If you ever needed a poster girl for the darker side of fame, then look no further than the tortured 'sex goddess' Marilyn Monroe. In the last couple of days we have been treated to two Monroe-related pieces of gossip: the first was the mind-boggling news that Lindsay Lohan (a dedicated Monroe-phile) was looking to remake Billy Wilder's classic comedy, Some Like it Hot, and today, Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been hired to play Monroe in an adaptation of Colin Clark's memoir, My Week with Marilyn. So even though in both cases it's all probably nothing more than silly rumors, it did get me thinking about the romance that Young Hollywood seems to have with the legendary actress.

Monroe's life and death has been either a cautionary tale or a romantic tragedy as far back as I can remember, and as I watch young Hollywood fall deeper into their love affair with the actress, I have to wonder: "Just what's so great about Monroe anyway?" Blasphemy? Maybe, but but hear me out: Monroe might have been a strong comedic actress and possibly one of the most beautiful women to grace the screen, but a role model? Not on your life pal. You can't help but wonder what we all see in a woman who allegedly suffered from severe depression and substance abuse for most of her life, and thanks to Hollywood was a walking-talking blow-up doll for most of her career.

After the jump: the sad state of young Hollywood and the darker side of Monroe's legacy...



To watch an actress like Lohan or even a celeb like Paris Hilton adopt the pose of Monroe is depressing for a few reasons, but maybe what's worst of all is that like it or not, Monroe is an example of the 'beautiful doormat'. Yes she was sexy, and yes, men all over the world considered her the perfect woman, but if you look a little closer, her career is littered with stories about her 'fragile and childlike nature' and needing to have her lines taped onto the set decorations while she was crippled by stage fright. Once you throw in the 'big bad men' of her personal life, and an inglorious death, you have the makings of a pretty pathetic legend if you ask me. Monroe seems to have taught a new generation of women that it doesn't matter how messed up or unhappy you may be, just as long as you're hot, you're doing just fine.

So maybe it's because I like my legends to have a little more spunk, but that's why I choose to idolize ladies like Bette Davis or Barbara Stanwyck. At least these classic Hollywood women took charge of their careers. They weren't always considered the nicest girls on the block, and most of them weren't even sex symbols in the same league as Monroe. But I think they did the most important thing of all: Those women didn't burn out or fade away ... they kept working.

Now it's your turn to play amateur psychiatrist: what is it about Marilyn that keeps her front and center as the patron saint of starlets everywhere? Sound off below...