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‘Loves of Marilyn’ at WH Smith

UK readers may interested to know that ‘The Loves of Marilyn‘, a Life magazine special recently released in the US, is now available exclusively at WH Smith for £8.99. Thanks to Fraser Penney 


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Liz Smith on Kazan, Miller, and Marilyn

Liz Smith, ‘the grande dame of dish’, has shared her thoughts on Elia Kazan’s recently-published letter about Marilyn in her latest syndicated piece – and it’s a doozy. You can read it in full here. “The cruel irony/P.S. to this … Continue reading


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Marilyn: The Globes’ Golden Girl

It’s great to see Marilyn getting some attention on the Golden Globe website. She is pictured here on March 10, 1960, clutching her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, after her triumph in Some Like It … Continue reading


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Sammy, Marilyn and May Britt

This rare photo of Marilyn with actress May Britt is published in a new book, Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey With My Father, by Tracey Davis and Nina Bunche Pierce. Swedish-born actress May Britt married Sammy Davis Jr in 1959. … Continue reading


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‘Trouble Doll’: Dennis Hopper on Marilyn

Born in 1936, Dennis Hopper played supporting roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant alongside his friend, James Dean, before falling out of favour with Hollywood. In 1959 he began five years of study with Lee Strasberg at the … Continue reading


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Debbie Harry on Marilyn

In the current issue of UK music magazine Mojo, cover star Debbie Harry – adopted as a baby in 1945, and a pop icon since she emerged in the late ’70s as Blondie’s frontwoman – explains why she daydreamed as … Continue reading


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Maureen Stapleton on Marilyn

Born in 1925, Maureen Stapleton was an award-winning actress of stage and screen. An Actors Studio alumni, Maureen performed a scene from Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie, with Marilyn in the title role, before Lee Strasberg and an audience of fellow … Continue reading


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‘Playboy’ Rides Again

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, Playboy is re-releasing its first issue, from December 1953 – with Marilyn on the cover and inside. And this is not a one-off special – the same edition was previously reissued in 2007. … Continue reading


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Elia Kazan’s Private Letters

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan, due to be published on April 22, has been excerpted in the Hollywood Reporter. One of the letters, written to wife Molly in 1955, is a confession of his affair with Marilyn four years … Continue reading


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Return of the White Dress

Marilyn had a penchant for the colour white. Like Jean Harlow before her, she decorated her homes in white, and often wore white to accentuate her platinum blonde aura. Her billowing white dress from The Seven Year Itch is the most famous … Continue reading


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