Marilyn’s ‘Playful Side’

Daft headline of the week: “Portraits reveal a playful side to Marilyn Monroe,” said the heading on a news story, published on Tuesday, about some previously unseen photographs*. It just about could have got away with “show”, but the word “reveal” definitely implies that nobody has hitherto suspected that Monroe had a playful side. This headline was obviously written by one of the three people in the world who have not seen Some Like It Hot.

The Independent

* In yet another journalistic gaffe, nearly every writer that covered this story has described these Eve Arnold prints as ‘rare’ and ‘unseen’. In fact, all the photos have been published previously.

The originals are not currently on display, but prints can be viewed and ordered at branches of Castle Galleries across the UK.

She’s Got the Juice

“From rhubarb mimicking that infamous Marilyn Monroe pose, to cherries sweetly kissing, the quirky illustrations that adorn these bottles are brilliant and bold. Good thing too since Food Story, the Norwegian brand behind this new line of organic juices, is a concept café, boutique, and restaurant that aims to inspire through food. This series of ecological drinks does just that, having been developed in conjunction with local and organic farmers to produce a range of tasty fruity, all-natural flavors.”

The Urban Grocer

Vintage TV

“Hundreds of hours of footage of iconic movie stars and newsreel footage from the likes of Getty Images, BBC Archives and Eagle Rock Entertainment will find their way onto TV screens next month, as backdrops for a new British music TV channel.

Billed as the first ever music channel here for the over-fifties, Vintage TV is dedicated to music from the 1940s to 1976 — the era before music videos became ubiquitous.

Vintage has hired a specialist production company to create new music videos fashioned from archive content of the time.

Around 120 videos will be ready by the Sept. 1 launch, including rare footage of Marilyn Monroe in the video for ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’, images of Martin Luther King in the video of Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’ and film of The Rolling Stones revamped for a new video of ‘Not Fade Away’.”

Hollywood Reporter

More information at The Guardian

Vintage TV

Celebrating Jack Cole

'My Heart Belongs to Daddy', from 'Let's Make Love' (1960)

“The Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program of the School at Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA) is presenting works that Chet Walker has created in the Jack Cole tradition in two final performances: a free presentation on the Inside/Out Stage on Saturday, Aug. 21, at 6:15 and a sold-out benefit concert in the Ted Shawn Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 8pm.”

Jack Cole was Marilyn’s choreographer and trusted friend, working with her on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and throughout her dazzling career.

Among their most memorable collaborations are Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and My Heart Belongs to Daddy.

Debra Levine profiles Cole in today’s Huffington Post

Read her Los Angeles Times article from 2009, examining Cole’s fruitful partnership with Marilyn.