August 3, 2012 |
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.
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March 26, 2009 |
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.
July 29, 2012 |
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)
May 2, 2012 |
Californians will soon have to chance to see what's hidden beneath Marilyn Monroe's skirt. "Forever Marilyn," the 26-foot-tall statue that has become a controversial fixture on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, will leave its post Monday. NBC Chicago reports the sculpture by Seward Johnson will be installed next month in Palm Springs at Tahquitz Canyon and Palm Canyon drives and stay until next June. The Sculpture Foundation, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based organization that provided "Forever Marilyn" to Chicago at no cost, will release the exact location and more details Friday.
May 31, 2013 |
Kim Kardashian was walking along a street in Beverly Hills when a gust of wind caught her full skirt, blowing it upward in a scene similar to Marilyn Monroe's famous skirt-billowing episode in "The Seven Year Itch. " Kardashian was able to keep the skirt from revealing too much, though. [Los Angeles Times] Hillary Clinton is slated to be among the presenters at the Council of Fashion Designers of America annual awards on Monday night in New York City. Clinton is to present the Founders Award to Oscar de la Renta.
July 29, 2012 |
Helen of Troy may have been the beauty whose face famously "launched a thousand ships," but when it comes to moving merchandise, inspiring artists and spilling ink, she can't hold a candle to Marilyn Monroe, whose presence can be felt in almost every corner of popular culture. What follows is a selected list of products that carry her imprint. - Adam Tschorn Advertising The actress' name and image have been used to sell a mind-boggling array of products from khakis andCoca-Colato cars and cosmetics, but one of the more memorable ads to leverage the legend didn't use her likeness at all. In a 1995 print ad, a vodka bottle sits atop a subway grate as the lettering from its label billows about the same way Monroe's dress does in that iconic scene from "The Seven Year Itch.
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August 14, 2009 |
Richard Poncher's eternal sleep will soon be disrupted. The onetime Beverly Hills resident, who died 23 years ago at the age of 81, will be moving out of the crypt above Marilyn Monroe's resting spot at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery. Poncher's wife intends to sell the crypt, said to have once been owned by Monroe's former husband, Yankee great Joe DiMaggio. So although the plaque on Poncher's crypt reads: "To the man who gave us everything and more," his wife, Elsie, is hoping that he has just a little more to give.
August 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A tiny apartment in a run-down industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn is not where you'd expect to be looking at original color negatives of Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve, Julie Newmar and Sophia Loren - especially using a bare light bulb and sheet of typing paper as a light box. But that is what happened on a recent night, when the iconic commercial and celebrity photographer Bert Stern - perhaps known...
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.
August 5, 2012 |
Why is Marilyn Monroe still an American icon 50 years after her death? She is endlessly analyzed in films and biographies; her image appears on T-shirts and posters; her popularity is reflected in the 52,000 Marilyn-related items for sale on EBay. My USC students, fixated on contemporary pop culture, know little about 1950s Hollywood stars, except for Monroe. Like everyone else, they puzzle over her death, respond to her beauty, recognize her paradoxes: the ur-blond child-woman, the virgin-whore of the Western imagination.