Archive for the ‘Fellow ‘Old Hollywood’ Icons’ Category


July 26, 2009

Marilyn on-st of Some Like It Hot 1958

Marilyn on-st of Some Like It Hot 1958

“It’s the story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.”

If you can pin down that quote immediately, and it puts a smile on your face, it’s time to book a trip to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of “Some Like It Hot,” the 1959 film directed by Billy Wilder. Featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, the film also starred the beautiful and historic Hotel del Coronado,  where its external scenes were shot.

The San Diego County hotel celebrates this legendary comedy with a special package this September, with Curtis (who played Joe, as well as “Josephine” and “Junior”) among the special guests slated to attend.

Package: The “Mingle with the Stars! Some Like it Hot Weekend Celebration Package” includes your accommodations as well as the following: a DVD of “Some Like It Hot,” a copy of the book “Some Like It Hot: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion,” and tickets for two for a few weekend events.

On Friday evening, you’ll attend a reception with a chef’s tasting menu and a special cabaret performance with Broadway performer Nancy Anderson. Plus, you’ll get to meet the original band members in the film and a Marilyn Monroe look-alike.

Saturday evening kicks off with cocktails and appetizers during a reception that will include the film’s producer Walter Mirisch. A buffet dinner comes later, along with a presentation by Tony Curtis that will include behind-the-scenes stories of the filming.

The advertised package rate starts at $340 per night (pre-tax and based on double-occupancy) at the Hotel del Coronado, but once you figure in taxes and the $25 daily resort charge for the two nights, your total will be at least $786. The starting rate, pre-tax and not including resort fee, is $595 per night at Beach Village at the Del. A Friday and Saturday night stay is required.

When: Sept. 18-20.

Note: Though Monroe was reportedly not the easiest of actors to work with during the production of Some Like It Hot, she was “on her mettle” while the production was in Coronado. Read more here about this and other fun facts related to the film at Hotel Del.

Contact: Hotel del Coronado, (800) HOTEL DEL

– Susan Derby, Special to the Los Angeles Times

[Photo: Marilyn Monroe played ‘Sugar’ Kane Kowalczyk in this film shot at Hotel del Coronado. Credit: Hotel del Coronado]



April 29, 2009


Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) is one of the most influential and prolific image makers of all time. He created some of the most iconic images of stars such as Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn – never failing to capture their natural elegance and beauty. Throughout the 1920s his photography was featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair, providing an accurate and unique representation of the enchanting era.

From the 22nd April, an exhibition of Beaton’s photographs will be on display at the Chris Beetles Gallery in Central London in collaboration with premier auction house, Sotheby’s. The collection will feature original vintage prints, as well as modern prints produced form initial negatives drawn from the extensive archive at Sotheby’s. Each of the beautiful modern prints will be available in an edition of 50, all adorning the archive’s official stamp. There will also be a fully illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition, available for £10 from the Chris Beetles Gallery.

Click here for more info.


April 29, 2009

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you may want to head over to ArcLightCinemas today for a special viewing of Some Like It Hot. ALC is showing the film today to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary! Click here for more info.


April 19, 2009

Sympatico/MSN Entertainment and have collected a list of starlets that have made an impact in fashion.

The list includes Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Click here to view the entire list.


April 10, 2009

I received the following e-mail regarding an Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe exhibition in honor of Audrey’s 80th birthday, featuring photos by Sam Shaw.


 Proud Central is delighted to present Audrey and Marilyn – Photographs by Sam Shaw. In celebration of Audrey Hepburn’s 80th birthday Proud presents the Sam Shaw Collection, a definitive look at the 20th Century’s foremost female icons – Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.  Showing internationally accredited photographs such as the infamous Marilyn over the Subway grate shot, alongside never before seen shots of Marilyn’s extraordinary life. This exhibition will celebrate Hollywood’s leading ladies in a way rarely seen.

This exhibition has been specially put together for Proud Galleries by the Sam Shaw Archive and will be his first UK show to feature both actresses. This exhibition will not be able to be viewed anywhere else after its time at Proud Central, making it the most important collection of it’s time.

We believe that this exhibition needs to reach the true fans of Marilyn Monroe, those who have loved and idolized her life so passionately over the years. For this reason, we are delighted to invite you along to the exhibition that will be showing between 30th April and 26th July. The address is 32 John Adam Street, London. Admission is free.

We would love to work with you on featuring Audrey and Marilyn – Photographs by Sam Shaw on your website, as a means of allowing as many Marilyn Monroe fans as possible to appreciate and experience this exhibition.  It is an absolute must see.

For all further enquiries please contact


April 10, 2009

Life Magazine has released galleries featuring Marilyn Monroe. Click the links to view them!

Life’s Best Marilyn Photos 

Marilyn and Joe

Marilyn in Swimsuits

Marilyn On Set


There are also galleries of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and stunning Elizabeth Taylor.


March 16, 2009

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


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.


February 25, 2009

Marilyn as Lillian Russell by Richard Avedon

Marilyn as Lillian Russell by Richard Avedon. Owned by

In 1958 Marilyn Monroe posed for photographer Richard Avedon as five of the original sex symbols of the silver screen: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Russell and Theda Bara.

A few days ago I found a listing online from a man who was selling 3 out of 5 of those prints. I inquired about their condition and for photos. After receiving the images I noticed that not only were they in excellent condition but were also framed. The man was selling them for $20 each so of course, I jumped at the offer! He also mentioned he had a fourth picture and that he’d throw it in for free!

The original owner of the prints was a Marilyn collector who recently passed away and his things were shipped from Los Angeles to the seller (who lives in my home town) and he didn’t have the room to keep everything. I let the seller know that I am also a Marilyn fan and would be taking great care of the pictures.

I picked up the pictures the next night and they are gorgeous (and first editions). Each frame is color-matched to each photo and are larger than I expected. The best part of it all is that all 4 prints are autographed by Richard Avedon himself! I’m the happy owner of 4 autographed Richard Avedon Marilyn Monroe pictures 🙂 I never thought I’d say that!


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