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The Body Language of Marilyn Monroe

Clark Gable once said:

“Everything Marilyn does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso.”

– And magnificent she was.

Norma Jeane walked into Ben Lyon's office at Twentieth Century-Fox in July of 1946 uncertain of her future but certain of her goals. At just 20 years old, she had fascinated talent director Ben Lyon with her charm and innocence.

Marilyn provided the ultimate body language spectacle each time she was photographed or screencast. She nailed every role she was asked to play: a dumb-blonde showgirl, a captivating, beautiful girl upstairs, a sultry bombshell, or a vulnerable, innocent young woman. She epitomized the exemplary woman of her time: she was everything a woman should be.

No other actress was ever able to mirror her refined movements, no other woman ever moved with such grace on the screen. All her gestures emanated naturally, from a simple wave of the hand, to a turn of the torso. She turned with grace, her facial expressions could not be duplicated: the way she moistened her lips to seduce a millionaire, the way her eyebrows elevated in wonder and expectation, the way her eyes would shine at the sight of a diamond, the she could smile with a smile that summoned a thousand invitations… all these are the secret ingredients that made her into the most loved female pop icon of the century. Lyon said, “ She was showing us she could sell emotions in pictures.”

According to playwright Arthur Miller (who should know because he was married to Marilyn Monroe), ‘A beautiful woman can turn heads, but real glamour has a deeper pull. Glamour has the power to rearrange people’s emotions.’ But to be truly adorable, you’ll also have to be warm, kind and charming.

The Most Sensual Body Language Moves

Body language has been an object of study long before modern authors made it a best seller topic. The Roman orators themselves used definitive gestures (defined as “manual rhetoric”) to emphasize their public speeches. Body language was also a clear differentiator between casts and social classes.