In a heartbreaking Oct. 9, 1954, letter from Yankee legend DiMaggio, her second husband, he begs her to come back home three days after she announced to the world that she was divorcing him.
"Marilyn, I keep reading reports about you being sick and naturally I'm concerned … I love you and want to be with you. There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me so that I can help you regain your once healthy self.
"My heart split even wider seeing you cry in front of all these people and looking as though you were ready to collapse at any...
Take a photo of Marilyn Monroe nearly anywhere in the world and she is instantly recognizable. Ask any stranger on the street who she is and they'll know.
Young and old, male and female, people spanning multiple generations know who Marilyn Monroe is and her fame spans decades, countries and cultures.
Marilyn is one of the most well known and enduring stars of all time, yet her name evokes in the general public not much more than blonde hair, breathy voice singing Happy Birthday, and a skirt flying up over her knees. To the woman who...
You know a lot of people have, oh gee, real quirky problems that they wouldn’t dare have anyone know. But one of my problems happens to show: I’m late. I guess people think that why I’m late is some kind of arrogance and I think it is the opposite of arrogance. I also feel that I’m not in this big American rush, you know, you got to go and you go to go fast but for no good reason. The main thing is, I want to be prepared when I get there to give a good performance or whatever to the best of my ability. A lot of people can be there on time and do nothing, which I have seen them do, and...
Fortunately, to cheer her up, Hugo came to mind, and with a squeal she runs to the car, calls me to join her, and we’re off to get Hugo, who was getting a check-up at the local kennel. One could never tell by looking at him whether or not these sudden reunions pleased him. His face would mask every emotion; like a great actor he kept you guessing. At times—I had seen this reunion often—he would almost smile, but a stiff upper lip got in the way, leaving Hugo with nothing, absolutely nothing.
Marilyn always loved and empathized with animals. Throughout her life she had a succession of pets, and she would be deeply affected if she ever came across an animal suffering or the victim of cruelty.
This sensitivity was evident during her marriage to James Dougherty: when he once came home with a rabbit ready to skin and eat, Norma Jeane refused to touch the animal and was inconsolable for hours. Things were worse when he came home after a hunting trip with a deer that was still alive. Heartbroken, Norma Jean pleaded with him no to harm the mortally wounded creature, but it was...
During her marriage to Arthur, Marilyn had two parakeets , Butch and Bobo. Norman Rosten wrote about Butch: “Marilyn calls to him (her); he sits on her shoulder, she coos and whistles, carries him to her lips, and ole Butch leans over and kisses her. ‘You’re a cute parakeet,’ Marilyn says to Butch. Butch loves to hear her voice, figuring she’s just as cute as a parakeet herself. I believe that Butch is in love with her.”
Marilyn loved Hugo, but the dog seemed perpetually depressed. Marilyn once tired to cheer him up by giving him a teaspoon...
Sunday, August 4th at 6:00 PM A complimentary screening of "The Final Days" at the Historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, co-hosted by Marilyn Remembered Fan Club President Greg Schreiner. This documentary has never been shown in a movie theater. Don't miss this chance to see Marilyn Monroe in her final film, shown on the big screen. This showing is FREE. Snacks will be provided, and spirits will be available for purchase in the lobby.
Tickets to the upcoming world premiere drama Marilyn…Madness, & Me will be given away in a special drawing.
Honestly, I have no patience for people who seem to confuse Marilyn Monroe with the characters she played onscreen. Most people who do this have seen one of three roles - Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Girl in The Seven Year Itch, or Sugar in Some Like It Hot, and - though they are only a fraction of her onscreen performances - those roles have typecast her into that ‘dumb blond’ stereotype (the fact is often overlooked that those women themselves are actually all unique in their own ways, portrayed with different layers by Marilyn, and none of them are stupid or even...