Tommy Rettig, Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum in rear projection shot from Otto Preminger’s River of No Return (1954.)
Thanks to Omar at Everlasting Star
The ‘Hollywood Legends’ auction has now ended. Scott Fortner reports on the highlights over at Marilyn Monroe Collection Blog
Along with Jane Russell, her co-star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn’s foot and handprints were immortalised in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard on the historic ‘Walk of Fame’. To this day it remains a popular haunt for MM fans worldwide.
The British pop star, Cheryl Cole, has told Company magazine of her most recent beauty SOS:
“I had a disaster last year. I tried to pluck my eyebrows like Marilyn Monroe’s. I saw a programme on her and thought: ‘She’s amazing. I want her eyebrows.’ But I went too far. Everyone was asking if I’d had Botox.”
Perhaps she should have tried this Marilyn Eyebrow Stencil:
‘Marilyn had a contoured shape in her eyebrows that gave her forehead a wider look…These eyebrows even out the shape of my face, because I have a wider jaw and rounder cheeks, similar to Marilyn’s.’
In March 1961, while Marilyn was recovering from illness, ex-husband Joe DiMaggio invited her to join him for a relaxing break in Florida. According to today’s Orlando Sentinel, Marilyn visited the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel during her stay…
“The New York Yankees once made the hotel their home during spring training, and it is said that a chunk of the bar remains missing, where the former owner broke it off so Marilyn Monroe could sign it.”
Marilyn Monroe’s Ceil Chapman evening gown is displayed next to Anna Nicole Smith’s custom painted Marilyn Monroe dresser at Julien’s Auctions annual summer sale at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino June 24-27, 2010, in Las Vegas,Nevada.
Scott Fortner has noted on his blog that while beautiful, the gown is partially damaged due to neglect over the years since Marilyn died. Sadly, this is true of many of Monroe’s former possessions – but still, they continue to sell at high prices. Another Chapman gown belonging to the star sold at Christie’s for $100,000 in 1999.
Some info on Ceil Chapman from Vintage Bulletin:
Ceil Chapman began her career in New York, her first company was ‘Her Ladyship Gowns’ started in 1940 with partner Gloria Vanderbilt. The she went on to another company labeled ‘A Chapman Original’ which later became simply ‘Ceil Chapman’. She was a popular, talented designer through the early 1960’s. Known for her exquisite draping that enhanced the female form, she became a favorite among many stars of the era, such as Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Taylor. Rumor has it she was the favorite designer of Marilyn Monroe.
Her specialty was evening, formal wear, done in silks, taffeta, chiffon and organdy, embellished with beading and lace. She designed a great deal for movies and television.
The Korean War began sixty years ago, on June 24, 1950.
“Marilyn would give me older sisterly advice about men and about life…and at other times, it seemed like I was the older one and more experienced, and I would give her sisterly advice.”
Joan and Daniel Greenson, the children of Marilyn’s last psychiatrist, Dr Ralph Greenson, give a rare interview to Christopher Turner in today’s Telegraph.
By Seiichi Hayashi: 13 pages.
“This is a rather strange, nonsensical allegory featuring a Batman-like superhero that is trying to fight crime on behalf of his ‘mama’ – Marilyn Monroe dressed up as the statue of liberty…”
On honeymoon with Arthur Miller in December 1956
“This recipe I give to thee,
Dear brother in the heat.
Take two of sour (lime let it be)
To one and a half of sweet,
Of Old Jamaica pour three strong,
And add four parts of weak.
Then mix and drink. I do no wrong —
I know whereof I speak.”