Marilyn and Miguel Ferrer

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Miguel Ferrer, the accomplished character actor whose many screen credits include Robocop and Twin Peaks, died last week aged 61, The Guardian reports.

He was born on February 7, 1955 to singer Rosemary Clooney and her husband, actor Jose Ferrer. Among his impeccable Hollywood connections (his cousin is George Clooney), Miguel enjoyed an early  encounter with Marilyn Monroe which reveals a great deal about her love of children.

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In her 1999 autobiography, Girl Singer, Rosemary recalled throwing a party at her New York home in the winter of 1955, shortly after Miguel was born. Film director John Huston came with Marilyn, who had recently moved to the city. Rosemary had only met her once before, but Marilyn immediately asked if she could see the baby. Without even brushing the snow off her fur coat, Marilyn headed upstairs to the nursery. About an hour later, Huston asked Rosemary, ‘What the hell’s she doing up there?’ She replied that Marilyn was ‘playing with the baby.’

Before his death, Miguel reprised his role as the gruff FBI forensic pathologist, Albert Rosenfeld, in the forthcoming new series of Twin Peaks. He is not the only cast member with a connection to Marilyn, as her Bus Stop co-star Don Murray will also be making a cameo appearance.

‘Under the Spell of a Bombshell’

The New York Times has reviewed Nobody Else But You, the new French movie about the death of a Monroe wannabe, opening today in New York and Seattle.

“Of all the American cultural symbols that haunt the film, which borrows from the Coen brothers’ Fargo and from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the most indelible by far is Marilyn Monroe, or rather, the dream of Monroe…

As David doggedly continues and eventually finds his own life in danger, Candice’s troubled history is reconstructed through the flashbacks, beyond-the-grave voice-overs and excerpts from her scandalously revealing diaries. Candice’s story eerily mirrors Monroe’s biography in her choices of an athlete, a writer and a politician as husbands and lovers. The movie blithely exploits popular conspiracy theories about Monroe’s death.

If Nobody Else But You is smart and entertaining, it is a little too clever for its own good. As much as I appreciated Mr. Rouve’s dry deadpan detective writer and Ms. Quinton’s seductive, occasionally poignant pinup, I felt continually nudged by the movie’s winking self-awareness.”

And another review from NPR:

“The kinship between the two blondes is the plotline that will polarize Nobody Else But You‘s viewers. Some will be amused by writer-director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu’s elaborate links between Candice and Marilyn. But others will find them too goofy, especially in a film that presents a fairly grim view of how female stars are constructed and then demolished.”

And from Slant magazine:

“The film’s most interesting angle is its focus on female objectification…But such smart moves are negated by the increasingly ill-conceived plot…films trying to glean some shine from Monroe’s legacy have never fared well, and hitting the bullet points of her story overwhelms Nobody Else But You.”