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Fire at Racquet Club, Palm Springs

Fire engulfed parts of the historic Palm Springs Racquet Club on Wednesday, reports the Desert Sun. Opened by Charlie Farrell and Ralph Bellamy in 1934, the Racquet Club was known as a Hollywood hangout frequented by many stars including a young … Continue reading

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Marilyn at the Villa Nova: Then and Now

An article for WeHoVille looks back at the history of the former Villa Nova restaurant on Sunset Strip (once a hangout for Old Hollywood’s elite, now the Rainbow Bar and Grill.) “Countercultural hippies. Rock ’n’ roll. Hollywood’s Golden Age. Over … Continue reading

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Marilyn: A New, Illustrated Biography

Hardly a year goes by without a new pictorial biography of Marilyn hitting bookstores. This latest, budget-priced tome has just been released on, and will probably soon be made available elsewhere. It’s 80pp in total, and its dimensions are 10.7 … Continue reading

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James Garner and ‘Something’s Got to Give’

Actor James Garner, who first found fame as a comedic cowboy in the 1950s TV series, Maverick, has died aged 86. His most popular role was that of private detective Jim Rockford in the long-running series, The Rockford Files. He also made … Continue reading

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Robert Stein on Feingersh, Marilyn, and Joe

The respected journalist and editor, Robert Stein, has died aged 90, reports the New York Times. As editor-in-chief of Redbook during the 1950s, Stein oversaw several profiles of MM, including ‘The Marilyn Monroe You’ve Never Seen‘, a 1955 cover story … Continue reading

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Elaine Stritch 1925-2014

American actress Elaine Stritch, whose remarkable career spanned eight decades, has died aged 89, a sad event commemorated by her longtime friend, columnist Liz Smith, in today’s Boston Herald. Stritch made her Broadway debut in 1944, and went on to … Continue reading

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Marilyn UK DVD Bargain Deal (But Hurry!)

This boxset, containing no less than 17 of Marilyn’s finest films, is currently available on Amazon UK for the bargain price of just £18 as a deal of the week. Postage is free, so if you don’t own these already, … Continue reading

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‘Don’t Go, Monroe’: Tale of a Chinese Statue

You may have thought Seward Johnson’s ‘Forever Marilyn’ statue was the largest of its kind, but a Chinese real estate company went one better with a very similar, but even bigger likeness, unveiled at a shopping mall in Guigang in … Continue reading

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More Marilyn in Perth, Australia

In addition to the current Richard Avedon: People exhibit at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Marilyn also features in a smaller display at Linton and Kay Galleries, focusing on her work with Los Angeles-based photographers such as … Continue reading

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Comic Strip Mourns Marilyn

As with other famous tragedies, many people remember where they were when Marilyn died. This excerpt from John Wilcock: The New York Years (an ongoing comic book biography of underground publisher John Wilcock, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall), recreates the … Continue reading

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