‘I Was There When Marilyn Posed!’

There were just three of us in the studio that night – Marilyn, Tom Kelley and myself. As Marilyn stretched out on the red velvet floor throw, I could hear Tom gasp. Dressed, her cheap clothes had hidden some of her beauty. Now she was a revelation.

Besides, this wasn’t just a beauty – this was a girl with an instinct for drama and showmanship. Her lips parted provocatively, her body was arched and magnificent. There was a catlike grace about her and she fell into natural poses without our having to direct her.”

Natalie Kelley Grasco, speaking in Movie Star Parade, July 1953. Full interview at Everlasting Star – thanks to April

Monroe Investigator Dies

Ronald H. ‘Mike’ Carroll, the retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who supervised the 1982 review of Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 death, has died aged 74.

The enquiry into Marilyn’s death lasted nearly 4 months. A 30-page report concluded, ‘Our inquiries and document examination uncovered no credible evidence supporting a murder theory…The homicide hypotheses must be viewed with extreme skepticism.’

Lionel Grandison’s claim to have found Monroe’s ‘red diary’ was also rejected. (Grandison was employed by the coroner’s office when Marilyn died.) The Los Angeles Times noted that Carroll’s report cited ‘reasonable evidence’ of suicide, arguing that murder in this case would have required a ‘massive conspiracy’.

One of Monroe’s many biographers, Anthony Summers, interviewed Carroll for a Reader’s Digest article, ‘Bombshell’, in 2006. Carroll staunchly defended the 1982 enquiry: ‘My job was to look for evidence of murder,’ he said, ‘and I didn’t find any. There were pieces of information that might have thrown light on aspects of Marilyn Monroe’s final days, her involvement with the Kennedy brothers, for instance. But that’s for the biographers and historians. It wasn’t my job, wasn’t the assignment we had.’

Michelle Williams at White Waltham Airfield

Michelle Williams and Dougray Scott, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

“The glamour of the 1950s came to White Waltham on Friday as Hollywood actors descended on the airfield.

Dawson’s Creek actress Michelle Williams will play Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week with Marilyn, now in production at Pinewood Studios.

On Friday, White Waltham airfield near Maidenhead was transformed into a 1950s airport, to film Marilyn’s arrival to the UK.

Extras were dressed as 1950s air stewards and stewardesses.

Jim Munro, who is a member of the West London Aero Club at White Waltham, said the airfield had been taken over on Thursday and Friday.

‘There was a huge encampment of marquees and luxury caravans. When I arrived there were a load of extras in 1950s outfits,’ he said.

‘Marilyn walked past me at close range.'”

BBC News

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Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
“A deliriously gender-bending exercise in over-the-top comic mania, Billy Wilder’s masterpiece features the best-ever performance from that underrated comedic master, Marilyn Monroe. Monroe sparkles as a romantic heroine with a self-deprecating streak, and Lemmon and Curtis are an ideal odd couple, years before Lemmon starred in The Odd Couple. ‘Nobody’s perfect, as the film deliciously reminds us, but Some Like It Hot comes close.”