Monthly Archives: February 2011

‘Jackie or Marilyn’ Reviewed

You can read my review of Pamela Keogh’s book, Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Timeless Lessons on Love, Power, and Style, here

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Top 5 Presidential Moments in Pop Culture

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’ performance at the Kennedy gala of 1962 tops this list, compiled by San Jose Mercury News. Elvis Presley’s meeting with Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton’s saxophone solo on TV’s Arsenio Hall Show also feature.

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‘Bus Stop’ in Peoria, Illinois

Another production of William Inge’s Bus Stop will be staged at the Peoria Civic Center, Illinois, on February 26 at 8pm. Appropriately, it is produced by the Montana Repertory Theatre (in the play, Bo wants to marry Cherie and take … Continue reading

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Marilyn in the Blogosphere

Andy Warhol’s Nine Multi-Colored Marilyns (Reversal Series) (1979-86) sold for £3.2 million at Sotheby’s, London, last Tuesday, after the auction was interrupted by protesters campaigning against cuts to public services, including the arts. John Reznikoff, of University Archives, has spoken … Continue reading

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Sequentially Yours

The Guardian reviews a new Elliott Erwitt exhibition, showing at London’s Atlas Gallery until March 19, including a series following Marilyn during filming of the famous ‘subway scene’ in The Seven Year Itch, NYC, 1954. ” Photographing Marilyn Monroe…Erwitt plays … Continue reading

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MM Film Season in New Jersey

A screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes heads a month-long ‘Essential Marilyn Monroe Film Series’ at Middletown Library, NJ. on Monday, February 28, at 7pm. Admission free. Here’s the full schedule: Monday, February 28th, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) Monday, March 7th, … Continue reading

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Earl Moran Painting Sold

This is one of Earl Moran‘s paintings, based on his pin-up photos of the young Marilyn. It sold at Heritage Auctions, Beverly Hills, last Friday – for $86, 650, more than seven times the asking price. More details over at … Continue reading

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Red, White and Blonde

Peter Goddard has reviewed ‘Life as a Legend’ and ‘Marilyn in Canada’, both now showing at Toronto’s The McMichael. ‘Norma Jeane Baker was naked, not yet “a nude,” in posing for Kelley. Her pale arms are outstretched behind her head, … Continue reading

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Larry McMurtry on Marilyn

Larry McMurtry is an American novelist and screenwriter. Many of his stories have been adapted for film, including Hud, The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove. In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, … Continue reading

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‘Monkey Business’ Reappraised

Film critic Peter Bradshaw, of The Guardian, thinks Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952), featuring Marilyn as inept secretary Miss Laurel, is an ‘ace ape jape’: “It is part romp, part druggie-surrealist masterpiece, and a complete joy. ‘Monkey Business’ is undervalued … Continue reading

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