July 31, 2012 |
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)
July 29, 2012 |
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.
August 9, 2009 |
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.
August 4, 2012 |
Once upon a time, before she was the ultimate screen sex symbol, before she became an icon and source material for generations of writers and artists, Marilyn Monroe was a working actress. She died 50 years ago this Sunday at the age of 36 from an overdose and in the intervening years the actual person has disappeared behind the myth of "Marilyn Monroe. " A visit to her place of rest at the Westwood Village Memorial Park offers testimony to the power of her memory. The wall of her crypt had to be replaced multiple times because of fans who made a pilgrimage there to caress, embrace and kiss it. But she was real, and to those who knew her Monroe was a devoted, if troubled, actress who took her craft seriously.
December 10, 2011 |
Michelle Williams had hesitations about signing on to "My Week With Marilyn" - particularly fear over whether she'd be able to portray Marilyn Monroe in an accurate fashion. But the actress also had questions about the veracity of the tale at the heart of the film, which was released late last month and is being advertised as being "based on a true story. " And she's hardly alone. The movie centers on Monroe during the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl" in 1956. Facing marital troubles with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller, and plagued with insecurity about her acting abilities, the film shows the 30-year-old Monroe finding solace in a romantic relationship with a lowly, 23-year-old assistant director, Colin Clark.
July 29, 2012 |
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...