Opinion: I’d like to introduce you to the real Marilyn Monroe

It's vanishingly difficult for Marilyn Monroe to be seen as an actual human being. Not after this many decades of being a symbol, a sex goddess, a blonde bombshell or a candle in the wind. As author Sarah Churchwell, whose book The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, has said, "What we think about Marilyn is what we think about women." In the 1950s, that proved to be a damning indictment.

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