August 5th marked the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s passing. Supporters of all types including long time colleagues, associates, and impersonators gathered at her Westwood, California cemetery t0 the pay their respects. They came together not to remember the scandals and turmoil of her life but to honor a strong individual that survived tumultuous obstacles in her formative years to become a one-of-a-kind Hollywood icon. Born Norma Jean Mortenson, Marilyn challenged what was acceptable, what was sexy, and what was beautiful. She continues to receive admiration for being an actress that transcended society’s expectations of what a star was supposed to represent. She is remembered for her greatest moments in film - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire,The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot, Bus Stop, and The Misfits just to name a few.
Janson Media today announced that it has licensed DVD rights for the title Marilyn Monroe : Beyond the Legend (1 x 60′) to MySkreen of France for DVD distribution in Prisma Magazine. The film, taken from the company’s Hollywood Collection, celebrates her compelling life and the memories of those who knew her best, like Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Sheree North, Susan Strasberg, Don Murray, Celeste Holm and Josh Logan. Narrated by the late actor Richard Widmark. Beyond the Legend, as well as other Hollywood Collection titles is also available for streaming in the United States on Hulu.
Her story is well-known – the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood’s greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights few could even dream of, she was one of the loneliest of stars. And yet, in spite of the breakdowns, the failed marriages, the sordid rumors surrounding her life — and her death, Marilyn Monroe was never just a “victim.” She was unique, a phenomenon that is as vital today as it ever was. She was all that is blazingly magical in a star.