When Marilyn Landed in Chicago

When Hollywood Landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport: The Photos and Stories of Mike Rotunno, a new book by Christopher Lynch, features Marilyn passing through Chicago on her way to Bement, Illinois, in 1955.

“The flash of his camera sent Al Capone diving to the floor. He was asked to escort Bob Hope’s wife to church and to hide John Barrymore from his mistress. Cary Grant demanded a shoeshine, Eleanor Roosevelt demanded an apology and Harry Truman demanded a bourbon. Photographer Mike Rotunno was the man on the scene when Chicago’s Midway Airport was the crossroads of the world and people walked its concourses just to catch a glimpse of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Bump into Bud Abbott, John Wayne, Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe as Christopher Lynch pieces together the amazing story left behind in fifty years of photographs and journals.”

Thanks to Fraser Penney

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