George Bailey, author of Marilyn Monroe and the Making of Niagara, has spoken to NiagaraThisWeek about his father’s memories of the 1952 location shoot.
“Photographer George Bailey was just eight years old at the time of Monroe’s visit to Niagara but he remembers his father, Manny, talking about his many encounters with her.
‘My dad, who was second mate of the Maid of the Mist, had the chance to be near her many times,’ Bailey says. ‘His impression was that she was most definitely a beautiful lady but very shy or perhaps insecure.’
Manny Bailey even made it into the final cut of the movie, Bailey says.
‘Don’t blink. He’s in a scene on the plankway of the Maid of the Mist. Now, how many people can say they know someone who appeared in a movie with Marilyn Monroe?’”