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Marilyn Monroe's Singing Voice

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Marilyn Monroe's Singing Voice#1
Posted: 10/9/19 at 1:34pm

I heard the song "Bye Bye Baby" from the musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" last night on Sirius FM Broadway, and it struck me what a beautiful singing voice Marilyn had. She sang in that very stylized, affected 50s Hollywood style, but she had a beautiful vibrato and trill to her singing.

People seem always to debate the virtues (or lack thereof) of her acting, but people rarely comment on what a stellar singing voice she had! I happen to think she was a brilliant comedienne and had much serious acting potential, but I never hear her get the accolades for her singing. 

Am I correct in my assessment of this? For those of you in the know, was she considered a great singer during her time?

 

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Marilyn Monroe's Singing Voice#2
Posted: 10/9/19 at 2:47pm
I think she was more looked at as a sexy actress, and her other talents weren't taken seriously.
She actuslly sang most of her songs, thise the high notes in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend " were dubbed.
Check out River of No Return where she singsxa few more songs even though it is more of an adventure film.
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Marilyn Monroe's Singing Voice#3
Posted: 10/9/19 at 2:53pm

There's a good interview from TCM done in the 90's with Jane Russel & Robert Mitchum, who both worked with & were friends with MM. Russel talks about how she had to take her under her wing & boost MM's confidence so she would even leave her trailer on set for Gentlemen.
The interview is on the DVD for the film Macao with Mitchum & Russel, if you can find it, though maybe somebody has put it on youtube?

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Updated On: 10/9/19 at 02:53 PM