A very private and rather sad letter that Marilyn wrote to Lee Strasberg is to be auctioned by Profiles in History on May 30th. It will also be included in a preview exhibition at the Douglas Elliman Gallery on Madison Avenue, New York, from April 8th-16th, reports Yahoo.
Personally, I find it distasteful that such an item has been put on the open market – especially since many news sites have sensationally described it as ‘suicidal’.
All of Marilyn’s letters have historic value, of course, and should be preserved – but in a university, library, or museum. Her emotional pain should not be exploited for profit.
It was written on Hotel Bel Air paper, and so may date from the filming of Some Like it Hot, a notoriously stressful shoot.
Her handwriting is quite difficult to read, but members of the Everlasting Star forum have been working on a transcript:
“Hotel Bel Air
701 Stone Canyon Road Los Angeles
I’m embarrassed to start this but thank you for understanding and having changed my life – even though you changed it I still am lost. I mean I can’t get myself together – I think it’s because everything is pulling against my concentration, everything one does or lives is impossible almost. You once said, the first time I heard you talk at the Actors’ Studio that ‘there is onlyconcentration between the actor and suicide.’ As soon as I walk into a scene I lose my mental relaxation for some reason, which is my concentration. My will is weak but I can’t stand anything. I sound crazy, but I think I’m going crazy.
Thanks for letting Paula help me on the picture. She is the only thoroughly warm woman I’ve known. It’s just that I get before the camera and my concentration and everything I’m trying to learn leaves me. Then I feel like I’m not existing in the human race at all.
Marilyn Wines have just released the ‘2012 Norma Jeane‘, priced at $13, inspired by Bruno Bernard’s pin-up photo of the young starlet: ‘100% Merlot from the Lodi AVA of California…rich in color with dark berry flavors end ready to enjoy.’
Marilyn: Norma Jeane, the bestselling 1988 collaboration between feminist author Gloria Steinem and photographer George Barris, has been reissued for Kindle and other ebook formats by Open Road Publishing.
While I don’t know how many photos are featured in this edition, and Steinem’s take on Marilyn’s life has proved somewhat controversial, it remains one of the most influential texts about her and is well worth a look.
Supermodel Eva Herzigova has recreated the pool scene from Something’s Got to Give, in a commercial for shoe designer Brian Atwood.
The clip (which you can view here) is more risque than the original, with a jazzy soundtrack. However, I felt that it lacked the innocent charm of Marilyn’s version (compare here.)
It is not the first time that Eva (who found fame with her Wonderbra ads in the 1990s) has imitated Marilyn’s style. This shot from a Monroe-inspired photo shoot is often mistaken for the real thing by the uninitiated.