OSHR 1707 - Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Since her death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe has become a legendary figure that represents not only glamour and sexuality but vulnerability and felinity as well. We’ll examine the life and career of this American icon and explore the reasons for her tremendous impact on our culture. Through an exploration of her biography, film career, impact on artists such as Andy Warhol, and our own culture’s continued fascination with her, you will learn what creates a legend in contemporary society.

This class will be an opportunity to explore American life and values during the 1950s. We will watch films such as "The Seven Year Itch," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and "Some Like it Hot" and discuss how the themes and Marilyn’s characters shaped and reflected American culture. Finally, we will explore how Marilyn’s image and reputation influenced artists over the past 50 years.

This course is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, Marilyn: Celebrating an Icon, that runs from November 1 to December 27, 2014.

Readings: Spoto, Donald, Marilyn Monroe: The Biography, c. 1999. ISBN: 978-0-8154-1183-3.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.