Movie History - Marilyn Monroe
THE DAILY MAIL has a wonderful article about La Monroe, CLICK HERE...
Nine years after Marilyn Monroe's death, Hollywood reporter James Henaghan remembered his friendship with the star and their warm, unguarded moments together:
"I guess I had known it all the time. I knew that I belonged to the public and to the world. The public was the only family, the only Prince Charming, and the only home I ever had dreamed about."
This is a six page article about the legendary Marilyn Monroe (né Norma Jeane Mortenson: 1926 – 1962), her painful beginnings, the cheesecake pictures, the bit-parts and her enormous popularity as a star are all woven into a narrative that never lets the reader forget that her unique type of appeal was something entirely new.
"To Marilyn Monroe, currently the nation's favorite daydream, a trophy won is only a prelude to shinier trophies to come. She learned to act and she learned to dance. Now she is learning to sing...'The Monroe' has taken up vocalizing in a big way, and critics are saying her voice is as arresting as her personality".
The attached COLLIER'S article addresses Marilyn Monroe's preparation for her roll as "Vicky", in the musical "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954), and the numerous tutorials with Hollywood's go-to-guy for musical coaching, Hal Schaefer. She was determined to succeed as a singer, and her sessions with him were both intense and highly productive. Hal Schaefer was a protégé of jazz icon Duke Ellington, and he had worked with her earlier on "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (1953); she was his willing pupil. In 2010 he remembered those days, when he urged her to "listen to and try to emulate the voice of Ella Fitzgerald". The article recalls her earlier musical successes, her recording contract with RCA and is illustrated with the seldom seen photographs of the Marilyn Monroe and Hal Schaefer rehearsal sessions.
Seeing that Marilyn Monroe was married as many as three times, I think we can all assume that her instincts on men are probably not really worth remembering. Happily, however, this piece is about her friendships with men, and she wrote it as an explanation as to why, in matters of good fellowship, she always preferred men over women.
The editors of CORONET MAGAZINE approached the five male luminaries who were working alongside Marilyn Monroe during the making of "The Misfits" and asked each of them to comment on "the Monroe character riddle" as he alone had come to view it. These men, John Huston, Eli Wallach, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift and her (soon to be estranged) husband, Arthur Miller, who had written the script, did indeed have unique insights as to who the actress was and what made her tick.
Here is a handy how-to piece by a popular hairdresser of the Fifties explaining how to duplicate Marilyn Monroe's hairdo on your own head - take a look.
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