49 Years Later, the Death of an Icon

On August 5, 1962, iconic actress Marilyn Monroe was discovered dead in her home from a drug overdose and possible suicide. She was 36 years old. It’s no mystery that the stunning beauty led a troubled life – battles with drug addiction, many failed relationships and marriages, erratic behavior, and plagued by the press. Still, her death was shocking and the country mourned her loss.

Nearly 50 years after her death, Marilyn is probably one of the most remembered and idealized figures in Hollywood History. She summed up her own imperfect life wonderfully in an interview when she stated:

“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up becuase if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

In spite of her flaws and the tragedy of her life, we all remember you Marilyn. The Smithsonian has a wonderful article about how the country memorializes the woman and in the legend in its article: “Remembering Marilyn Monroe.”

Learning from Hollywood – the Harry Potter Model

USC recently hosted a conference entitled: “Learning From Hollywood: Can Entertainment Media Ignite an Education Revolution.” USC professor Henry Jenkins put forth his ideas about how Hollywood’s new ‘participatory culture’ (as seen in the Harry Potter Alliance) can and should be harnessed by educators and social activists.

Jenkins believes that schools should embrace the powers of social media and leverage it as a means to engage students — especially those at risk of becoming disenfranchised.

Read more thoughts about the conference and its ideas in this KQED Mind Shift Article.