Umbrellas left behind in the subway (June 1976)
‘This Marilyn Monroe poster aims to remind passengers to take their umbrellas with them when they leave the train. The text in the top right corner — ‘Kaerazaru kasa’ (umbrella of no return) — is a play on ‘Kaerazaru Kawa,’ the Japanese title for River of No Return, the 1954 movie starring Monroe.’
“‘It was a 1951 dinner party. I was a first-year English student at Barnard. My father was a doctor and so was the guy who hosted the party. Marilyn was very shy, so they sat her next to the least threatening person in the room – me.’
Growing bold as the night progressed, Joan Molinski (Rivers’s given name) found the courage to advise Monroe that she, too, hoped for a career in show business.
‘Honey, let me tell you a secret, Marilyn told me,’ Rivers continues, adopting Monroe’s feathery voice. ‘Men are stupid and they like big tits.'”
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Speakers at this year’s service, organised by Marilyn Remembered Fan Club:
- John Gilmore, author of Inside Marilyn Monroe
- Noreen Siegel, wife of Dr Lee Siegel, Marilyn’s longtime physician at Twentieth Century Fox
- Marion Collier, ‘Olga’ from Sweet Sue’s Band in Some Like It Hot
- Audrey Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald’s promoter (Marilyn arranged for Ella to perform at LA’s Mocambo Club in 1954)
- Stanley Rubin, producer of River of No Return
- Lois Banner, Professor of History and Gender Studies at USC, currently working on two books about Marilyn
- Diana Levitt, whose father, F. Hugh Herbert, directed Marilyn’s first movie, Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! in 1947. Diana also took acting classes with Marilyn
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“The star born Norma Jean Mortensen suffered an almost Dickensian childhood of hardship, which culminated in an arranged marriage to a neighbour’s son when she was just 16. But on the silver screen Norma Jean created a glittering, carefree and carnal image that made her Hollywood’s most enduring sex symbol. It is that sensuously hedonistic yet innocent image fans still fall head over heels in love with.” – John Costello, Irish Independent
“She brought out a protective impulse in people. And, in my opinion, that is part of her movie magic. She was not a sassy sex symbol who ‘owned’ her sexuality. She did not seem calculating about it. There was always the wide-eyed innocence there, in spite of the body made for lovin’ – and that somehow engendered a protective response in audiences … male AND female – so she was one of those very rare movie creatures: a sex symbol whom men loved and desired, but also whom women respected and looked up to … and I think it had something to do with that fragmented innocence peering out of her radiant face. She seemed unaware of the responses she brought up in men, and she never seemed out for sex – the Marilyn Monroe persona was all about finding love. Her gifts as an actress and comedienne are obvious – but her appeal is still rather complicated, which, I suppose, is why people still obsess over her, and talk about her, and pick her apart.” – Sheila O’Malley
“I’m really into quotes, like reading quotes by Dolly Parton and Marilyn Monroe and people like that, and Marilyn Monroe’s got a great quote where she says, ‘A career is great but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.’ I mean, I’m such a workaholic that I have always put my work before everything.”
Sheridan Smith (a gifted young comic actress whom UK readers will recognise from TV shows like The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager, Gavin and Stacey) is currently starring in Legally Blonde: The Musical at London’s Savoy Theatre.
“Sarah Harding has reportedly spent £30,000 on three Andy Warhol silkscreen prints.
The Daily Star claims that the Girls Aloud singer hinted they were for Cheryl Cole, as she was heard saying that she was buying them as ‘a present for a friend who had been very ill.’
‘The silkscreens are of Marilyn Monroe with big pink lips set on pink, black and silver backgrounds,’ a source said.
The insider added that the three pieces have now been taken to be framed, saying: ‘They’re really coveted items. Kate Moss has a few and Sarah was very lucky to get them.
They are a very thoughtful girly present. Cheryl will love them.'”
Photo by Scott Fortner