Category Archives: Art and Photography

‘Forever Marilyn’ in Manhattan

Just when I thought I’d heard the last of Seward Johnson’s giant sculpture, ‘Forever Marilyn’, a smaller replica has reappeared in Manhattan’s Garment District. As Yahoo News reports, she is currently occupying a stretch of Broadway between 36th and 41st Streets as … Continue reading


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Before Marilyn: The Blue Book Modelling Years

The long-awaited new book by Michelle Morgan and Astrid Franse, Before Marilyn: The Blue Book Modelling Years, will be published in the UK on July 6. It is also the subject of a six-page article in today’s Mail on Sunday, with Norma … Continue reading


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Marilyn: A Life in Portraits

In another great article for the BFI website, Nigel Arthur explores photographs from the National Archive, and considers how Marilyn’s image was purveyed through different modes of photography: including promotional and paparazzi shots, film stills, portraits and behind-the-scenes photos. “In Richard … Continue reading


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Marilyn’s ‘Missing Moments’ at the Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum has resumed its annual tribute to Marilyn with a summer-long exhibition, ‘Marilyn Monroe: Missing Moments’, as Susan King reports in her Classic Hollywood column for the Los Angeles Times. “The Hollywood Museum’s new ‘Marilyn Monroe: Missing Moments’ … Continue reading


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Immortal Marilyn in June

Flowers were placed at Marilyn’s graveside by Immortal Marilyn’s Jackie Craig on June 1st, along with a card signed by members. A further $400 has been donated to New York’s Animal Haven charity. This month’s updates to the Immortal Marilyn … Continue reading


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Marilyn’s a ‘Hollywood Legend’ in June

The latest Hollywood Legends sale will take place at Julien’s Auctions on June 26-27, reports the New York Daily News. As reported previously on ES Updates, Marilyn graces the catalogue cover in the floral print dress she wore in Something’s … Continue reading


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Ed Pfizenmaier Remembers Marilyn

In February 1956, Ed Pfizenmaier assisted Cecil Beaton as he photographed Marilyn at New York’s Ambassador Hotel – and took several memorable shots himself. Pfizenmaier, who has also photographed Katharine Hepburn, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, had originally hoped to become … Continue reading


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Barris Photo Auction in London

Eight prints by George Barris – among the last photos taken of Marilyn before her death in 1962, and reproduced in limited edition by Edward Weston in 1987 – are on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury of London, as part of their Photo Opportunities … Continue reading


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How Marilyn Made Millions for ‘Playboy’

While Marilyn may have become Playboy‘s first pin-up in 1953, she never actually posed for the legendary men’s magazine – and finding her 1949 nude calendar (for which she was paid just $50) made the fortune of Hugh Hefner (who never met her), as … Continue reading


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Magnum Legacy: Eve Arnold and Marilyn

Alongside fellow Magnum alumni Elliott Erwitt, the late Eve Arnold is one of Marilyn’s most frequently anthologised photographers. Eve Arnold: Magnum Legacy, a new photo-biography documenting her long career, is just the latest tribute. (Marilyn is featured, though the photos are … Continue reading


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