May 06 2014

Mariah Interviews with CNN's Leading Women

The evolution of Mariah Carey:
From wide-eyed teen to songbird supreme

She was often portrayed as the archetypal dumb blonde, but behind the golden locks and hourglass figure, Marilyn Monroe was an astute businesswoman.

Decades later, the 1950s screen siren is providing inspiration for Mariah Carey's own vast entertainment empire.

"Marilyn Monroe, who I'm a huge fan of, had the first production company as a female, as a woman," Carey told CNN's Nischelle Turner, ahead of the release of her 14th album later this month.

"She played the dumb blonde role, she played it well, but that was not who she was."

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