I'm not a regular viewer of NBC's "Smash." I did watch the first three episodes to see how the show would present Marilyn Monroe. If you saw the hard-driving network promotion leading up to the premiere episode, you know that two young actresses would vie for the role of the late Hollywood legend in a Broadway musical based on her life. That's why I wanted to watch the opening episodes. I am a Monroe fan. She was not a belter in her movie musicals. Not like a Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli or Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway. Marilyn Monroe was not designed for theatre. She created herself for intimacy with a movie camera. She cooed. She purred. She was a satiny jazz baby singing "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But she wasn't a belter.
. That was the 1972 Broadway musical version of Some Like It Hot.
But Joey had back luck in her career and private life. Marilyn Monroe was famously wed to New York Yankees legend, Joe DiMaggio.
Joey was wed to NFL Dallas Cowboys star, wide receiver Lance Rentzel.
This union didn't have same show biz cachet, class and fascinating star quality as the Monroe-DiMaggio marriage...
...but it was a talented sexy 1960s movie blonde married to a professional star athlete. Their problems kept gossip columnists busy. Especially in the early 1970s when he was arrested for exposing himself.
. She was a Hollywood extra and featured performer in 1940s musical comedies and dramas before that breakthrough starring role. Racism still existed in Hollywood after her historic nomination. Sadly, it crippled her film career opportunities after Carmen Jones.
African-American star Lena Horne called the singer/actress "our Marilyn Monroe." If Billy Wilder's classic Some Like It Hot had been made with an all-black cast, gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge would have rocked as Sugar Kane. Her life had enough drama for an award-winning HBO bio pic starring Halle Berry. A Dorothy Dandridge storyline on a show like "Smash" could let us see some black and black/Hispanic actresses vie for the role. That would be some tasty diversity.