Archive for February, 2009

MARILYN MONROE IN EARLY SCREEN TEST

February 12, 2009

Another upload to my YouTube Channel!

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MARILYN’S SOME LIKE IT HOT DRESS FEATURED ON THE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

February 12, 2009

I have just uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel featuring Marilyn’s Some Like It Hot dress on the Antiques Roadshow. Try not to be too jealous of the owner of the dress 😉

MARILYN MONROE IN RIGHT CROSS (1950)

February 12, 2009

I have just uploaded Marilyn’s brief appearance in the 1950’s film Right Cross to my YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

MARILYN EXHIBITION COMING TO THE UK

February 11, 2009

Jersey Heritage presents a new exhibition of stage and personal costumes worn by the screen idol Marilyn Monroe. At Jersey Museum from 25 March 2009, this exhibition combines these iconic costumes with accessories, jewellery, keepsakes and trinkets owned by Marilyn. Many of these items are on display to the public for the first time and the exhibition offers an intimate look into the life of the superstar.

Sponsored by UBS AG this exhibition brings together costumes from some of Marilyns’ most famous movies, including the iconic red sequined gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The ‘wiggle dress’ from Niagara, designed to accentuate the voluptuous curves of the star who competed for attention against the magnificent backdrop of Niagara Falls. There is also an elaborate stage costume worn by Marilyn in There’s No Business Like Showbusiness (1954). Marilyn played the role of hat-check girl and sultry singer Vicky Hoffmann in this musical. The costume is constructed of a full length flesh-tone gown with a net overlay heavily embellished with flowers and leaves of sequins with white and silver bugle beads. A pleated panel was inserted into the revealing costume to cover Marilyn’s bare leg when filming alternate shots for countries where such “nudity” was forbidden.

Personal items also in the collection include a Beverley Hills Hotel postcard sent by Marilyn to masseur Ralph Roberts who became a close friend. It reads,
“Dear Raffe, See I did write! I have a surprise for you and I’m not pregnant either. XOXO Love M.” A silver ring given to Marilyn by her mother and a relaxed photo of Marilyn taken on the set of The Misfits by world-renowned photographer Eve Arnold.

The collection has been loaned to Jersey Heritage by Jersey collector David Gainsborough-Roberts. David said: “I have been approached before by organisations to lend costumes for a Marilyn exhibition, but I’ve always said no. I want Jersey to have the privilege. I want to thank UBS and Christies for their support of this wonderful exhibition.”

Eduard Klein from UBS AG said: “UBS is pleased to be associated with this unique exhibition celebrating the life and work of Marilyn Monroe, probably the ultimate screen icon, and in helping make this collection accessible to a wider audience”.

The Marilyn exhibition is on at Jersey Museum from March 25 to end of December 2009. Click here for info.

THE MARILYN MONROE TREASURES: JENNA GLATZER

February 11, 2009
The Marilyn Monroe Treasures by Jenna Glatzer

The Marilyn Monroe Treasures by Jenna Glatzer

I absolutely love getting new Marilyn books, especially large books filled with Marilyn’s photos.
The newest book on my list is The Marilyn Monroe Treasures by Jenna Glatzer. It is the most unique Marilyn book out today, featuring copies of Marilyn documents and personal items that you can pull right out of the book!

I am personally having a hard time finding this book in stores although it is said to have been published since October 2008. I think this is definitely a must-have for all Marilyn fans.

MISS ENGLAND TO POSE AS MARILYN MONROE

February 11, 2009

Miss England 2008, Laura Coleman

Miss England 2008, Laura Coleman

Miss England 2008 Laura Coleman faced the cameras posing as Marilyn Monroe in a campaign launch to encourage curvy women.

The beauty titleholder, a 10-12 size (UK), revealed she deliberately sought out to promote curves on women, especially since more and more of them were getting obsessed with tiny waists.

“There is so much pressure on young girls to be thin these days that it’’s no wonder so many have eating disorders”, the Daily Express quoted her as saying.

“I was told to lose weight from my hips by a model agency when I was younger but I decided I was happy being the size I was and declined.

“I went to university and got a degree and then won Miss England and I’m happy with the size I am now. I’ve gone up a dress size since winning Miss England.

“I think women should have curves, it’’s natural. I posed as Monroe to emphasise that some of the most famous glamorous women in history had curves,” she added.

The Miss England pageant lends its support to the charity http://www.b-eat.co.uk, which aids those suffering from of eating disorders, and is launching Eating Disorders Awareness Week on February 23. (ANI)

WHO’S BEEN VOTED THE ULTIMATE HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY?

February 11, 2009
Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

The votes are in as listed by Marie Claire:

1 Audrey Hepburn
2 Angelina Jolie
3 Grace Kelly
4 Marilyn Monroe
5 Sophia Loren
6 Catherine Zeta-Jones
7 Elizabeth Taylor
8 Keira Knightley
9 Halle Berry
10 Brigitte Bardot
11 Julia Roberts
12 Vivien Leigh
13 Nicole Kidman
14 Cameron Diaz
15 Doris Day
16 Scarlett Johansson
17 Charlize Theron
18 Jennifer Aniston
19 Michelle Pfeiffer
20 Liv Tyler

JAMES DEAN, MARILYN MONROE PHOTO’S UNCOVERED

February 11, 2009

James Dean with children (on set of Giant) from the Richard Miller photography archive collection.

James Dean on set of Giant, 1955. Photo by Richard Miller

BUSINESSWIRE.COM:
Legends Licensing, LLC (www.legendslicensing.com) has signed on as exclusive worldwide commercial licensing agent representing photographer Richard Miller’s extensive portfolio, which includes James Dean and Marilyn Monroe photographs, most of which has not been seen or licensed commercially for over half a century, it was announced today by Gary Saal, director of licensing. Miller’s work profiles the legendary Marilyn Monroe during her early days as a photo agency model and aspiring actress when she was known as Norma Jeane Dougherty, and the enigmatic actor James Dean. 

“With the signing of this deal, we’re adding a new major legend to Legends Licensing – James Dean – and significantly expanding our existing library of Marilyn Monroe images,” said Saal. “This is truly an historic event, since many of these images have not been seen for over 50 years. We’re very excited about this partnership, and we look forward to working closely with Richard Miller, his daughters, Peg and Jan Miller and their representatives.”

Richard Miller, now 96 years young, began his photography career over 70 years ago. The Norma Jeane Dougherty/Marilyn Monroe and James Dean photographs and negatives had been stored in boxes along with the rest of his portfolio for the past five decades. Only recently, at the urging of several photographer friends, did Miller decide to make this exceptional collection of images available for licensing.

Miller can still recount clearly the exciting days of early Hollywood where he wielded his camera with artful aplomb. First an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse in 1935 alongside the then-neophyte thespian Robert Preston, he discovered his photographic calling when he shot some snaps of fellow players with a borrowed Leica. By 1939, Dick left acting for a career in photography, creating his first dark room in a spare room at his parents’ home in Los Angeles.

Soon Miller’s images graced the covers of top magazines Saturday Evening Post, Liberty, This Week and more. He honed both technical and artistic skills in film processing and developed his own images, becoming one of the first professional photographers shooting and developing early color photos, known as the tri-color carbro process which preceded the invention of color film.

In March and April 1946, Dick photographed a model provided by the Blue Book Models Agency named Norma Jeane Dougherty, selling a cover photo to True Romance. “She was a really sweet girl,” Miller reminisced. “We took a ride out to the ocean where I photographed her leaning against a tree, then on the beach. She knew how to pose, a real natural. We had to leave the beach abruptly as a large crowd was gathering, a lot of men.”

From 1955 to 1962, Miller freelanced for Globe Photo, covering the entertainment industry. His first on-location assignment was Giant (1955) where his job was to shadow James Dean. They developed a friendship based on a mutual interest in Porsches, and Richard had many opportunities to photograph Dean both on and off set.

“When I was first introduced to Dean on the set,” said Miller, “I made a comment about how much I liked Porsches. We were friends from that moment on. I was very sad when he died a little while later – I think the friendship would have lasted.”

Interested parties should contact Gary Saal directly at 707-566-7825 or at gary@legendslicensing.com. Samples of these recently uncovered images can also be viewed by visiting www.legendslicensing.com.

DIMAGGIO-MONROE AT MOORE COLLEGE

February 10, 2009

ARTNET.COM:
New York installation artist Devon Dikeou is bringing a conceptual-art perspective to the storied romance between Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in her exhibition at the Galleries at Moore at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. “Marilyn Monroe Wanted to Be Buried in Pucci,” Jan. 30-Mar. 14, 2009, features 36 watercolors based on the Pucci design, five photographs of a flag at half mast, shot in 1999 when DiMaggio died, and an urn containing six red roses. Dikeou is having fresh roses sent to the galleries three times a week during the run of the exhibition, just as DiMaggio had roses delivered to Monroe’s grave long after the couple parted. What’s more, the show features a replica of the platinum ring that DiMaggio gave to Monroe (courtesy of Tiffany & Co., the maker of the original), which visitors can try on.

Click here for more info!

MARILYN MONROE: NOT A LEFTY

February 10, 2009
Marilyn was right-handed

Marilyn was right-handed

This was the second column I’ve read recently that states that Marilyn was left-handed. I just wanted to clear the rumour by posting that Marilyn was infact right-handed. There are many images of Marilyn signing autographs and applying make-up with her right hand.