[mention]THIRD WARD TRILL[/mention] as Rose Loomis in a thriller/mystery, Niagara (1953)
Marilyn made three successful films in 1953, to which the first was Niagara, a glossy thriller which played like a big-budget version of "Don't Bother to Knock" in its story of a seductive but unstable woman who plans to murder her husband (Joseph Cotten), at Niagara Falls. Rose's character was the dangerous vamp, very different from her usual, approachable, unthreatening playfully sexual roles. Most famous scene is Marilyn walking across the cobblestone street. It holds the record for the longest walk in cinema history - 116 feet of film.
[mention]Maleficent[/mention] as Lorelei Lee in musical/comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Lorelei Lee is one of Marilyn's most iconic roles. Speaking with Marilyn's signature breathy, baby voice, Lorelei is very charming, somewhat cunning and determined showgirl, who, unlike her friend Dorothy, wants to find a rich man who can provide her lots of diamonds. Diamonds are a center-piece of this film in a way. The signature-song is one of the most imitated and iconic pieces of pop-culture: Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend. Movie was 9th highest grossing film of the year and earned positive reviews, for both Jane Russell and Marilyn. Marilyn as Lorelei is magnetic and entertaining. This is the big hit, that elevated Marilyn as a star and one of her sex-symbol highlights.
[mention]Dani[/mention] as Pola Debevoise in comedy/drama, How To Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Continuing her winning-streak in 1953, Pola is perhaps THE "blonde bimbo" role of Marilyn's. Film is about three model friends living in Manhattan, looking for rich husbands. Pola wasn't cunning or determined, like Lorelei, but provided farce-like moments by crashing into doors and walls because she refused to wear eye-glasses. Well-meaning and silly, she thought they were going to make men deem her unattractive. Marilyn charmed audiences and critics as Pola, getting good reviews. Her co-star Betty Grable - who for the past decade had been Fox's blonde symbol - was so charmed by Monroe that she famously said "go and get yours, honey! I've had mine" to her younger competition.
[mention]Angela Merkel[/mention] as Vicky Hoffman/Parker in the musical/comedy, There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Marilyn-highlight of the film is sexy performance, Heat Wave. Marilyn plays Vicky, who's a love-interest of a traveling kabaree-show family's son, Tim Donahue. Unlike in many of her other films from this period, she doesn't appear in all scenes and has less screening time. Proceeding filming, in January 1954, Marilyn had just married baseball star Joe DiMaggio. Couple traveled to Japan for honeymoon. In February, Marilyn visited US army bases in Korea and performed for estimated 100,000 soldiers. Afterwards, she told it was one of the happiest experiences in her life. Joe wasn't happy about it, he was very jealous, so the marriage wasn't off to a great start. Once she returned to US she reluctantly agreed to do There's No Business Like Show Business, in exchange of her next role in The Seven Year Itch.
Raven as 'The Girl', in comedy/drama, The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Story is about a New York husband, who lusts over an upstairs neighbour, Marilyn, when his family is on summer vacation out of town. 'The Girl' is arguably her most iconic role, alongside GPB and HTMAM. Unlike Rose Loomis in Niagara, 'The Girl' is approachable and naivé, completely unaware of her own sex appeal and her effect on men, very much "classic Marilyn".
The famous shot of Marilyn's dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating doesn't appear on the film, but was originally shot separately, on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue. The scene on the film is only of her legs, cut with reaction shots, and never shown full-length. Photo of Marilyn in her blowing white dress is one of the most iconic in US and international pop-culture history, as well as one of the most recognizable photos of Marilyn. As a promotional campaign, 52-foot-high billboard of Marilyn, was put in front of Loew's State Theater, in Times Square NYC. The shooting of the blowing dress scene on Manhattan made Joe DiMaggio so jealous and angry, that she attacked Marilyn, both verbally and physically, her covering bruises the next day. Few weeks after, she filed for a divorce.
[mention]Prince Oberyn[/mention] as Elsie, in the comedy/romance The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
She had married Arthur Miller in 1956. The film was made in England, to which Arthur traveled with Marilyn. It was Marilyn's first film to Warner Bros. studio; a romance/drama about a fictitious nobleman (Laurence Olivier) who falls for a musical actress, Marilyn, which causes much royal intrigue. Behind the scenes, the cast and crew were in awe of Marilyn. Her charm and talent infatuated everyone (except the director). Marilyn however had issues with insecurity and serious imposter-syndrome. She flubbed her lines repeatedly and relied heavily on Paula Strasberg, her dialogue coach. The movie My Week With Marilyn displays some of those behind the scenes events during filming. Marilyn was highly praised for her performance, which got her Italy's top acting honor, the David di Donatello Award. The film itself, however, got lackluster box-office success, and reviews.
[mention]p.Lo[/mention] as Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Marilyn's most critically acclaimed role & film, comedy/drama, Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot is ranked #117 on IMDb's best movies of all time & the greatest comedy of all time. Marilyn won a Golden Globe for Best Actress of her role. Behind the scenes, the production problems were in epic proportions. Marilyn required dozens of takes for lines of 3 words and was frequently late from the set. Her insecurity as an actress, and drug issues got in the way of acting professionally. Still, the role was a success for her. Entertainment Weekly ranked it 9th best film of all time.
[mention]La Stupenda[/mention] as Roslyn Taber in drama/Western The Misfits (1961)
Arthur Miller, her then husband, wrote the film for Marilyn. It however, did not flatter her at all. In fact, when Marilyn read the script, she was devastated, crying because her husband saw her as ridicculous and pathetic. The film was about a divorced woman, her peak-years behind her, who goes to rescue wild horses with two cowboys. By the time the film had gone into production, Marilyn and Arthur's marriage had gone beyond repair, and the production itself became plagued by her undeniable mental health problems. Other cast members also had serious health problems and after production, Clark Cable died.