Archive for March, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHER JOSEPH JASGUR PASSES AWAY

March 25, 2009

Joseph Jasgur with Marilyn Monroe (then Norma Jeane) in 1946

Joseph Jasgur with Marilyn Monroe (then Norma Jeane) in 1946

 

ORLANDOSENTINAL.COM
Joseph Jasgur, the photographer who shot pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was just a 19-year-old brunette hoping to break into modeling (also the photographer to claim she had 6 toes on her left foot), has died in an Orlando-area nursing home. He died of natural causes Saturday, two days before his 90th birthday.

He spent the last years of his life trying to win back the legal rights to those photos, as well as hundreds of others that he shot in golden-era Hollywood during the 1940s and ’50s.

Jasgur was just 26 when Monroe, then known as Norma Jean Dougherty, walked into his Los Angeles photo studio in 1946. She had no money but wanted to become a model. Jasgur led her into the alley and snapped several shots. During the next three weeks, Jasgur shot dozens more: Norma Jean in the Hollywood Hills, Norma Jean at the beach.

Jasgur is survived by a daughter, Cindy Ferrier of East Windsor, N.J.

MM AT H&M

March 25, 2009

I was at H&M yesterday and ran into Marilyn Monroe. Twice.

I found a pink t-shirt with Marilyn’s face on it and grabbed it right away. I was iffy on puchasing it because the only reason I was buying it was cuz of Marilyn, otherwise I wouldn’t wear the shirt. It just looked like a typical Marilyn shirt you’d find at one of those collectible stores. Then I saw a long black tank top with a low back with the same Marilyn photo on the front. Now THIS I could work with! The only thing that annoyed me was that the picture was “mirrored”/backwards (her mole is on the wrong side).

I grabbed myself a black tank and put the pink shirt back where I had found it. Both were only $19.99, but I’d only wear the tank top. A girl 5’3” and under could actually use it as a dress. Check it out below!

MM tank from H&M. Wear a white tank underneath, throw some long, layered necklaces, stack on a bunch of different bracelets, some dark skinny jeans and hot heels!

MM tank from H&M. Wear it with a 'wifebeater' tank underneath (white is fine, but colored is better), throw on some long, layered necklaces, stack on a bunch of different bracelets, pair with dark skinny jeans and hot heels!

THE HISTORIC WILSHIRE THEATRE IS GETTING A NEW NAME

March 16, 2009

I just read this article about the famous Wilshire Theatre being re-named after some people who are renovating it. I am completely against this. This is a historical place, leave it alone! When things like this happen it worries me that the best era of Hollywood will soon be lost.

The premiere of How To Marry A Millionaire was at the Wilshire Theatre. After renovations this coming fall, the theatre will be known as the Saban Theatre. No class.

CAL NEVA TUNNELS FILLED WITH HISTORY

March 16, 2009

Click here to read a great article about the Cal Neva tunnels and their Hollywood history.

MARILYN’S CORAL-COLORED DRESS

March 16, 2009
Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

I was shopping at a local mall over the weekend and found a similar dress to Marilyn’s coral-colored dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It doesn’t have the beading across the top and down the middle but otherwise it is very similar, however it does stop at the knee.

For those who are interested, the store that sells the dress is called Le Chateau.

ANOTHER COLUMN ON WEIGHT, ANOTHER REFERENCE TO MARILYN

March 16, 2009

I just read this article written about some character choices for the movie Twilight.  The column discusses weight and (naturally) makes a reference to Marilyn Monroe, stating she was a size 14, not a size 2.

The funny thing about the writers comment saying that Marilyn was a size 14 and not a size 2 is that Marilyn was actually around a size 12 in vintage clothing sizes and they are equal to about a size 4 in present sizes.  Size 12’s in the 50’s had 25 inch waists. Dress sizing changed over the years, so if Marilyn were alive today she would be wearing dresses in sizes 4-6, and could possibly slip into a size 2.

The point of the matter is to stop judging everyone on their size, whether you feel they are big or small. Being HEALTHY is what is important!

BLONDE AMBITION BARBIE 2009: MARILYN MONROE

March 6, 2009

The month is finally here! March! I pre-ordered my Blonde Ambition Marilyn Monroe Barbie back in the late summer and have been patiently waiting for it’s March 2009 release. Haven’t ordered yours yet? Click here! 

Marilyn Monroe Blonde Ambition Barbie 2009

Marilyn Monroe Blonde Ambition Barbie 2009

STUDENT PAINTS ‘OLD HOLLYWOOD’

March 6, 2009

THETRIANGLE.ORG – Paulina Malek:
Arielle Esdale, a junior design and merchandising student, will showcase her acrylics on canvas of portrait art entitled “Old Hollywood Glamour” at TONY, a chic boutique in Old City, beginning First Friday, March 6 and will run through March 8.

According to Esdale, the stars of that era were naturally beautiful and represent “the epitome of class: the way they talked, the way they dressed.”

The boutique will display approximately 20 acrylic paintings of Old Hollywood movie stars of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s including Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sofia Loren and more, as well as three abstracts.

I just wanted to mention that although Marilyn did appear in a couple of films in the very late 40’s, she was not considered an icon until the 50’s. Audrey Hepburn also became famous in the 50’s, not the 40’s. Click here to continue reading the story.

METROPOLIS’ HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM TO REOPEN

March 6, 2009

Back in January, the Metropolis Hollywood Museum was flooded as a frozen pipe burst causing damage to the building, including a room dedicated to Marilyn Monroe. Click here to read about the reopening.

2009 ARTEXPO IN NEW YORK

March 6, 2009

Lorenzo Dominguez of the NY Photography Examiner attended the 2009 Artexpo in New York this past weekend where images of Marilyn Monroe were on display. Click here to read about his experience.