Rumorology: dateline: 1940's - how
America's race to develop the first anatomic bomb resulted in
the world's biggest bombshell: Marilyn Monroe
Rumors that America was developing
the Monroe Project were confirmed when Marilyn was unwrapped
for all the world to see.
The early pictures of Marilyn Monroe
that stunned the world cannot be shown here for security reasons.
Foreign enemies may be watching.
The post-war, post-atomic generation
of America was ready for anything but the first bombshell did
cause a huge sensation. Arthur Miller
said re: Marilyn: "She knew
she could roll into a party like a grenade and wreck complacent
couples with a smile and she enjoyed this power."
1959: I was 5, living in New Brunswick,
Canada and even I knew the names of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte
Bardot. Not sure why but I did.
One of the earlier first-generation
bombshells was Dorothy Lamour. She was known for her volunteer
work selling war bonds during tours
in which movie stars would travel
the country selling U.S. government bonds to the public. Lamour
reportedly sold $300 million
worth of bonds earning her the nickname
"The Bombshell of Bombs".
Later, America's stockpile of bombshells
continued to proliferate. To me, the most memorable next generation
bombshell was Jayne Mansfield.
Not sure who Marilyn Monroe is? She's
on Facebook. Well, in a virtual way since she died in the