He became part of the British New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s club scene and was popularised in the early 1980s.
In 1983, following a high-profile appearance in the video for Eurythmics' hit single, "Who's That Girl?
", He had two further minor UK Top 40 hits in 1984 with "Cry and Be Free" and "You Don't Love Me" (the latter of which he performed at the Children's Royal Variety Performance held at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, in the presence of HRH The Princess Anne).
In March 1984, Marilyn flew to Australia for a 10-day promotional tour and was besieged by fans who were waiting to greet him at Melbourne Airport.
Robinson was born in Kingston, Jamaica and as a child moved with his mother to Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. He has explained that he was bullied at school for being feminine, and that he self-harmed.
As a boy, Robinson loved Marilyn Monroe's image, and Marilyn became his school nickname.
While the name originated from homophobic bullies at school, Robinson decided to appropriate it to his advantage.As a teenager, he was a regular nightclub-goer and wanted to look different, so he adopted a Marilyn Monroe image wearing vintage dresses with bleached blond hair.It was shown as the support film to Alien in British cinemas.Also in 1979, he appeared in the first segment of director Derek Jarman's 12-minute short film Broken English.While Boy George went on to form Culture Club in 1981 and secured a recording deal with Virgin Records, Marilyn was still scouting for a recording contract and had relocated to Los Angeles for some time.There, he worked as a personal assistant to daytime soap star Terry Lester, After Marilyn's friend Boy George had made a commercial impact with Culture Club, record companies were looking for other artists with a similar cross-dressing image.