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Behind the Scenes of ‘Icon’

Gary Vitacco-Robles, author of this year’s outstanding, two-volume biography - Icon: The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe - has been interviewed by Bill Biss for Edge Media Network. In the article, Gary reveals his starting point for this mammoth project: … Continue reading


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‘Smash’ Cast to Reunite for Benefit Show

The cast of Smash will reunite on June 15, 2015, for a performance of Bombshell (a fictional musical about Marilyn, the production of which formed the basis of the NBC drama’s plot), as a benefit for the Actors Fund, reports Broadway … Continue reading


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First Look: Kelli Garner as Marilyn

Actress Kelli Garner is pictured in today’s Mail, filming a scene from Lifetime’s upcoming mini-series, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. This incident is based on James Haspiel’s touching anecdote about Marilyn saving pigeons from captivity. “There was another pocket … Continue reading


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Sophia Loren: ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’

Italian actress Sophia Loren has published an autobiography, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life. Born into poverty, she achieved worldwide fame in the 1950s as a voluptuous beauty and a great actress (winning an Oscar for Two Women in 1961.)  She … Continue reading


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2014: A Year in Marilyn Headlines

In January, Newsweek published a special issue, Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Scrapbook. Photographer Larry Schiller claimed to own a scrapbook given to Sam Shaw by Marilyn, though expert readers noted the handwriting was dissimilar to her usual style. Also this … Continue reading


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Marilyn Sings ‘Diamonds’ at Christmas

Diamonds is a new, 2-CD boxset from Not Now Music, featuring all the usual favourites and a few lesser-known tracks: ‘A Man Chases A Girl’, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘I Found a Dream’, and ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’; plus … Continue reading


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Phil Stern 1919-2014

Photographer Phil Stern has died aged 95, Variety reports. He was born in Philadelphia in 1919, and learned his trade as an apprentice for the Police Gazette. He won a Purple Heart for his work as a unit photographer during … Continue reading


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Cheers, No Tears: Marilyn’s Colombian Splash

A lovely, make-up free photo of Marilyn enjoying a dip in the pool (and a tipple), taken by Milton Greene in 1955, adorns the cover of Colombian Esquire‘s whiskey-themed December issue. She previously graced the cover of Mexican Esquire in 2012.


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Cal-Neva Lodge to Reopen in 2015

The Cal-Neva Lodge, the Lake Tahoe resort once owned by Frank Sinatra and visited by Marilyn and other stars, will reopen in 2015 after a two-year break, reports Tahoe Daily Tribune. “Crews currently are renovating the 10-story, 191-key resort that … Continue reading


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Love Letters and More Sold at Julien’s

An auction pertaining to ‘the lost archive of Marilyn Monroe’ at Julien’s this weekend saw high bids on love letters between Marilyn and her husbands, as well as a cape worn to a press conference at New York’s Plaza Hotel, … Continue reading


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