Sugar, a stage musical based on Some Like It Hot, is now playing at the Drury Lane Theater in Chicago until August 1st, with Jennifer Knox reviving Marilyn’s role.
Spotted by MM fan Colby George at a US branch of Target, this wall print features a lovely, candid shot from Marilyn’s 1954 visit to Korea, where she entertained American troops – later describing her trip as ‘the happiest time of my life’.
Information from Scott Fortner:
Would you like to know something amazing? On two occasions, I was lucky enough to go through the two “missing file cabinets” full of Marilyn Monroe documents and property. These were the cabinets from the Vanity Fair article. I saw an original of this shot in one of the cabinets. Marilyn Monroe herself owned this actual photo of her. It was likely given to her when she was there in Korea and she saved it, or perhaps it was sent to her by the GI that took the picture. On the back in Marilyn’s own handwriting a passage written, “This one is my favorite.”
Publicity shot for Gavin Bryars’ new opera, Anyone Can See I Love You
By the Boston-based artist, Elizabeth Grammaticas
For readers in California, a chance to be photographed with this Marilyn-owned dress, as part of a creative project by Yury Toroptsov.
More details over at Marilyn Monroe Collection Blog
Dr Lois Banner, professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, considers three recent MM biographies in this month’s Women’s Review of Books, and discusses the difficulty of ‘deconstructing Marilyn’.
Banner is currently writing a scholarly study of Monroe for Bloomsbury Press, An Uncommon Woman: Marilyn Monroe as an American Icon of Passion and Power.
Dr Banner at USC
Lois Banner on Amazon
My own reviews of recent Monroe literature can be found here