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Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroe

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe was an actress, singer, and sex symbol whose influence far outlasted her short life. Contributors to Fan Phenomena: Marilyn Monroe situate the platinum blonde starlet’s omnipresent cultural relevance within the zeitgeist of current popular culture and explore the influence she has had on numerous elements of it. Her aesthetics and images have been reappropriated, recreated, imitated, and emulated by such celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, Jayne Mansfield, Drew Barrymore, Anna Nicole Smith, and Madonna. The quintessential American sex symbol, Monroe was an influential style icon for a spectrum of designers, including Dolce and Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, and Nike, all of whom have named lines of clothing, shoes, or accessories after the star.

The essays here explore representations of Monroe in visual culture by looking at the ways she is reimagined in visual art while also considering how her posthumous appearance and image are appropriated in current advertisements. With an inside look at the universe of Marilyn Monroe impersonators and look-alike contests for both males and females, the book also explores numerous homages to Monroe in music, from the 1979 opera Marilyn by Lorenzo Ferrero to Nicki Minaj’s song “Marilyn Monroe.” The definitive guide to one of the most famous women who ever lived, the book will be essential reading for any scholar of twentieth-century American popular culture.

164 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

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Table of Contents

Marcelline Block
Timeless Stars and New Spotlights:  Looking for Marilyn Monroe on YouTube
Louise Elali and Catalina Vázquez
Fan Appreciation no. 1
Mary Sims, Owner of the Immortal Marilyn Fan Club Website
Lipstick Thespians: Being Marilyn Monroe after 5 August 1962
Ross Sloan
Marilyn is a Smash: Depicting the Icon in NBC’s Musical Drama
Raquel Crisostomo
Fan Appreciation no. 2
Gianandrea Colombo
Marilyn Monroe Italia
Marilyn Monroe’s Dresses
Ange Webb
Fan Appreciation no. 3
Scott Forner, the Marilyn Monroe Collection
Performing Marilyn: Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
Zachary Ingle
Fan Appreciation no. 4
Tara Hanks, author of The MMM Girl
The 50th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s Death
Scott Fortner
Fan Appreciation no. 5
Melinda Mason, the ‘Marilyn Geek’
Fan Appreciation no. 6
Marijane Gray
Editor and Contributor Biographies

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