This month’s updates include an article by me on photographer Ed Feingersh
A Richard Avedon portrait of Marilyn Monroe (estimated at $100,000 to $150,000) will be auctioned by Christie’s in November, as part of the Paris Photo Fair.
“George Austin Hay weaves his way through a ballroom at the Astor Hotel and engages the woman, who’s wearing a tight-fitting lamé dress. They exchange pleasantries about the theater, he inquires about her study with Lee Strasberg, they say goodbye. Three minutes with Marilyn Monroe at an Actors’ Equity party.
This is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, he thinks.”
At the Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto, July 3-6
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
7:30 (plus 4:00 Sat/Sun)
In today’s LA Times, fashion pundit Freddie Lieba salutes 22 seminal film frocks that bewitched the world. Three of the selections are from Marilyn Monroe’s movies, including this Dorothy Jeakins dress from Niagara (1953).
“Marilyn Monroe plays a femme fatale in this film, and the pink taffeta dress was simply perfect for a seductress—there was both a bow and a cutout near her bosoms. They also famously cut off a little of her high heels to make her hips wobble more and pitch her walk a bit differently and make her somehow look sexier. It was a very risqué look at the time. Niagara was banned by churches when it was first released.”
Can you guess what Freddie’s other choices were?
“Not far from Virginia City is the former mining town of Dayton. However, Dayton — immediately off Highway 50 — became famous not for gold and silver, but for its role as a backdrop for The Misfits, a 1961 movie starring Clark Cable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift.
In the movie, Mia’s restaurant in Dayton was used, and if you take a little time to visit the restaurant’s contiguous bar, you’ll see life-size photographs of Marilyn Monroe.
Knowing about the movie’s impact on the area, we camped one night in Dayton and then watched the movie on DVD. With a little direction from the bartender, we found the setting for a major scene in which Marilyn Monroe had sat on a pile of trash, listening as Montgomery Clift poured out his tales of broken-hearted loves. Clift played a masterful role as a cowboy working rodeos, and Gable had the role of an aging cowboy determined at times to lose himself in the empty space of Nevada. Here, we soon discovered, you can easily do that better than most any place else in America, definitely making Highway 50 the road to ride.”
Footage from The Misfits
If you remember The Misfits filming in Dayton, please share your memories – more info here