MARILYN MONROE STILL DESERVES AN OSCAR

June 16, 2009

Marilyn with her Golden Globe Award

Marilyn with her Golden Globe Award

Please read the following article written by Jeffrey Bento-Carrier:
(original link: http://thenorthernlight.canadaeast.com/whatson/article/700333)

 

She was Hollywood’s biggest light for nearly 20 years, but her brightness dimmed, and eventually faded away, much too soon.

It’s been 47 years since Marilyn Monroe, arguably the most recognizable big screen star from the silver era of the movies, passed away under suspicious circumstances for the entire world to mourn.

Monroe was a person who had something filmgoers call ‘it.”

A person who has “it” on celluloid doesn’t know how it happened, but the public always knows what this intangible means.

In Marilyn’s case, it was being sexy without being sleazy, glamorous without being stuck-up, and talented without being conceited.

The ever-sarcastic Groucho Marx, who noticed Marilyn’s appeal many years before she hit it big, was one of the first people in the know who “got” Monroe’s style-over- substance plan. The famed comedian once said she was the type of actor who you couldn’t take your eyes off walking to, or away, from you.

Monroe received numerous awards during her short career, including a Golden Globe for Billy Wilder’s classic Some Like It Hot, but Oscar always snubbed the platinum one.

Maybe it was because she had too much sex appeal, or because of the Actors Studio-style of multiple takes she brought forth in her later work, which alienated her from those who cast the winners’ ballots.

Either way, those who were then in control of the Golden Boy always found an excuse to not make Marilyn a part of the big show.

Although we may never see it, because of politics seen and unseen amongst Academy voters, I think it’s time for the art and sciences guild to honour Ms. Monroe with a lifetime achievement award, or a posthumous Oscar.

In the five decades since she perfected the romantic comedy lead category, few thespians have matched her box office boffo, her amazing screen presence, and her natural style of body movement and diction.

She paid her dues in small parts at the start of her career just like Glenda Jackson, Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, and Meryl Streep did, yet Monroe is not taking seriously when her name is brought up with the above-mentioned Oscar winners as one some of the best comediennes of all-time.

People have always looked at the outside when they judged Marilyn, which I think did her a disservice.

Just because, as we say in the North Shore, she was “built” doesn’t mean she wasn’t the best at what she was.

In classics like Bus Stop, The Misfits, Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve, Some Like It Hot, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she owns ever scene she’s in, because you’re fascinated with how someone with skin like alabaster can hold a moment in time without overwhelming the ones around her with her star power.

In our lives, there was only one Marilyn. To go by another year without her finally being inducted into the Academy’s unofficial hall of fame roll call is a disgrace to her memory and those who knew Norma Jean, the person, better than Ms. Monroe.

The Academy shouldn’t wait until 2012, on the 50th anniversary of her passing, for some backward tribute.

They should get on the ball right now, towards the 2010 award, to finally let her legacy enter the bastion of greatness we all agree she should, finally, be a part of.

 

Jeffrey Bento-Carrier is sports editor of the Bugle-Observer newspaper in Woodstock and a longtime movie buff.

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MARILYN MONROE ITEMS SOLD AT BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS AUCTION HOUSE

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?).

THISISMARILYN.COM

June 6, 2009

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RICHARD AVEDON EXHIBITION TO OPEN IN SAN FRANCISCO

April 29, 2009

ARTDAILY.ORG

As a highlight of its summer exhibitions schedule, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is pleased to present Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946–2004, on view from July 11 through November 29, 2009.

Widely celebrated as one of America’s preeminent photographers, Avedon was among the first to challenge the conventional boundaries between studio photography and reportage. Some of his best-known portraits—a young Bob Dylan standing in the rain, Marilyn Monroe caught in a vulnerable moment, Nastassja Kinski wearing nothing but a boa constrictor—are the most iconic of the 20th century.

Whether photographing politicians, artists, models, or Hollywood stars, Avedon revolutionized the genre of portraiture. His daring style rejected conventional poses and instead captured both motion and emotion in the faces of his subjects, often encapsulating their intrigue in a single honest moment.

SFMOMA is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which is the first major retrospective of the Avedon’s work since his death in 2004. A selection of more than 200 photographs spanning the artist’s entire career are presented roughly chronologically, highlighting major themes and benchmarks of Avedon’s output: his early, post–World War II street scenes; his breakthrough Paris fashion work in the 1950s; his far-reaching survey of American counterculture in the 1960s and ’70s; his Reagan-era series, which focused on ordinary people living in the western United States; and his portraits of the nation’s most influential people.

The exhibition was organized by Helle Crenzien for The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, in cooperation with The Richard Avedon Foundation. Its San Francisco presentation is overseen by SFMOMA Senior Curator of Photography Sandra S. Phillips and is made possible by generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and Credit Suisse.

CECIL BEATON EXHIBITION OPENS IN LONDON

April 29, 2009

SOFEMININE.CA

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.

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SOME LIKE IT HOT – 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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.

FASHION ICONS OVER THE DECADES

April 19, 2009

Sympatico/MSN Entertainment and Fashionism.ca 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.

JULIEN’S SUMMER AUCTION: MARILYN MONROE

April 19, 2009

JULIENSAUCTIONS.COM

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.

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LINDAY LOHAN GETS A ‘MARILYN’ TATTOO

April 19, 2009

Actress/singer Lindsay Lohan has been a self-proclaimed Marilyn fan for quite some time now. She has recently gotten a tattoo on her inner wrist that reads, “Everyone’s a star and deserves the right to twinkle.”

The quote was taken from a telegram Marilyn sent to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kennedy on June 13th, 1962. She was declining a party invite.

The telegram read, “‘Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.”

AUDREY HEPBURN AND MARILYN MONROE EXHIBITION

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 Janine@proudgalleries.co.uk.