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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

December 4, 2009

Michelle Williams could end up playing Marilyn Monroe. Production Weekly has confirmed that she’s in talks to star as the iconic blonde, bombshell in the Simon Curtis film My Week with Marilyn, which starts shooting in June.

At first glance, Williams doesn’t exactly look the part. That’s particularly important with someone like Marilyn, who’s appearance is so iconic and whom playing will usually mean spending time in a wide variety of revealing outfits. But Williams’ is a great actress, one with an ability to completely transform herself.

I never thought Gretchen Mol would be able to pull of Bettie Page, she looks nothing like the famed pin-up, but if you’ve seen The Notorious Bettie Page you know that she pulls off not only her personality but the heavily photographed centerfold’s physical appearance as well. Williams seems capable of pulling off a similar makeover for Marilyn.

At one point Scarlett Johansson was rumored to be up for the part. While she might be a closer match for Marilyn physically, Williams is the better actress. Have you seen Wendy and Lucy? Get to Netflixing.

The movie is based on the diary of someone named Colin Clark, an employee of Laurence Olivier who was put in charge of keeping an eye on Marilyn while in London during 1957.




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]


June 15, 2009

Marilyn Monroe’s contract with actor John Carroll in 1947 for sold $3,660. Her rare black and white photograph by Andre de Dienes, which was estimated to sell for only $400 to $600, sold for $3,355. Other set of her black and white pictures in Korea in 1954 sold for $2,196.

Also up for auction was Marilyn posed as Clara Bow in a photo by Richard Avedon (also autographed by the photographer) estimated at $500-$700. The item sold for only $153 (economy?).


April 19, 2009


Julien’s 2009 Summer Entertainment Sale includes over 700 unique items from legendary Hollywood celebrities and productions – including approximately 150 items from the personal and professional life of Marilyn Monroe and items from the collection of Elvis’ personal physician Dr. George Nichopoulos. Also offered for sale are a collection of never before auctioned wardrobe books and test photographs from early MGM productions and items from the estate of Ann Miller.

Click here for more info.


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


March 3, 2009

Photographing Marilyn Monroe was a dream come true for Bert Stern. It was the kind of eight-page Vogue layout a young fashion photographer waits a lifetime for and rarely gets.

Stern’s three-day shoot in 1962 at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, yielded nearly 2,600 photos. He captured telling pictures of the actress.

Stern had no way of knowing this would be Monroe’s last magazine sitting.

“She didn’t seem depressed or anxious about anything: she sipped her Dom Perignon and was delighted to be doing what she enjoyed,” Stern said.

“She said she never felt better, and she looked utterly fantastic, like something shining and ethereal,” said hairstylist for the Stern shoot George Masters. “This was a lady who talked a lot that week about the future. She had no time for brooding over the past, even the recent past.”

On Dec. 16, Christie’s, New York, featured 36 photos from Bert Stern’s “The Last Sitting” of Marilyn Monroe. The photos were from an exhibition presented at the seventh ‘Mois de la Photo a Paris’, 1992.

Each gelatin silver print was signed, dated and numbered. The photos were varying sizes ranging from 39 inches by 59 ½ inches to 18 ½ inches by 18 5/8 inches.

The collection sold for $146,500.

Read the entire article at


February 22, 2009

The Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction continued Saturday and featured the personal limousine given to Marilyn Monroe by Twentieth Century Fox Studios.

More than 550 exotic cars valued at over $15 million will be showcased over the weekend, in the parking lot of the Spa Resort Casino, 400 E. Amado Road.

“People hunt our company down to sell these unusual one-of-a kind vehicles,” said the event’s organizer, Keith McCormick. “They can go from $100,000 to as much as $600,000.”

The event began Friday with the auction of 80 vehicles and ends today.

The gates open today at 8 a.m. and the first car will cross the auction block at 10 a.m.


February 16, 2009

Click here to check out the many Marilyn exhibitions happening in your area!


February 16, 2009

Arne Sahlen of Kimberley, British Columbia , wrote to the Calgary Herald in response to the Glenbow Museum’s Marilyn: Life As A Legend exhibit stating that the exhibit itself was lacking true respect to Marilyn as a legend.

Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend
should be a high-class dinner, not just frothy desserts. Lacking insightful commentary, the costumes, glossy photos and contrived artworks continue the crass manipulation that haunted her life and death. She deserves better.

Monroe “played the best game with the worst hand of anyone I know,” said author Edward Wagenknecht. Nine foster homes, an orphanage and 11 schools framed her childhood. Her beauty brought fame; then, committed to growing artistically, she faced sarcastic resistance. Her more erratic acts reflected early agonies, the terror of expectations, and pound-of-flesh grasping by self-serving hordes.

Skilled at sketching and poetry, Monroe loved highbrow literature and music. Generous to friends and charities, she championed high ideals, even at risk to her career. She stood for peace and against nuclear weapons. Anti-racist, she aided jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Defying the studio system, she weakened its meat-market control of stars. Gloria Steinem praises her for raising women’s status in business. This lightweight exhibit leaned toward her fluffier, sexier quotes. But she remarked of Hollywood, “they’ll give you $1,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul” and “Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.” Monroe is indeed an icon–of human issues widely shared. There’s much more to her than Life as a Legend.

Arne Sahlen,
Kimberley, B.C.


February 15, 2009

A revealing new documentary about Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: The Last Sessions, revisits her final psychoanalysis sessions with the late Freudian therapist Ralph Greenson, in the months leading up to Monroe’s untimely death in 1962. Worth a look for its archival footage of Monroe with luminaries like Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, George Cukor and John Huston. On CBC Newsworld, 7 and 10pm.