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I've always felt that Michelle Williams brings a sexy kind of sunshine to the screen in whatever type of role she plays. I guess my feelings track back to her Dawson's Creek days when she established herself as a heartthrob while portraying the character Jen Lindley with a seductive fire that could attract everything from moths to all manner of fluttering fantasy.
So I was mildly surprised to read that she couldn't relate to the liberating sense of sexuality that Marilyn Monroe embraced, someone whom Williams will be portraying in the upcoming movie My Week With Marilyn. Williams even revealed that she had pictures of Monroe on her wall while growing up. But for all of the natural sexiness that she exudes, it was noted that Williams "...has studiously avoided trading on her sex appeal..." According to Williams: “Any messages that I got as a child about what it is to have a woman’s body or to be sexual were all negative—that people wouldn’t take you seriously or that they would take advantage of you...”
Williams' words have a resounding ring of irony to them, especially when you consider that, while Monroe seemed to feel empowered by her sexuality, she apparently also struggled with the fear that she wasn't taken seriously as an actress because of it. During the last interview that she gave, Monroe stated "I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. But what goes with it can be a burden." She said this after revealing earlier that "…sometimes I'm invited places to kind of brighten up a dinner table like a musician who'll play the piano after dinner, and I know you're not really invited for yourself. You're just an ornament."
That's a stunning admission from a woman whose status as a sex symbol is so historic that the famous dress that she wore in the movie The Seven Year Itch - the dress that billowed as she stood on a grate located above a subway as a train was passing - recently sold for $4.6 million at an auction. But don't think for a moment that Monroe was hating on her sexy persona. Said Monroe: "...if I'm going to be a symbol of something I'd rather have it sex than some other things they've got symbols of! "
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