Robert Frank 1924-2019

Robert Frank, who was considered one of the most important photographers of all time, has died aged 94. Born in Switzerland, he moved to the United States in 1947. Perhaps his most famous work of photojournalism was a 1958 book, The Americans. Frank became an avant-garde filmmaker, capturing beatnik culture in Pull My Daisy (1959); and he also shot the cover of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 album, Exile On Main St.

Although Frank never photographed Marilyn, he shot these images of a child on the beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, reading the front page of the New York Daily News, headlined ‘Marilyn Dead’, while his family appears unconcerned, in August 1962. The first photo was featured in a 2004 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Collection. Robert Frank died at home in Nova Scotia on September 9, 2019.

Amherst Veteran Remembers Marilyn in Korea

Marilyn sings for US troops in Korea, 1954

An 86 year-old Korean War veteran from Amherst, Massachusetts has shared his memories of Marilyn with the Buffalo News.

“Robert W. Fisher was glad for anything to break up the monotony of his Army service in post-war South Korea.

So he was excited when officers said the troops would get a show that day in January 1954 [actually, Marilyn visited in February.] Fisher said a few thousand men marched to a field, where they saw a helicopter parked next to a stage.

‘So can you picture all these men, with their winter parkas on, and out on the stage comes Marilyn Monroe, in a sleeveless gown,’ Fisher said. ‘I couldn’t believe it. Everybody was in an uproar.’

After the bombshell movie star said hello and waved to the cheering crowd, she sang ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.’

‘Oh, it was great,’ Fisher said in an interview in his Amherst apartment, the memory undimmed by the passage of 65 years.”

Marilyn’s White Gloves in Springfield, MA

Marilyn in court, 1954

A pair of Marilyn’s white gloves will be on display as part of Pop! Icons of American Culture at the Smithsonian, at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, MA from this Friday, December 7, until February 24, 2019, as Ray Kelly reports for Mass Live. (And if you’re wondering why there aren’t more substantial Monroe artefacts in the Smithsonian collection, it’s because they’re too expensive. Donations, anyone?)

‘Best of Marilyn’ Matinees in Massachusetts

Marilyn with Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The upcoming 53rd anniversary of Marilyn’s death will be marked by a month of Tuesday matinees, hosted by Marion Council and Sippican Historical Society in Marion, Massachusetts, reports Sippican Village Soup – with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on August 4th, The Seven Year Itch on the 11th, The Misfits on the 18th, and Some Like it Hot on the 25th.

“The Best of Marilyn matinees will be held in the front room of the Music Hall, 164 Front St., and offered free of charge to the public. Parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. Films begin at 11 a.m., and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation. For more information, contact the Sippican Historical Society at 508-748-1116.”

Celebrate Marilyn’s Birthday in Gloucester, MA

Marilyn on her 36th birthday

Another birthday celebration to report, at the Patron’s Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Wednesday:

“The Patron’s Museum, the little treasure trove and gathering place based at 92 Thatcher Road and run by Bradley P. Smith, will celebrate a special birthday throughout the day next Wednesday — Marilyn Monroe’s.

The museum will be taking a look at a number of Monroe’s movies, Smith said and will display some Marilyn artifacts, including a 4-foot by 4-foot oil painting of Marilyn done by artist Parker Harlowe in 1982.

Smith said there will be cake and candy available throughout the day, with the cutting of the cake set for 1 p.m. Anyone seeking more information on the event should contact Smith at 978-223-5938.”

Gloucester Times