For all you scribblers out there – coming in September/October, now listed at Book Depository
Book trailer from artist Emanuel Emanuele
A profile of the Broadway star whose name inspired Marilyn Monroe’s, at NPR
“Reading about Marilyn Miller, I found several surprising items. The name Marilyn, for example — Miller made it up from her own given name, Mary, and her mother’s name, Lynn — had apparently been quite rare until Miller’s stardom made it one of this country’s most popular girl’s names.
Decades later, Ben Lyon — a Twentieth Century Fox executive and former leading man who had co-starred with Miller and W.C. Fields in Miller’s last and best movie, Her Majesty, Love — signed up another pretty blond actress, Norma Jean Baker. She reminded him of Miller, and he urged her to change her name to Marilyn.
Both Marilyns had problems with their marriages and with substance abuse, and both died very young — Monroe at 36, Miller at 37, from complications of a chronic sinus infection.
Marilyn Monroe’s films will always keep her memory alive. Marilyn Miller didn’t live far enough into the movie era to appear in films that would do the same for her.”
Marilyn Monroe, as a virtually unknown 22 year-old, lived at the Hollywood Studio Club, 1215 North Lodi Place, a hostel for young actresses, between 1946-47, sharing room 307 with Clarice Evans. She returned for a second stay in 1948.
Vintage interview with roommate Clarice Evans at The Pittsburgh Press
Mini-documentary on the Studio Club, posted by The Actors’ Workshop on Youtube
Thanks to Megan at Everlasting Star – more information here
“Sprawling & very special authentic 1929 Hacienda situated behind tall gates at the end of a quiet cul de sac on over 23K sq ft (per assessor) of tree-filled grounds. The crown jewel & largest property of all the Helenas (one of Brentwood’s most romantic & coveted locations) affording lovely vistas & grt privacy & seclusion yet in close proximity to San Vicente shops & restaurants & the Sunday Farmers’ Market. Thick walls, traditional casement windows, polished concrete & terra cotta tile floors, original wood beamed ceilings & period hardware & tiles create a warm, inviting & unique environment. French doors open to private courtyard, expansive grassy yard, pool, citrus grove & beautiful setting. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths + formal living room, family room, office, pool-side game room & separate children’s play house. Sun-filled cook’s kitchen opens to spacious courtyard garden. Wonderful charm & great architecture inside & out. Magical property in the finest Brentwood neighborhood.” – Sawbuck.com
More photos at David Offer Homes
Nan Taylor Abell, formerly married to Frank E. Taylor (producer of The Misfits), has died aged 94. I have posted an article about Nan’s memories of Marilyn here
Now available for pre-order on Amazon.Fr – thanks to Fraser Penney for the heads-up!
(PS: this edition is in French)
“Tales about Arlen were only small peeks into the window of one of the great American Songbook masters of musical richness. Arlen was a natty dresser and at a party while dancing with Marilyn Monroe, he said ‘I think people are staring at us.’ She countered with ‘perhaps they recognize you…'”
One of Arlen’s most popular compositions, ‘Over the Rainbow’, as sung by Judy Garland, was played at Marilyn’s funeral in 1962.
Author David Marshall, who has written two acclaimed books about Marilyn Monroe, will be reading at Borders, Union Square in San Francisco, on August 5th – a date which also marks the 48th anniversary of Monroe’s death.
The DD Group: An Online Investigation into the Death of Marilyn Monroe is a definitive study of the mystery surrounding the star’s final days. Life Among The Cannibals: The Life and Times of Marilyn Monroe 1962-2003 is a unique work of bio-fiction, speculating on how Marilyn’s fate might have been very different had she lived to old age.
Read my Ten To One interview with David Marshall
“He actually bought me the Marilyn Monroe shoes … Monroe’s someone who touches me really deeply. I truly admire both actress and the singer that she was. I love Lazy and so many of her songs. She had a velvety voice.”
Marilyn worked with Kirkland in 1961, creating some of her most provocative, sensuous images. Kirkland has also photographed Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Michael Jackson.
On Sunday September 12 at 11am, Kirkland will discuss his work at the Gallery’s Cinema A.