History has shown us there are two ways to become an iconic starlet in Hollywood. The first is very simple, you earn it. The second way to be remembered as a great star is to die a tragic death before your time.
I am talking about the stars that have become immortalized in Hollywood just because of the horrific way they have died. These Hollywood starlets have died before they have done any work of great substance.
Marilyn Monroe is one of these stars. Yes, she was a beautiful sex symbol and the object of lust for every male from the ages of 10 to 100, but the woman could not act or sing. She starred with some big names in some big movies, but other than dressing up the scenes with her hour glass shape, cleavage, and her freshly tasseled hair, she had no talent to offer.
With a voice like a breathy child and a vocabulary to go along with it, Marilyn Monroe was a grand ornament in the 20 + films she appeared in. Her death was ruled as a probable suicide, according to the website Biography, but conspiracy theories of murder have popped up through the years. More than likely if she had not died at such an early age and under such suspicious circumstances, she would have fizzled out and long sense been forgotten.
The beautiful Sharon Tate, director Roman Polanski’s wife, who was killed by the Mason family when she was eight months pregnant, was another ornamental actress.
The Mason murders were some of the worst this country has ever seen and Sharon Tate has become an icon today because of this. She is known more for her death than she is for her acting abilities. She appeared in a few “B” movies, with her biggest role being in the hit movie, The Valley of the Dolls, according to the website Biography.
Her beauty and sex appeal overwhelmed her acting ability, which was minimal at best. If she had not died such an unspeakable death, she would probably not be as popular today as she is.
Jayne Mansfield was another bombshell blond of the silver screen who died a tragic death. She was killed in a car accident and for years the story was told that she was decapitated, which made the story of her death even more tragic. She suffered head injuries in the accident which killed her, but she was not decapitated, according to the website Biography. Although this story is still being told today.
Her beauty and blond bombshell persona outweighed her acting abilities, even though she won a few awards, including a Golden Globe. Her popularity fell by the wayside while she was still in her twenties, when the bombshell type was no longer being cast. She would only appear in a few “B” movies after that.
If she had not died in what was rumored to be a frightening death by decapitation, she probably would not be as famous as she is today.
These stars paid a horrific price to become famous. As beautiful as they were, if left to their own devices of acting to produce fame, they would not be household words today.
References: Biography MM, Biography JM, Biography ST