Average Men Prove The 'Perfect' Woman Doesn't Exist

October 14, 2014 6:04 PM

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While countless articles, films and documentaries have chronicled the lives of both America’s most famous sex symbol and the Queen of Jazz respectively, most leave out an important detail: their friendship with each other. Marilyn, who idolized and was inspired by Ella, supported her friend in the face of racism, by helping her get her first gig at a prominent nightclub in 1955 by promising to sit in the front row of the audience every night for a week.

Marlo Thomas and Gloria Steinem met in 1967 when an agent pitched the idea of Marlo playing Gloria in a TV-movie. The movie never happened (and the agent turned out to be quite offensive), but the two activists have remained friends ever since. Says Marlo about Steinem, “We have been confidantes, so...

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