Show Business: The Twinkle Hasn't Faded

TV provides a rare glimpse of Marilyn Monroe's last film

Not long after getting fired from her last, unfinished movie, Marilyn Monroe sent a telegram to Robert Kennedy. In it she declined an invitation to visit the Kennedy clan, making an odd, wistful joke by way of explanation. She was too busy "protesting the loss of minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars," Monroe said. "All we demanded was our right to twinkle."

And twinkle she has. More than 28 years after Monroe's death from a drug overdose at 36, the star's legend has not just endured, it has prevailed. The tide of Monroe reminiscences and memorabilia flows on....

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