Norma Jeane’s House Brick for Sale in LA

The Andrew Weiss Gallery has hosted several Marilyn-themed photo and art exhibitions in the past. Tomorrow at 10 am, a rather unusual assortment of items related to MM and other stars will go under the hammer at their Hollywood Legends and Music auction, including a brick retrieved by KTLA reporter Christina Pasucci from the former Dougherty home where Norma Jeane lived from 1944-45 at Hermitage Street (later Avenue), during its controversial demolition in 2015. Also on offer is a wooden clapperboard from the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; a brush, comb and hand-mirror set, supposedly containing Marilyn’s blonde hairs; plus a hotel switchboard memo found inside one of her books, notifying her that Joe DiMaggio had called.

UPDATE: According to the auction website, the clapperboard sold for $4,750; the house-brick for $2,300; the brush set for $19,500; and the DiMaggio memo for $500 (although these figures are listed as ‘unverified’.)

David Bromley: Painting Marilyn

Marilyn by David Bromley, after Kashio Aoki’s 1954 photo

‘Marilyn at 90: A Tribute to David Bromley’ features a number of paintings by the Australian artist, and is currently running at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Los Angeles alongside another Bromley exhibition, ‘L.A. Women’, until September 1.

Mixed media print of Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio, based on another Aoki photo
This David Bromley painting is inspired by a Milton Greene portrait of Marilyn
Another Greene-inspired painting

‘Legendary’ Marilyn at Andrew Weiss Gallery

Marilyn by Milton Greene, 1955

A photography exhibition last seen in New York, ‘Marilyn: The Making of a Legend’ will return to the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Los Angeles on July 25. BlouArtInfo.com has posted a slideshow of images by photographers including William Carroll, Andre de Dienes, Kashio Aoki, Milton Greene, Bert Stern and George Barris.

Marilyn on the Fox lot during filming of There’s No Business Like Show Business, 1954 (Photo by Gene Lester)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the exhibition also includes rare photos taken by Gene Lester during filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and There’s No Business Like Show Business.

As previously reported on ES Updates, those unable to attend the exhibition can order a catalogue – more details here.

George Barris to Attend Marilyn’s Birthday Exhibition

George Barris, one of Marilyn’s last photographers, will appear at the opening night of ‘Happy Birthday Marilyn’ at the Andrew Weiss Gallery, Los Angeles, on June 1st.

“These photographs are very dear and personal to me. Marilyn was much more than a photography subject, she was a friend. She had an inner light that comes through in her images, even many years later, and I am pleased to work with the Andrew Weiss Gallery to share my experience of Marilyn with her fans and the public.”

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Here’s to You, Marilyn

On Friday, May 27, from 7-9pm, the Andrew Weiss Gallery will preview their ‘Happy Birthday Marilyn’ exhibition for one night only on the rooftop of Los Angeles Athletic Club. Tickets are $68.

A selection of wines from around the world will also be available, as the event is co-hosted by Los Angeles Wine-Tasting.

More details here

Celebrating Marilyn’s 85th Birthday

Marilyn at a charity soccer match in 1957. Photo by Bob Henriques

June 1, 2011, marks what would be Marilyn’s 85th birthday, and preparations are already underway.

Immortal Marilyn have launched a flower appeal and fundraiser for the Animal Haven charity.  You can donate via PayPal, to mary@immortalmarilyn.com or contact Mary privately for her mailing address.

And if you’re feeling creative, the Andrew Weiss Gallery in LA are looking for fan-made cards, for possible inclusion in their upcoming photo exhibit, ‘Happy Birthday Marilyn’. All entries must be submitted by May 20.

Birthday Exhibit in LA

Marilyn cuts her birthday cake on the ‘Let’s Make Love’ set, 1960

June 1st will mark what would be Marilyn’s 85th birthday. The Andrew Weiss Gallery in LA, which hosted the ‘Becoming Marilyn’ exhibit last year, has organised a new exhibition, ‘Happy Birthday Marilyn’, in partnership with the Marilyn Remembered fan club. The display will include many photographs, and fans can send in birthday cards for Marilyn which may be feature in a slide show.

More details at MM Collection Blog

‘Becoming Marilyn’: Carroll, Aoki at LA Gallery

Among the more rare items on display at the ‘Becoming Marilyn’ exhibition, at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Los Angeles, are these photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio arriving at Tokyo Airport in March 1954 for their honeymoon, taken by Kashio Aoki.

Allie Is Wired reports that Bill Carroll, one of the first professional photographers to work with then-model Norma Jeane Dougherty in 1946 made a special guest appearance at the gallery last week, and shared his memories of the young MM. (The article dates Carroll’s photographs to 1945, but from her hair colour I would say it was taken a year later.)

“In 1945, Carroll was in need of ‘cover cards’ for his film business and decided to schedule a Santa Monica photo shoot with his friend’s recent catch, Norma Jeane. Carroll wanted a ‘good-looking Plain Jane, the kind of kid you’d like to live next to’ and thought Norma Jeane fit the bill. It wasn’t until 40 years later when ‘leafing through Time Magazine’ that Carroll recognized a picture of Norma Jean by David Conover that he processed oh so many years ago. Carroll spent the next few months going through old photographs until he found all of the 1945 photos of a young Marilyn Monroe posing in Santa Monica.”

Rare outtake by Bill Carroll