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.
July 30, 2013 |
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”)
July 25, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 |
When Bert Stern photographed the world's most photographed woman, he had a feeling that it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He was right. Six weeks after their boozy sessions in a suite at the Hotel Bel-Air, Marilyn Monroe died of an apparent barbiturate overdose and Stern had more than 2,500 sexy, sweet, sad images that would constitute his best-known legacy. Shooting for a 1962 fashion spread in Vogue, Stern stocked a trove of beads, paper flowers, chiffon scarves and, at the star's request, Dom Perignon champagne.