Icons. All of them. Frozen in time.
Marilyn Monroe – August 5th (today or yesterday for most of you) is the 50th anniversary of her death. She was 36 when she died and the most famous actress who ever lived. An enigmatic mixture of innocence and wholesomeness, sensuality and raw sexuality. Under-appreciated in her own time. Her soul shows through in every photograph – loved by men and women alike. She still fascinates.
Jean Harlow – The Original Blonde Bombshell and the first woman to legitimately claim the title of Hollywood Sex Symbol. Her life was cut tragically short by sudden onset renal failure. She died in 1937 at the age of 26.
Carole Lombard – A platinum blonde bombshell modeled after Jean Harlow with the same impeccable comedic timing. Married to Clark Gable. Died at age the age of 33 in 1942, in a plane crash as she returned from a visit to the American troops in Europe.
Patsy Cline – Died in a plane crash at age 30, at the height of her career. Perhaps the most famous female country singer of all time. She possessed the voice of an angel. Think of “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces”.
Janis Joplin – A crazy and unconventional rocker and blues singer with an evocative, ragged, powerhouse of a voice. Died of a drug overdose at the height of her popularity. She was 27 years old. (In reality, she had one of the sweetest singing voices you can imagine.)
Grace Kelly – Quite possibly the most elegant woman to ever grace the silver screen. Grace Kelly left the ranks of Hollywood royalty to marry the Prince of Monaco. She was 53 years young when she died of a stroke.
Princess Diana – When the most famous woman in the entire world died, I refused to believe it. She and I were contemporaries. We had kids at the same time, for Christ’s sake. How could she die like that? Such a tragedy. Like Marilyn Monroe, she was 36 when she died.
Gia Marie Carangi – The only woman really and truly owns the title of First Super Model. Her legacy lives on and on. As far as I’m concerned she is the only icon of the fashion world. She died of AIDS at the age of 26.
(The pictures above are from my book, movie, music collection.)