Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe in
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.


After film star Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962).


Marilyn Monroe (plural Marilyn Monroes)

  1. A woman representing an ideal type of physical beauty and glamour.
    • 1997 September 14, Cindy Pearlman, “Working mother; ; Basinger gives whole new meaning to ^babelicious^”, in Chicago Sun-Times, page 3:
      With me they said,' Oh, she's got a little bit of that Marilyn Monroe quality.' I've learned when they attach' sex symbol' to your name, suddenly your credibility as an actress is in the toilet."
    • 2002 July 1, Benjamin Rosenbaum, “Droplet”, in Fantasy & Science Fiction, volume 103, number 1, page 35:
      Despite the cushiony-pink Marilyn Monroe skin, Shar is harder than I am. My heart races when I look at her, just as it did a hundred thousand years ago.
    • 2003 September 1, “Madonna now”, in Bazaar, number 3502, page 303:
      She introduced the world to the underground East Village punk style, took lingerie out of the bedroom and into the street, toyed with the Marilyn Monroe image of bombshell glamour
    • 2008 April 5, Davide Castelvecchi, “QUANTUM COCOON”, in Science News, volume 173, page 216:
      There's no such thing as a 100 percent-pure crystal, though, and diamond's impurities are in fact Marilyn Monroe beauty marks that make it attractive for physics.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Also frequently used to refer to the literal person Marilyn Monroe
    • 1992 June 12, “Ignored to Death; Please Stop the Noise; The End of a Fairy Tale?”, in ABC_2020:
      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.
    • 1992 April 1, Jill Nelson, “Abbey Lincoln: Unrehearsed”, in Essence, volume 22, number 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.
    • 2009 August 12, Randy Cordova, “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.