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Michael Cohen: Reading With Marilyn

Photographs of Marilyn reading are quite common, and author Michael Cohen has chosen this picture – taken by Jock Carroll, while Marilyn was lying in bed and reading her script for Niagara in her hotel suite during the summer of 1952 … Continue reading


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Marilyn and the House of Westmore

More than sixty years before Max Factor chose Marilyn as their poster girl, her image was regularly used to promote House of Westmore, Hollywood’s homegrown beauty business. Mary Mallory has investigated the company’s glamorous past for her L.A. Daily Mirror … Continue reading


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‘Monkey Business’ for Marilyn and Cary

Writing for the BFI blog, Samuel Wigley names Monkey Business - the Howard Hawks farce in which Marilyn plays the hapless Miss Laurel – among co-star Cary Grant’s ten best movies. (Wigley gets one thing wrong, though – Lois is the … Continue reading


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‘Oscar-Worthy’ Marilyn as Sugar

“Hey, Garbo never won, either. Monroe was never even nominated.” – Liz Smith, New York Social Diary With awards season underway, Entertainment Weekly has named the 51 Greatest Performances Overlooked by Oscar – with Marilyn’s unforgettable turn as Sugar Kane in … Continue reading


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David Gainsborough Roberts to Sell Marilyn Collection

One of the world’s leading collectors of Marilyn memorabilia, David Gainsborough Roberts, will be selling his collection next year – probably in time for her 90th birthday, reports BBC News. I was fortunate enough to see part of Mr Roberts’ … Continue reading


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Joe Franklin 1926-2015

Joe Franklin, who co-authored the first American biography of Marilyn in 1953, has died aged 88, reports the Chicago Tribune. Born less than two months before Marilyn, his childhood friend was Bernard Schwartz (better known as Tony Curtis.) He began his … Continue reading


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‘The Mmm Girl’ Back in Print

I’m delighted to announce that The Mmm Girl, my novel about the life of Marilyn Monroe, is finally back in print. This edition includes a new prologue and ten additional passages: including Marilyn’s diverse encounters with teenage fans and world leaders; … Continue reading


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Marilyn Linked to White Barn Theatre

According to New Canaan News, the site of the former White Barn Theatre in Norwalk, Connecticut is being eyed by a housing development firm. The Save Cranbury Association opposes the plans to build on the two-acre site. ‘This is one … Continue reading


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Unsung Classics: ‘Bus Stop’

In an article for Bustle, Lara Rutherford-Morrison lists ’10 Classic Movies You’ve Never Seen, Starring Actors You Already Love, That You’re About To Be Obsessed With.’ While Bus Stop, and the other selections on this list are hardly obscure, for … Continue reading


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Should Advertisers Let Marilyn Rest in Peace?

Following Sarah Churchwell’s Guardian piece about the appropriation of Marilyn’s image in a new Max Factor campaign, Karen Yossman adds further criticism in the New Statesman. “If still alive today Monroe, Hepburn and Kelly would all have been in their … Continue reading


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