The Daily Mashup: Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep
Marilyn Monroe and Meryl Streep are easily two of the most celebrated and well known actresses. Marilyn is a dynamite sex symbol who transformed the world of celebrity. Meryl Streep, though not considered a sex symbol by any means, shares Marilyn’s signature blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and translucent pale skin.
Here are a few similarities:
Starting from the very beginning, both of these blonde beauties were born with a different name. Marilyn Monroe was first named Norma Jeane Mortensen. Not a very sexy name, now is it? At age 20, Marilyn gained a contract deal with 20th Century Fox and the executive Ben Lyon told her she needed a stage name. After deciding to adopt her mother’s maiden name of Monroe, she debated between Norma Monroe or Jeane Monroe. Lyon told her that these names were too common, suggesting Marilyn because she reminded him of Marilyn Miller. Meryl Streep was born with the name Mary Louise Streep, after her mother whose name was also Mary. She combined her first and middle name to be Meryl, a more unique and recognizable name.
These leading ladies also have their choices of living location in common. Marilyn and Meryl both lived in NYC and LA. Marilyn was born in Los Angeles in 1926 but moved around to various foster homes around the state of California after her mother Gladys gave her up. She became a resident of New York during her breakthrough period in 1955. Marilyn lived in 43 different homes in her lifetime, but only owned one. This home is in Brentwood, Los Angeles and is the home where she was found dead at age 36. Meryl grew up in New Jersey but moved to New York in 1975 at the age of 26. New York is where she made her debut as an actress. After getting married to her current husband and having four children, Meryl moved into a $3 million mansion in Los Angeles.
Speaking of Los Angeles, Marilyn and Meryl both have their very own Hollywood Walk of Fame stars on Hollywood Boulevard. Marilyn earned hers in 1960 and it is located on the popular 6700 block in front of McDonalds. Meryl earned hers in 1998 and hers is located in the most coveted placement of all, in front of the Roosevelt Hotel.
In addition to both being actresses, Marilyn and Meryl have both acted in dramas, comedies, and musicals. Though Marilyn acted mostly in the comedy genre, a total of 45 comedies in total, she also acted in 7 musicals and 34 dramas. In 1954 Marilyn played Vicky Parker in There’s No Business Like Show Business, which is actually a drama, comedy, and a musical all in one. Meryl has appeared in the documentary genre, with an astounding total of 139, as well as 82 comedies and 12 musicals. Meryl is well known for her role as Donna in Mamma Mia!, classified as both a musical and a comedy.
Both being recognized actresses, it is natural that both have received multiple Golden Globes. Marilyn has won 3 Golden Globes, including Best Actress for Some Like It Hot, and she was nominated for one other. Meryl has won 8 Golden Globes and was nominated for 20 more. Her most recent win was in 2012 for Best Actress for her film The Iron Lady.
Like most of Hollywood stars, Marilyn and Meryl are both Democrats. Marilyn was reportedly registered as a Democrat and lived her whole life as a liberal Democrat. Meryl is also a Democrat, making contributions to Obama’s campaign in 2008. In fact, all of her other contributions, totaling to $30,00 since 1981, have been to Democrats. She is humble about her religious and political views but takes an active role in good causes. Her most recent involvement with the government was when she urged Congress to build a National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C., arguing for the importance of giving great women recognition on the National Mall.
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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce
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