Juliana Szucs has written a fascinating article about Marilyn’s ancestry – from Mexico to the American Civil War, and early Indiana pioneers – for Biography.com.
A free screening of Some Like it Hot will head off a summer season of comedy classics at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes, Indiana, tomorrow (May 15) at 4pm, reports Vincennes Sun-Commercial. (The famed comic had a prior, more sombre connection to Marilyn: he served as an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of her agent and lover, Johnny Hyde, in December 1950.)
“‘Marilyn Monroe was labeled a certain way’ that was only partly related to the 1950s sex symbol’s true identity, Hancock said. So The Scarlet Letter is ‘about the loss of innocence,’ refracted through a Monroe split seven ways with seven dancers representing aspects of the star — ‘the sensual side of her, the naïve side of her, all the essences of Marilyn Monroe that can add to the dance.'” – IndyStar.com
American Classics is an intriguing new ballet from Gregory Hancock, inspired by the imagery of Nathaniel Hathorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and, of course, Marilyn.
The ballet will be staged at the Pike Performing Arts Centre, Indiana, on August 13-14.