Category Archives: Art and Photography

De Kooning’s Marilyn at the Smithsonian

Eight years before Andy Warhol, the Dutch-born American painter, Willem de Kooning was perhaps the first great artist to immortalise Marilyn. His 1954 expressionist work is featured in a new exhibition, Face Value: Portraiture In the Age of Abstraction, opening … 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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Beyonce Comes ‘Out’ For Marilyn

There isn’t a bigger star right now than Beyonce, who fronts this month’s Out magazine in a blonde, Marilyn-style wig. Some of the photos (by Santiago & Mauricio) are quite reminiscent of Bert Stern’s iconic Vogue session with MM, without … Continue reading


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Celebrating Marilyn in Georgia

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon is an exhibition of art and photographs chronicling her life and legacy, opening at the Jepson Center in Savannah, Georgia on April 4 (tomorrow), through to July 27. Associated events include an opening lecture and … Continue reading


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Anatomy of a Lingerie Ad

ABG, the licensing arm of Marilyn’s estate, has launched yet another brand. Marilyn Monroe Envy is a range of lingerie – which is ironic, since Marilyn found underwear confining and avoided it whenever she could. The cover image is a … Continue reading


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Russell Young: Wild at Heart

Russell Young is another British artist inspired by MM. His ‘Marilyn Crying’, coated in diamond dust, has become quite popular in recent years. It has inevitably been compared to Warhol, though personally I like the tenderness of Young’s image. “One … Continue reading


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Galt Marilyn Raises Funds For Children

Artist Ed Chapman has created a 5ft square, Warholian image of Marilyn using Galt Toys products. Galt has paid £2,050 for the mosaic to the Toy Trust, and the money will help disadvantaged and disabled children in the UK and abroad. … Continue reading


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‘Forever Marilyn’ Leaves Palm Springs

Seward Johnson’s giant Forever Marilyn sculpture has left Palm Springs for the East Coast. Carol Channing, star of the original Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, made an appearance at a farewell party on Friday, which was attended by 2,000 … Continue reading


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Hollywood Legends in April

Julien’s Hollywood Legends 2014 auction, set for April 11, features many Marilyn-related items (she is pictured with Marlon Brando on the back cover.) Highlights include rare behind-the-scenes photos from Niagara; original photos by Manfred Linus Kreiner; the rhinestone clip-on earrings … Continue reading


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