Marilyn Sings: Diamonds Are Forever

Entertainer Barry Humphries (alias Dame Edna Everage) made this rather catty remark in The Spectator diary, July 3:

“When Arthur Miller shook my hand I could only think that this was the hand that had once cupped the breasts of Marilyn Monroe. I visited Jersey yesterday to see a small Marilyn Monroe exhibition in the Jersey Museum. It was part of a private collection assembled by a colourful local ratbag. The depredations of time had de-eroticised these famous garments, though some of the songs lisped by Marilyn were playing in the background. Alas, few of her fans know that they were mostly mimed by the actress and actually sung by Marni Nixon and Gloria Woods.”

Thankfully, today’s Quote Unquote blog sets the record straight:

“I don’t know about Gloria Woods but that isn’t right about Marni Nixon, who inserted the high notes Monroe couldn’t reach in ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes– sounds to me as though the whole introduction and maybe a few notes at the end are Nixon not Monroe, whose voice is appealing but very different. But the main part of the song is definitely Monroe.”

Marilyn Exhibition in Jersey

Photo by Robert Siney

Venue: Jersey Museum

Date: Wednesday 25th March 2009 – Thursday 30th September 2010

An incredible collection of stage and personal costumes worn by the screen idol Marilyn Monroe. On display for the first time in one exhibition, this stunning collection combines these iconic costumes with accessories, jewellery, keepsakes and trinkets owned by Marilyn. This exhibition is a window into the life of the ultimate Hollywood star.

This exhibition brings together dresses, gowns and swimwear that Marilyn wore in her films.

The Fireball, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, There’s No Business Like Showbusiness, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, The Prince and the Showgirl, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits.

Also shown, many for the first time is artwork, personal items, clothes, letters, jewellery and awards owned by the screen icon Marilyn Monroe.

Collection loaned by local resident David Gainsborough Roberts

The Marilyn exhibition catalogue is available to buy from Jersey Museum, or online.

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EXTRA: Video footage from MM fan Lady Doryan

Immortal Marilyn’s Flowers in August

A message from Mary at Immortal Marilyn:

“Be a part of the honoring Marilyn this August 5th on the 48th anniversary of her passing. We will be placing beautiful flowers at her crypt & making a charity donation in Marilyn’s name to Animal Haven of New York City. Your name will be included on a card to be placed at her crypt beside the flowers.  Last day for donations is August 5th.
Thank you!”

More information here

Norma Jeane Inspires Dior Designer

Andre de Dienes, 1950

“My inspiration came from different sources when I was young. Like all the other girls my age. I adored Marilyn Monroe. I loved her exuberance and her natural beauty as Norma Jeane.”

Camille Miceli

Camille with Pharrell Williams

“Camille Miceli is one of those Parisian girls who gets it right every time with seemingly zero effort or contrivance…”

Meenal Mistry, Vogue

More about Camille here

Marilyn at the Old Pasadena Film Festival

Bacall, Grable, Monroe – photo by Frank Worth, 1953

Two MM films are showing as part of the ‘Leading Ladies’ series at the Old Pasadena Film Festival.

Thursday, July 15

How to Marry a Millionaire (One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley) 8:30pm

Saturday, July 31st

All About Eve (One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley) 8:30pm

Admission is free. View the full itinerary here

Three Minutes With Marilyn

Marilyn in 1956

“George Austin Hay weaves his way through a ballroom at the Astor Hotel and engages the woman, who’s wearing a tight-fitting lamé dress. They exchange pleasantries about the theater, he inquires about her study with Lee Strasberg, they say goodbye. Three minutes with Marilyn Monroe at an Actors’ Equity party.

This is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, he thinks.”

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Marilyn in Costume

In today’s LA Times, fashion pundit Freddie Lieba salutes 22 seminal film frocks that bewitched the world. Three of the selections are from Marilyn Monroe’s movies, including this Dorothy Jeakins dress from Niagara (1953).

“Marilyn Monroe plays a femme fatale in this film, and the pink taffeta dress was simply perfect for a seductress—there was both a bow and a cutout near her bosoms. They also famously cut off a little of her high heels to make her hips wobble more and pitch her walk a bit differently and make her somehow look sexier. It was a very risqué look at the time. Niagara was banned by churches when it was first released.”

Can you guess what Freddie’s other choices were?

Find out