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Marilyn Monroe, Murderess: How a Femme Fatale Role Shapped Monroe's Star Persona

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Although Marilyn Monroe began her career playing a sexpot, her considerable acting skills made her a star. In two early films, "Don't Bother to knock" (1952) and "Niagara" (1953), sex appeal accompanied murderous impulses. However, audiences urged Hollywood to "go easy on the sex angle," resulting in Monroe's "dumb blonde" persona in subsequent films like "Gentelmen Prefer Blondes" (1953). This talk discusses archived production docunments featured in Dr. Konkle's forthcoming book, Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe, to elucidate how Monroe's early femme fatale performances shaped the non-threatening sex symbol she played for the rest of her career.

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