Marilyn’s Bombshell Beauty Guide

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A well-researched article about Marilyn’s beauty routine, including direct quotes from MM herself, is published today by Vogue.

“Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more attractive . . . or any healthier, for that matter. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.”

DiMaggio Doctor Tells All About Joe, Marilyn

Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio, 1961
Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio, 1961

Dr. Rock Positano, podiatrist to Joe DiMaggio, has written a tell-all book about his former friend, reports the New York Post‘s Richard Johnson.

“Positano — the Hospital for Special Surgery expert known for his non-surgical approach to treating foot disorders — befriended DiMaggio in 1990 when he cured the Yankee Clipper of painful bone spurs.

Though DiMaggio was famously irascible and standoffish, he took a shine to his fellow Italian-American. During their many meals and travels together, DiMaggio revealed his innermost thoughts to Positano and other members of his ‘Bat Pack.’

Rock has finally shared his fond memories of DiMaggio with his lawyer brother, John Positano, who wrote it all down in Dark Icon, a loving tribute recently sent to publishers.

The manuscript I read states clearly that Monroe was the love of Joe’s life. ‘When we got together in the bedroom, it was like the gods were fighting,’ Joltin’ Joe told Rock. ‘There was lightning and thunderclouds above us.’

The sex bomb’s alleged infertility was the breaking point. ‘Marilyn was hurt by the woman thing . . . her inability to have children,’ DiMaggio told his friend.”

Positano also claims that DiMaggio blamed the Kennedys for Marilyn’s demise, and that impotency prevented him from marrying again.

However, as DiMaggio rarely talked about his private affairs – even among close friends – Positano’s claims should probably be taken with a large dose of salt.

Marilyn, Jerry Lewis and ‘Some Like it Hot’

Marilyn with Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis (right) at the Redbook Awards, 1953
Marilyn with Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis (right) at the Redbook Awards, 1953

Comedian Jerry Lewis has claimed that he turned down the role of Jerry/Daphne in Some Like it Hot, which was ultimately played by Jack Lemmon, the New York Post‘s Page Six column reports. Lewis revealed his greatest regret to film director Martin Scorsese and critic while being induced into the Comedy Hall of Fame this week.

“I would have had a chance to kiss Marilyn Monroe. Instead, [director Billy] Wilder called me ‘the schmuck who turned down Some Like It Hot’ for the rest of his life, and Lemmon [who was nominated for an Oscar for it] sent me chocolates every year until he died.’’

Marilyn was fond of Jerry Lewis. She appeared on his radio show with Dean Martin in 1952, and later named Lewis among a list of attractive men in a magazine interview. When Lewis was being honoured for charitable work in 1955, Marilyn stepped up to the mic to give him a kiss, adding, ‘I love you, Jerry.’

However, Lewis wouldn’t have had an opportunity to kiss her again in Some Like it Hot. While MM and Lemmon briefly – and chastely – shared a bunkbed during the train scene, her love interest in the movie was played by Tony Curtis.

In recent years, Lewis has even claimed he had an affair with Marilyn, though there is no evidence to support that allegation.

Marilyn’s ‘Dougherty House’ Blitz Spurs Lawsuit

The former Dougherty home at Hermitage Avenue, before demolition
The former Dougherty home at Hermitage Avenue, before demolition

After the news that Marilyn’s former home with the Doughertys at Hermitage Avenue was demolished in June, local residents have filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, reports the L.A. Times.

The empty lot at the interesection of Hermitage Avenue and Weddington Street
The empty lot at the interesection of Hermitage Avenue and Weddington Street

“Los Angeles is facing a lawsuit over the demolition of a San Fernando Valley house that Marilyn Monroe once lived in, filed by residents who argue that the city trampled state and local laws when the City Council gave the green light for new condos to be built there.

But the court battle goes beyond the legacy of the blond bombshell. The suit accuses the City Council of illegally agreeing to routinely back any development project supported by the council member who represents a given area, including the condo project that led to razing the Valley Village home.

The council voted unanimously last month to allow developer Joe Salem to move ahead with plans for a five-unit condominium building on the site of the demolished home. Save Valley Village is seeking to reverse city approval of the project, revoke its permits and stop it from getting any more approvals.

The house at the heart of the latest dispute was torn down days before a Cultural Heritage Commission hearing on whether to consider making the silver screen star’s onetime home a historic monument. Monroe lived in the back unit at the Hermitage Avenue property with her in-laws while her first husband, Jim Dougherty, was serving overseas.

Building department officials said the demolition permit had been obtained before the historic monument application was filed. Even if the house had remained intact, city staffers did not recommend considering the house as a possible monument, arguing that Monroe didn’t break into the film industry until years later.

Monroe ‘only resided at the property for one year and did not live in the unit during the productive period of her career,’ a report by city planning officials said.

Save Valley Village counters that the home captured the essence of her life at a crucial stage. ‘While Norma Jean was born at County Hospital in Lincoln Heights, Marilyn Monroe’s career was born while living in this house,’ the lawsuit argues.

The group also contends that the city had ‘overwhelming evidence’ that it should have prepared an environmental impact report on the planned condos. That report would have considered possible alternatives to tearing down the Hermitage Avenue building, such as relocating it elsewhere, MacNaughton said.

The lawsuit also argues that Salem illegally demolished the home because the proper notices and inspections had not been done and that city officials knew it — or should have known.”

Love and Loss: Marilyn and Frank

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100 Years Sinatra: The Legend and the Voice, a large, glossy UK magazine special celebrating Frank Sinatra’s centenary, includes a two-page spread about his romance with MM, written by Glenn Dunks and featuring a rare photo of Marilyn attending a Sinatra concert at Las Vegas nightspot The Sands in 1961, which appears to show Elizabeth Taylor in the background. Available now at WH Smith.

Thanks to Fraser Penney

Celebrating Marilyn in Australia

Richard Lartner, 1970
‘Marilyn (Has Track Set)’ by Australian artist Richard Lartner, 1970

After touring the US and Brazil, Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon – an exhibition of art and photography, featuring works by Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol,  Henri Cartier-Bresson, Antonio de Felipe, Milton H. Greene, and pop artist Richard Lartner – will make its Australian debut at the newly opened Murray Art Museum in Albury, New South Wales, from February 12-May 8, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

A ‘Festival of Marilyn’ would be held to complement the MAMA exhibition, including screenings of her movies, period furniture and memorabilia sourced from public and private collections in Australia.

Celebrating #Fox100 With Marilyn

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As part of Twentieth Century-Fox’s centenary celebrations, 100 films will now be released digitally for the first time, including two Marilyn rarities: her first film, Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!, in which she makes a fleeting appearance; and Marilyn, the 1963 documentary narrated by Rock Hudson, which has never been released on video or DVD. How to Marry a Millionaire will also be available, as well as The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, the 1947  Betty Grable movie in which Marilyn was rumoured to have been an extra (however, this remains unconfirmed as she cannot be seen.)

More information on Fox100 over at Cinematically Insane.