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July 31, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
Since my article about the enduring appeal of Marilyn Monroe appeared in Sunday's Image section, I've received several emails about upcoming events scheduled on or around Aug. 5, which marks the 50 th anniversary of her passing. Meet and greet The Hollywood Museum , which already has an extensive Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collection on exhibit through Sept. 2, (one of our compatriots shares the details here ), is hosting a meet and greet with two men whose collections are on exhibit: Greg Schreiner (president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club)
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April 23, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.” The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn't boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There's even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne. Here are five things we learned from watching: PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella 2014 1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses.
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July 29, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Since her death on Aug. 5, 1962, hundreds of books about Marilyn Monroe have been published by various writers, ranging from famous names such as Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem and Joyce Carol Oates, to people who worked with her on movie sets. With so many choices, its hard to navigate through the Monroe oeuvre, but here are 10 volumes that should nourish the soul of her most ardent fans. "Marilyn: A Biography" (1973). Norman Mailer's controversial, lavish, coffee-table exploration of Monroe includes stunning images by several noted photographers as well as the author's rather grandiose prose.
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April 3, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Good news out of Palm Springs this week: Work has begun on dismantling "Forever Marilyn," the grotesque colossus fabricated with typical ham-handedness by sculptor J. Seward Johnson, which has been marring an already vacant lot at a prominent downtown corner for the last two years. The sculpture is headed out of town by flatbed truck for an exhibition back East. Good news because good riddance. "Forever Marilyn" is a 26-foot-tall leviathan whose claim to notoriety is that it besmirches the memory of a marvelous 1955 movie by the late, great Billy Wilder.
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July 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Marilyn Monroe certainly achieved fame in the course of her 36-year lifetime, but in the five decades since her death, she's become such a celebrity-branding superstar, it often feels as if America's proto-platinum pinup never really left the building at all. She is routinely referenced in store windows and on runways; her image graces such products as glossy magazine covers and wine bottles; and her persona regularly flickers to new life on TV and...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2009 | Debra Levine
The first man to impersonate Marilyn Monroe may well have been her dance coach, Jack Cole. Anticipating the iconic Marilyn, he brought out her exceptional femininity through dance. Monroe copied him in return. A star was born. Monroe's six-movie collaboration with Cole began with 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," the breakthrough film that made her a superstar. Yet the man behind the icon has been forgotten -- an odd missing puzzle piece in view of Monroe's staying power.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
After conquering the desert with star-studded sets at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the last two weekends, Pharrell Williams' iron-clad grip on the pop conversation continues with his latest video, “Marilyn Monroe.” The video, which debuted Wednesday, doesn't boast much of a plot. It does, however, offer plenty of gorgeous women, flashy choreographed vignettes and lots of shots of his beloved, oversize hat. There's even an appearance by Kelly Osbourne. Here are five things we learned from watching: PHOTOS: Faces of Coachella 2014 1. He loves all kinds of women, OK. Pharrell faced some pretty harsh, and woefully unfair, criticism when he released the cover art to his album “Girl,” which featured him and three women all clad in robes and sunglasses.
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December 12, 2011
'The Prince and the Showgirl' (1957) "My Week With Marilyn" depicts the making of "Showgirl," which costarred Monroe with Laurence Olivier, who famously told her: "All you have to do is be sexy, dear Marilyn. " 'The Misfits' (1961) The last feature completed by Monroe and costar Clark Gable was a box-office flop but was critically acclaimed. 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953) One of Monroe's best-remembered films featured Monroe's performance of the song often associated with the blond bombshell, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.
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March 31, 2014 | By David Ng
After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey. But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it. "We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.'  It is where she belongs," said  Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.
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August 3, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Sunday is the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death.  One of the many disappointments to befall the actress'  tragic life was her struggle to have a child, having suffered multiple miscarriages. Very few images of a pregnant Monroe exist but famed celebrity photograper Phil Stern found himself at the right place at the right time during her last pregnancy with third husband, playwright Arthur Miller. In 1958, Look magazine assigned Stern to capture what studio mogul Sam Goldwyn saw through his office window.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By David Ng
After a two-year stay, Marilyn Monroe is saying farewell to Palm Springs. "Forever Marilyn," the three-story-tall sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, will be dismantled this week so that the leggy tourist attraction can be shipped to its next location, the Grounds for Sculpture in central New Jersey. But there is already talk of bringing the blond bombshell back to Palm Springs -- permanently. Some local leaders believe the artwork embodies the city's glamorous history, and they want to purchase it. "We are determined to bring Marilyn back to us 'forever.'  It is where she belongs," said  Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, a local tourism organization that helped to pay for the sculpture's visit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
PALM SPRINGS -- She loomed over a bustling corner in downtown, a re-creation of Marilyn Monroe in that classic pose, standing 26 feet tall. The statue had been there for just under two years, but it had become such a draw that some came to think she'd be there forever. But the statue - "Forever Marilyn," the work of sculptor Seward Johnson - is moving on. "She will be, in my opinion, missed immensely," said Aftab Dada, chairman of PS Resorts, the collective of Palm Springs hotels responsible for bringing the statue here, setting her up on an empty corner along a strand of shops and restaurants.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The three gunshots fired in Dallas 50 years ago meant a presidential legacy unfulfilled - and a personal life unresolved. The sorry mess of sexual exploits that President John F. Kennedy left behind took years to emerge. The supporting cast was vast, and I knew one of them, a woman who was, next to Marilyn Monroe, the most famous one, though not by her choice. Judith Campbell Exner was the first of JFK's lovers to be publicly identified, and so she was pilloried by a public furious at learning that at least one wing of Camelot had more in common with the Playboy Club.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By David Horsey
A half-century ago, John F. Kennedy, Walter Cronkite and Marilyn Monroe were celebrities in their own spheres, but they stayed in their spheres. JFK never tried to be anything but a political figure, Cronkite never strayed from journalism and Marilyn was a movie star, not a pundit or a politician. A great deal has changed since then. Now, in a time when Sarah Palin has been a vice presidential candidate, a commentator on Fox News and host of her own reality TV show, the walls that used to divide politics, journalism and entertainment have a lot of swinging doors.
NEWS
September 11, 2013 | By David Colker
Long before production designer Charles Lisanby -- who recently died at age 89 -- became known for his lavish sets for 1980s TV music specials starring Barry Manilow, Diana Ross and many others, he and his best friend in New York constantly practiced drawing together. They even traveled together around the world in 1956, studying art and culture in several countries in Asia and Europe. Eventually Lisanby moved to Hollywood to make his mark. His friend -- Andy Warhol -- stayed in New York, and of course became world-famous.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
Top of crops: Proving that no matter how many times designers show crop tops on the runway, the only place they truly translate is in Hollywood, Shailene Woodley (who seems to have a particular penchant for the crop) stepped out in the above Proenza Schouler look at a screening from "The Spectacular Now" Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The cropped top and skirt ensemble is from Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez's Resort 2014 collection. The dream-catcher necklace by H.O.W.L.
NEWS
July 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
In working on a  story  for Sunday's Image section about how Marilyn Monroe's brand continues to march on a half-century after her untimely death I ran across all kinds of  licensed products and properties  bearing her name and likeness, many of which appear in a companion piece running in the same issue. Photo Gallery: Marilyn Monroe Merchandise But two of the more ambitious are the separate projects underway to open both a chain of Marilyn Monroe cafes and Marilyn Monroe nail salon-day spas -- both of which are being done in cooperation with (and licensed through)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2009 | Rene Stutzman
Joseph Jasgur, the photographer who shot pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was just a 19-year-old brunet hoping to break into modeling, has died in an Orlando, Fla.-area nursing home. Jasgur had been ill for months. 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.
NEWS
July 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Marilyn Monroe, who shuffled off this mortal coil Aug. 5, 1962, is being remembered in a three-day series of events involving the Hollywood Museum on Saturday through Monday. Events on tap include a Saturday meet-and-greet from  1 to 3 p.m. at the museum with collectors Greg Schreiner, president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club and Scott Fortner, president of the Marilyn fan club. On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., the museum hosts a series of book signings that include Lois Banner (author of “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox”)
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Marilyn Monroe can't seem to say goodbye to Palm Springs. The 26-foot "Forever Marilyn" statue slated to leave sometime in September will remain in place until mid-November before shoving off for New Jersey, a city tourism site announced. This is the second extension for the  "Forever Marilyn" statue by Seward Johnson, which arrived in May 2012. "The online posts, the many emails, events and celebrations, all have shown the [Sculpture] Foundation and artist Seward Johnson how a community can be inventive and enhance the experience of public art," foundation director Paula Stoeke said in a statement from PS-Resorts.com.
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