March 31, 2014 |
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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February 26, 2014 |
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.
November 21, 2013 |
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.
November 20, 2013 |
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.
September 11, 2013 |
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.
July 31, 2013 |
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.