Marilyn’s estate has teamed up with Allure Eyewear to create a new range of spectacles, reports Women’s Wear Daily. (The cherry pattern in the above model seems inspired by Marilyn’s rodeo dress from The Misfits, while the retro design recalls her near-sighted character, Pola, in How to Marry a Millionaire.)
“Inspired by the iconic actress, the eyewear includes animal-printed frames and upswept cat eye silhouettes. Each style is adorned with subtle Swarovski crystals for an extra note of glam. Marilyn Monroe eyewear brand will consist of ‘The Marilyn’ Limited Edition Sunglass which will retail for $495, the Silver Screen Sun collection that will retail from $98 to $168 and the Optical collection that will retail between $150 and $180.
Allure Eyewear will donate all profits from ‘The Marilyn’ sunglass to Hollygrove, which was once an orphanage where Marilyn lived as a child and is now an EMQ FamiliesFirst agency that helps children in crisis.”
Over at Remind magazine’s blog today is a feature about the USO, who brought Marilyn to Korea in 1954.
“As it became clear that the United States was heading into World War 2, a number of service organizations mobilized in support of the military … To maximize the support provided by these groups, President Roosevelt asked Congress to enact the nonprofit United Service Organizations (USO). Roosevelt said he wanted ‘these private organizations to handle the on-leave recreation of the men in the armed forces.’
Although congressionally chartered, the USO is not a government agency and relies heavily on corporate and individual donors.
Average performers were paid $100 a week; stars were paid $10 a day, since their wealth allowed them to contribute their services.
In 1950, an the U.S entered the Korean War, the USO was re-activated and new performers signed up for duty, including Danny Kaye, Debbie Reynolds and Marilyn Monroe. The USO stayed active afterward, providing services to faraway soldiers in peacetime as well as in the later conflicts in Vietnam, Kosovo, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Stella McCartney has designed this T Shirt, available for £14.99 at TK Maxx, using Sam Shaw‘s 1954 shot of Marilyn at a party held in her honour at Romanoff’s restaurant in Hollywood, after filming The Seven Year Itch. For each T Shirt sold, £8 will be donated to Comic Relief, in aid of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa.
London’s Anna Freud Centre for children suffering from mental health problems, a beneficiary of Marilyn’s final will (via Dr Marianne Kris), has been given a £5 million windfall by her estate, reports the Daily Express.
“The Anna Freud Centre in Hampstead, north-west London, has been supported by the Hollywood movie legend’s will since 1980.
Recently, however, the clinic, which helps distressed children with mental health problems, has benefited from a £5 million windfall.
The money was proceeds from Marilyn’s iconic image when the rights were sold by her estate to a commercial branding company for up to £30 million…
…She made her psychiatrist, Dr Marianne Kris, a beneficiary of her will provided she used the money to help children…When Dr Kris died in 1980 she bequeathed her Monroe rights to the clinic. Anna Freud and Dr Kris were family friends and the two worked together throughout their careers in psychoanalysis.”
A painting of the first Playboy cover featuring Marilyn, by artist Victoria Fuller, has been donated to Hollygrove, formerly the orphanage where Norma Jeane lived as a child.
Signed by the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner, the painting is on display at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre until August 31, when will be sold at a base price of $10,000. All proceeds will help children in crisis and their families.
Hefner has spoken about his lifelong muse to CBS News:
“Soraya Fadel asked him if he would have liked to have dated the bombshell. ‘Oh yeah. I would have loved to,” he says, candidly, ‘I’m a sucker for blondes and she is the ultimate blonde.’
His favorite Monroe movie? ‘Without question, it’s Some Like it Hot It was at the end of her career and it indicated how much real talent she had.’
Marilyn long dead, Hefner would still love the opportunity to thank her for what he did for his life. ‘I would have told her how much she meant to me and still does.'”
Flowers were placed on Marilyn’s grave for St Valentine’s Day, by Carla Orlandi on behalf of the Immortal Marilyn fan club. Thanks to donations from fans, another $241 was raised for Animal Haven.
Over at MM Source, Tiffany recounts the story of how Joe DiMaggio once carved his initials, and Marilyn’s, onto the bar at Chicago’s Drake Hotel.
And while on the subject of Marilyn and Joe, here’s a snippet from a 1966 article by Gay Talese, published in his collection of sports essays, The Silent Season of a Hero:
“There are some baseball trophies and plaques in the small room off DiMaggio’s bedroom, and on his dresser are photographs of Marilyn Monroe, and in the living room downstairs is a small painting of her that DiMaggio likes very much; it reveals only her face and shoulders and she is wearing a wide-brimmed sun hat, and there is a soft, sweet smile on her lips, an innocent curiosity about her that is the way he saw her and the way he wanted her to be seen by others – a simple girl, ‘a warm, big-hearted girl,’ he once described her, ‘that everybody took advantage of.'”
“Film star Marilyn Monroe has a hug for 12-year-old Donald Thompson, a victim of Muscular Dystrophy. Donald is holding Miss Monroe’s personal advance donation for the nation wide 1955 Thanksgiving week March of Muscular Dystrophy, sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America, Inc. At the left is Jack Bostick, of Fort Worth, Texas, Vice President of the International Association of Firefighters, which is spearheading the drive beginning Monday. November 17, 1955 New York, New York, USA.”