Category Archives: Fashion and Beauty

A Twist of Pink

Rock star Pink has softened her look with a glamorous blonde hairdo that has been compared to Marilyn’s, and celebrity hair-stylist Marcia Hamilton has told readers of OK! magazine how to imitate the effect. (Pink is clearly a Monroe fan, having … Continue reading

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Marilyn Laughs For Comic Relief

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 … Continue reading

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‘Mad About Marilyn’: Issue 26

‘American Blondes’, my essay comparing Marilyn Monroe with Lana Turner (originally posted here), is republished in the latest issue of the excellent Mad About Marilyn fanzine, which also features Marilyn’s 1956 interview with Elsa Maxwell; a profile of photographer Gene Lester; and a feature on … Continue reading

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Orry-Kelly: The Man Who Dressed Sugar

 The Australian-born costume designer, Jack Orry-Kelly, created Marilyn’s peekaboo wardrobe for her unforgettable role as Sugar Kane in Some Like it Hot. He also wrote an unpublished memoir, and is the subject of a forthcoming documentary, directed by Gillian Armstrong, reports The … Continue reading

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Marilyn’s Chanel Moment

Chanel have uploaded a rather nice video about Marilyn, including audio from her 1960 interview with George Belmont of Marie-Claire magazine in which she explains her answer to the question, ‘What do you wear to bed?’ Of course, it was … Continue reading

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Hollywood Costumes at the V&A

The Hollywood Costume exhibition has just opened at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum – through to January 27, 2013 – and features two of Marilyn’s most famous costumes, from The Seven Year Itch and Some Like it Hot.

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Joan Juliet Buck Remembers Marilyn

Joan Juliet Buck, daughter of Jules Buck – who produced an early Monroe movie, Love Nest - recalls her own sighting of Marilyn – sans girdle – in the October edition of Harper’s Bazaar in the US. (Thanks to Colby George for spotting this!)

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Laszlo Plans MM Exhibition

The iconic Erno Laszlo skincare brand – as favoured by Marilyn herself – will dedicate a free exhibition to Monroe’s beauty and style secrets, curated by MM collector Ted Stampfer and opening at the new Erno Laszlo Institute in New … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Elle’s Movie Icon

 Actress Elle Fanning, 14, has once again named Marilyn as her idol, reports ONTD. “Q: Who is your Hollywood icon? A: I saw The Seven Year Itch at about seven years old. It’s part of what made me really want to be an … Continue reading

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Inside the Hollywood Jewellery Box

Sadie Mintz is the 105 year-old founder of the Hollywood Jewellery Box, and designer of the earrings worn by Marilyn in Some Like it Hot, reports Emily Smithack for the Smithsonian blog. “On one occasion in the 1950s, I rented several pairs of … Continue reading

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