I have loved Marilyn Monroe for a long time. One of my earliest memories of watching television is sitting in the living room with my mom, watching this beautiful blonde Barbie doll/woman dance on a giant pink stage in a Pepto-pink gown and gloves, singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." But I was a teenager before I really started paying attention to her. I have shelves of Marilyn Monroe biographies and picture books. I have almost (almost!) all her movies on VHS or DVD, and cd's of all her songs. I even dressed up like Marilyn for Headland's homecoming week 2 years in a row--and won both times!! (I think it was the actual impersonation that pushed me over the top...)
Marilyn singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" in the movie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Senior year, 2002, imitating "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" MM
So I am really a fan, not just of her movie persona, but of the actual woman. The Marilyn who read books, who took night classes because she didn't want to feel uneducated, who practiced take after take because she really wanted to get the scene right, who loved and lost and had her heart broken, who was under-appreciated by her peers, who loved children but never could have any of her own--I like that Marilyn best.
Please check out MM's at http://www.marilynmonroe.com/ if you want to learn a little more about her.