MM fan Aylon E found The Best of Marilyn Monroe, a DVD boxset, for just £4 at Sainsbury’s today (selected stores only, offer not online.) Includes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch and Marilyn Monroe:The Final Days(a documentary about the making of the unfinished comedy, Something’s Got to Give, including rare footage and interviews.)
“I am going to stop collecting and I am putting it all up for auction May 26 and 27 in Los Angeles with the auction firm Profiles in History. You sometimes have to let your dreams go. I have been trying since 1970 to share my collection with the public. I couldn’t get the backing. It’s just a shame. I am sad I couldn’t have achieved that dream come true. It was a very hard decision.”
“It is the second piano concerto by Rachmaninoff that is perfect. As the bell-chords that open the work move into the opening theme Marilyn Monroe comes into focus … it is a fantasy sequence.
She wears a tiger-skin dress and is smoking a cigarette. Sherman reclines at the piano in a smoking jacket that looks like it came from the closet of Hugh Hefner. The conversation is deliberately campy and fabulous.
‘Rachmaninoff… It isn’t fair… Every time I hear it, I go to pieces… It shakes me, it quakes me. It makes me feel goose-pimply all over. I don’t know where I am or who I am or what I’m doing. Don’t stop. Don’t stop. Don’t ever stop!'”
These latest extracts from Zolotow’s 1960 biography, first published in the Los Angeles Daily Mirror, recounts Marilyn’s split from husband Joe DiMaggio, and her decision to leave Hollywood; her business partnership with photographer Milton Greene and her personal relationship with his wife, Amy (Marilyn stayed at their Connecticut home in the winter of 1954-55, before moving to New York.)
Elle Fanning, 12 year-old sister of actress Dakota, stars with Stephen Dorff in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, set in one of her idol Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood haunts – the Chateau Marmont Hotel. (Marilyn spent time there while filming Bus Stop in 1956.)
“I’d been there before for some interviews and photo shoots, but I hadn’t spent that much time there. Now, I feel like I know it so well. When I first got there, I was like, ‘Am I walking where Marilyn Monroe walked?'”
This month Elle tells Interviewmagazine about her lifelong admiration for MM:
“INTERVIEW: Is there anyone you’d really like to work with? Who was your favourite actor growing up?
ELLE: My favorite actress is Marilyn Monroe.
INTERVIEW: She’s gonna be tricky to work with.
ELLE: Yeah. [laughs]
INTERVIEW: Have you ever seen any of Marilyn Monroe’s films? Or do you just like her look?
ELLE: Yeah, I mean, of course-I love her look and everything. But I’ve seen The Seven Year Itch  and I loved that. I watched that all the time when I was little. I liked the dress. I was her for Halloween when I was 7. I did the makeup and the mole and I did all the poses with blowing kisses and all that …”
A New York movie tour includes a stop by the grating where Marilyn Monroe filmed The Seven Year Itch – see ScreenTours for more details.
And Marilyn’s two classic comedies with director Billy Wilder are showing in Connecticut this weekend – The Seven Year Itch at the Criterion Cinema in New Haven, and Some Like it Hot at Bow Tie Place 17 in Hartford.
British TV presenter Konnie Huq (who recently married the writer and broadcaster, Charlie Brooker) channels Marilyn in the ‘subway scene’ from The Seven Year Itch, wearing a similar halter-neck dress made of newspaper – all for energy provider nPower‘s SOS Climate Change campaign, proving that anyone can be stylish and eco-friendly.
So says Marilyn Monroe as ‘The Girl’ in The Seven Year Itch (1955.) One of the most popular singers of the post-war era, Fisher’s career was later overshadowed by his messy love life (as Liz Smith noted in her column yesterday.)
He also starred with then-wife Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960), and was the father of actress and novelist, Carrie Fisher (his daughter from a previous marriage to another movie star, Debbie Reynolds.)
Marilyn met Eddie Fisher for real at least once, in 1961, when he performed at The Sands, Las Vegas, alongside Frank Sinatra.
Fisher died last week in Berkley, California, of complications following hip surgery. He was 82.