‘Marilyn Lives’ on the Coronado Shore

The memory of Sugar Kane is alive and well on Coronado Island, where scenes from Some Like it Hot were filmed, Jackie Burrell writes in The Reporter.

“Surf surges against this pristine shore, the white sand dotted picturesquely with red-striped cabanas. A paved footpath leads up to the iconic grand hotel. And it doesn’t take much imagination to see Marilyn Monroe on this beach, sun-kissed and wind-swept in her short white beach robe.

In fact, it takes no imagination at all. All over Coronado Island you’ll see photographs taken during the filming of Some Like It Hot, the 1959 comedy starring a ukulele-playing Monroe, and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as fellow members of her, ahem, girl band bound for Florida.

Much to the consternation of Miami’s then-mayor, the role of Florida beach was played by this stretch of strand, which is crowned by the 19th-century Hotel Del Coronado. Legend has it that Coronado’s mayor told his much-aggrieved Floridian counterpart, ‘Some like it hot, but not as hot as Miami in September.’

Coronado actually is the bulbous end of a skinny peninsula that connects the ‘island’ to the mainland in Imperial Beach, seven miles south. But it’s easy to forget such topographic technicalities as you cross the sweeping bridge or arrive by ferry from San Diego.”

Marilyn Exhibit in Santa Cruz

The collection of Scott Fortner will feature in Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit, at the Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz County, Central California on March 16-17. Scott will also present An Evening with Marilyn: An Intimate Look at The Legend, a gala on March 17. Both events are fundraisers for The United Way of Santa Cruz County, supporting families and schools in the region.

More details via MM Collection Blog or at the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Say Goodbye to Proposition 8

How to Marry a Millionaire was one of several cultural references invoked by the judges who ruled California’s Proposition 8 (banning same-sex marriage) as unconstitutional on Tuesday:

‘”Had Marilyn Monroe’s film been called ‘How to Register a Domestic Partnership with a Millionaire,’ it would not have conveyed the same meaning as did her famous movie, even though the underlying drama for same-sex couples is no different,” the judges wrote.’

 

Did Marilyn Visit Castella in 1962?

The rumours about Marilyn and JFK are unending. In the Redding Record Searchlight this weekend, local historian Dottie Smith outlines the story of an alleged tryst at a log cabin in Castella, California in 1962 (now owned by Brian Theriot, also who took these photos.)

Personally I find it hard to believe that the notoriously restless president would have spent a whole weekend with a supposed girlfriend – even if she was Marilyn Monroe. However, it’s an interesting read nonetheless.

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