Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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Named after film star Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962).


Marilyn Monroe (plural Marilyn Monroes)

  1. A woman representing an ideal type of physical beauty and glamour.
    • 1955, Thought, Vol. 7, page 952.
      Her neighbours who are no Marilyn Monroes themselves are secretly glad of it, and commiserate with her and blame the Jamuna water for their and her corpulency.
    • 1971 Earl Wilson "The Show Business Nobody Knows" - Page 303
      "Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, It's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood."
    • 1975, Richard Corliss, Talking pictures: Screenwriters of Hollywood, David & Charles, page 71.
      Both actresses were too tough to make it as Audrey Hepburns and too angular to be Marilyn Monroes; wide-eyed aggression would have to do.
    • 2010, Gemma Halliday, Spying in High Heels, →ISBN:
      . I rounded the corner and made it to my Jeep, quickly locking the doors against any killer Marilyn Monroes before I picked up my call.
    • 2011, John C. Hartsock, Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery, →ISBN, page 124:
      So many California reds, in his view, hit you in the mouth too quickly, overwhelming the mid-range and its own more delicate and demur palate, which the Marilyn Monroes of red wine cannot accommodate because they engage in a deliberate come-on.
    • 2016, Robert Glück, "Dennis Cooper: Running on Emptiness", in Communal Nude: Collected Essays, originally from 1989, page 271.
      George is a type America produces, murders, and then is haunted by. That is, George and his friends are Marilyn Monroes, desirable and exploitable, “too dumb to live.”
    • 2017, Elizabeth Winder, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy, →ISBN, page 47:
      You may find a dozen beautiful hunks of photoplasm topped off with blonde hair. But they won't be Marilyn Monroes.

Usage notes[edit]

Also frequently used to refer to the literal person Marilyn Monroe.[1][2][3]



  1. ^ “Ignored to Death; Please Stop the Noise; The End of a Fairy Tale?”, in ABC_2020, June 12, 1992: “The truth is that she is from a very emotionally disturbed background. She herself is a seriously emotionally disturbed person and has always been. / I think she's a sort of Marilyn Monroe creature, rather sad in some ways.”
  2. ^ Jill Nelson (April 1992) , “Abbey Lincoln: Unrehearsed”, in Essence, volume 22, issue 12, page 72:
    for an instant she is Artemis the huntress, stalking her man. " But you really can't have paradise on top of someone else's misery. If we had lived in another society, an African society, where there is such a thing as polygamy, where a man takes a second and third wife, it wouldn't have been a problem. But in this world, it's either-or. It was the shadow over the marriage. " But that's now. Back then she was still the girl in the Marilyn Monroe dress.
  3. ^ Randy Cordova (August 12, 2009) , “Another round of 'Mad Men' about to kick off”, in Arizona Republic: “She also has something of a Marilyn Monroe fixation, perhaps not surprising considering her va-va-voom figure.”