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Liz Smith on Playboy, Oates and ‘Blonde’

‘Ms. Oates wrote a massive semi-fiction about Marilyn some years back, titled “Blonde,” which is now being made into a film with Naomi Watts. The author (like Norman Mailer before her) didn’t see the harm in mixing truth and illusion, the better … Continue reading

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Joyce Carol Oates on ‘Fragments’

Like all serious artists, Marilyn Monroe lived – lives – in her art. Fugitive pieces like those of Fragments will resonate most with those who know her extraordinary films. Here is a female artist for whom work was salvation, or … Continue reading

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Playboy, 1953: ‘The Juiciest Morsel’

December 1953. Marilyn Monroe appears on the cover, and as the centerfold, of the first issue ofPlayboy magazine. Her three-page write-up begins with her measurements; even then, the dispute over them raged. They “have been reported as 35” 24” 37”, … Continue reading

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