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Artists Pay Tribute to Marilyn

This illustration by Istvan Banyai accompanies Maureen Dowd’s anniversary tribute to Marilyn in the New York Times. The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, reports that artist Launa Eddy has recently inherited a trove of unseen photos by Bert Stern, including some … Continue reading

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Biographers’ Q & A: Lois Banner

Biographile has interviewed Dr Lois Banner, author of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox. Asked which celebrity today reminded her most of Marilyn, Banner replied, ‘I’m thinking. Angelina Jolie, maybe, because she’s smart and she’s tough. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, … Continue reading

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If Marilyn Had Lived…

The Huffington Post asked John Strasberg, Sarah Churchwell and Joyce Carol Oates what direction Marilyn’s career might have taken if she had lived beyond 1962. “Back in those days, women, after a certain age, just weren’t cast in movies. Bette … Continue reading

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Shape-Shifting: Norma Jeane to Marilyn

Writing about Marilyn for the Los Angeles Times, Dr Lois Banner argues that ’we make her into an icon because we can also make her into whatever we want her to be.’ “In the end, Monroe is one of the most … Continue reading

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Why Young Women Love Marilyn

  Writing for the Daily Beast, Agnes Scotti explores why Marilyn is still a role model for today’s young women. “Marilyn was considered the most beautiful woman of her time. But she was more than that: she was a role model … Continue reading

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Birth of an Actress: Norma as Nell

Marilyn was the subject of a TCM Summer Under the Stars blogathon on Saturday. One of the outstanding pieces was ‘Birth of an Actress’, a look at Marilyn’s role in Don’t Bother to Knock, from Kitty Packard Pictorial. “Her walk … Continue reading

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My Tributes to Marilyn

 I have posted two tributes to Marilyn on my personal website: Fifty Years Ago… an extract from my novel, The Mmm Girl, in which a young Marilyn visits the grave of her beloved Aunt Ana The Smart Dumb Blonde - my … Continue reading

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Tribute to a Misfit

Film critic Mick LaSalle pays tribute to Marilyn in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Marilyn Monroe has been dead all my life, or at least all my conscious life. Yet even so, the idea still doesn’t sit right. ‘Marilyn Monroe is dead.’ … Continue reading

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Remembering Norma Jeane

 Writing for Ms magazine (founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972), Karina Eileraas considers Marilyn’s impact on women in 2012. “Monroe’s imprint on my identity and sexuality is traumatic, liberating and breathtaking, all at once. The ubiquity of her image saturated my … Continue reading

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Beauty Bombshells: Marilyn

The Beauty Bombshells blog is tailor-made for lovers of vintage style, and this week is dedicated to MM. Today they suggest Gok Wan’s cat’s-eye glasses, £99 at Specsavers – reminiscent of Marilyn’s look in How to Marry a Millionaire.

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