The latest extract from Maurice Zolotow’s Marilyn Monroe: An Uncensored Biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror in December 1960, focus on Marilyn’s role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and her romance with Joe DiMaggio.
This month’s updates include two vintage magazine articles and a review of The Lost ‘Look’ Photos by John Vachon.
The latest extract from Maurice Zolotow’s biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror on this day in 1960, covers the filming of Clash by Night (1952) and the scandal of Marilyn’s nude calendar. (Click on the image below to enlarge.)
These extracts from Maurice Zolotow’s Marilyn Monroe: The Uncensored Biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror on November 25-26, explore Marilyn’s relationship with agent Johnny Hyde, and her breakthrough role in The Asphalt Jungle (1950.)
“Jean Harlow may have been the original bombshell but Marilyn Monroe is the most iconic. Her image was simultaneously sexy and childlike. Monroe’s high-pitched voice and carefully curated dumb-blonde persona were paired with an intense sexuality and the most celebrated curves of any bombshell … She met a tragic death suspected to be at her own hand at 36-years-old but her image and career is the most celebrated of all the bombshells.”
Marilyn makes Elle magazine’s list of the Top 20 Bombshells
“I feel like we live together … At a certain point, something else does take over. I don’t quite feel myself these days … I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist, eventually. Physically and vocally, everything about her is different from me. I’ve kind of gone to school and had teachers to help me understand Marilyn, so I could project an essence of her. When I first approached the part, I thought that there were three, even four parts to Marilyn. It rearranges you, it shifts your molecules, lifts you up, spins you around, puts you back down and you’re not quite the same, for better or for worse.”
Baz Bamigboye visits the My Week With Marilyn set and talks to Michelle Williams in today’s Daily Mail
The BBC reports from location shooting in Duxford, Cambridgeshire