Friday, 16 August 2013

Friday Photo: Marilyn Monroe the Runner

This week's Friday photo shows Marilyn Monroe in Santa Monica in 1951.  In an interview the following year, she 'reported that she went for a “jog-trot” every morning dressed variously in blue jeans and a T-neck sweater or a brief suntop' . She commented, “The small boys stare at me and shout, 'Who's chasing you?' but I pay no attention to them"' (Marilyn Monroe: Cover the Cover by Clark Kidder, 2011).  Monroe was a long distance runner at school in North Hollywood, and later incorporated running into her regular exercise programme.

'Marilyn could be seen jogging through the service alleys of Beverly Hills each morning - an activity (like weight lifting) not commonly undertaken by women in 1950'  (Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto, 2001).
'Running wild, lost control.
Running wild, mighty bold.
Feeling gay, reckless too,
Carefree mind all the time, never blue.
Always going, don't know where,
Always showing..I don't care!
Don't love nobody, it's not worthwhile. 
All alone, running wild!'
(Running Wild, as sung by Monroe in Some Like it Hot)

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1 comment:

  1. Ahead of her time again! You didn't find many joggers in the 1950's.