Marilyn Monroe at the St. Jude’s Hospital Benefit in Hollywood, CA, 1953.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed at the 1962 Golden Globes, she won “Female World Film Favorite.”
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Sleepovers with Marilyn Monroe. ♡
➳ An ︎Inside look of Marilyn’s home (Part 3): 882 North Doheny Dr. 1953.
This was her thirty-fifth apartment/house she lived in up until this point, and she was twenty-seven at the time. Although she tried to make each place feel like home, this was one of her first official apartments - the others were rooms rented at hotels. When she first moved in, Joe DiMaggio, whom she’d been dating for about a year, helped her move in. After doing so, Jane Russell helped with some ideas for the interior design. The apartment was on the first floor and just a small three-room apartment with a fireplace and white carpeting.
In her living room, she proudly displayed her baby grand piano, which was newly painted white. Her book collection sat on custom made shelves that lined her wall above her red couch. Her tables, both a side table and chest, has clocks, lamps, flowers, small decor trinkets like candle sticks and drinking glasses that are likely in a silver color. Many of her pieces similar that were auctioned after her death were silver.
She had a large TV set, likely for Joe as Marilyn rarely watch television, she preferred reading and listening to music, and her fireplace is visual. On the table text to her rests two pictures of her as a little girl. <3 On her wall is an art portrait and lined on the shelves are her three awards: Redbook Award, Henrietta Award, Look Magazine Plaque which was presented to her by Lauren Bacall. On the table in front of her is a dish platter as she looks through some letters.
In her bedroom, she has the same bedding as she did at her Beverly Carlton apt., and on her bedside table are a small collection of books, likely the ones she was reading at the time. A glass dish is in the center next to a bottle of Chanel No. 5. It was 1953 that she first public stated she slept only in that perfume. Her travel clock by Westclox sits next to her lamp.
She lived here until 1954 when she and Joe got married.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Cecil Beaton at the Ambassador Hotel in New York City, February 22nd, 1956. Some of these images were used in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
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Marilyn Monroe having her hair done by Gladys Rasmussen, behind the scenes of There’s No Business Like Show Business, 1954.
Around this time she was at her platinum blonde hair, Rasmussen said, “…The way we got her shade of platinum is with my own secret blend of sparkling silver bleach plus twenty volume peroxide and a secret formula of silver platinum to take the yellow out.” Later on in her life, she would had her hair re-platinum by an old stylist in San Diego who had assisted with Jean Harlow’s color and curls.
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Marilyn Monroe as Amanda Dell in Let’s Make Love (1960).
The film was originally entitled The Billionaire and was to star her and Gregory Peck, but after he stepped down, after her character had been developed, the film was delayed for several weeks. One of her first days on set with Yves Montand, her new leading man, she told him, “You’re going to see what it means to shoot with the worst actress in the world.”
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Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959).
During filming, she was in the early stages of pregnancy. Though she cautiously tried to take it easy, personal issues - like some marital problems with Arthur, suggested by a letter he sent her - and professional obligations made it difficult for her. Dispute these strains, her lifelong battle with endometriosis ultimately made it perhaps impossible she’d ever carry a baby to term.
When she miscarried in December of 1958, she was inconsolable. She later remarked no one could definitively say the reason for the cause of it, but she had an obligation to her co-stars and her contract that she could not take time off of filming. She promised herself the next time she became pregnant, she would retire for the entire nine months to ensure extra protection. She unfortunately never had the chance to do so.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Frank Powolny, 1952.
“You see, I’m forced to admit that all of my adult life I have preferred to dress for men rather than for other women. For this reason, I suppose, I can not expect other women to appreciate or even like my clothes. But I do, and I was hurt by the accusation that I have no taste in my manner of dress. It is simply that, during the relatively few years I have been able to afford pretty clothes, I have always been most at ease when I am presenting myself on an unmistakably feminine level. Every suit, every dress, and every gown I own was carefully selected for its potential effect. Personally, too, I feel that if more women followed this same principle they would be more feminine. But that’s only my own opinion.”
- “Am I Too Daring?” by Marilyn Monroe, Modern Screen, July, 1952.
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Marilyn Monroe in a costume test for her character Joyce Mannering in Let’s Make It Legal (1951). In her small role, she starred alongside Claudette Colbert and McDonald Carey, who later remembered, “One day I was in make-up, there was Marilyn being made up too. She was pleasant enough, but when it was time to go to set they sent a big limo for her, and the jeep for me. She only had a few lines to say!”
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Marilyn Monroe photographed during what would be her last interview in July, 1962, by Allan Grant. The lengthy interview was conducted by Richard Meryman and was published in Life on August 3rd.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Frank Powolny, 1952. This dress was deigned by Oleg Cassini and was first seen on Gene Tierney in On the Riviera. The dress is a bright red color and its self-tie detailing a mauve purple.
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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller rest on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1958.
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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller photographed in New York by Sam Shaw, June 12th, 1957.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed backstage at the Arthritis & Rheumatism charity event in March, 1955.
“People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.” – Excerpt from “My Story”, a ghost written “autobiography” by Ben Hecht composed of compiled from interviews with Marilyn.
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Sleepovers with Marilyn Monroe. ♡
➳ An ︎Inside look of Marilyn’s home (Part 2): Beverly Carlton Hotel 1952.
Photos by Philippe Halsman and Andre de Dienes.
In this next series of Marilyn at home, her artistic side is beautifully highlighted as she surrounded herself with various books and records.
On two twin bookshelves, she has works by Leo Tolstoy, a Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein biography, Peace of Mind, Nana, Men of Music, Arthur Miller’s Focus, Snobs, a collection of pieces by Oscar Wilde, Thomas Wolfe’s Letters to His Mother, art books, and clearly so much more! A photograph of Eleonora Duse rests in the back, whom she looked up to as an actress and artist, as well as flowers that encircle her furniture. Her pieces look to be about a silver grey/white oak color, even a natural or golden oak; of course, this depends on lighting in which the photograph was taken.
She proudly displays her Henrietta Award, which she received on January 26th of that year for “Best Young Box Office Personality” of 1951.
A white pale trash can sits beneath her desks and a very large suitcase sits beside it, with the travel tags still on it, “TWA” aka Trans World Airlines, at LaGuardia airport in Queen, New York City. At that point, Marilyn hadn’t traveled very much. She hoped to see “all the wonders of the world,” she said.
She had a neat collection of records, but clearly seen here is the works of Franz Schubert, an Austrian composer who passed away at the age of 31 in 1928. Marilyn was a huge fan of classical and jazz music.
That year, she told reporter Harrison Carroll she planned on moving into a bigger apartment, “One with a kitchenette so I can cook.”
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Eve Arnold, 1960.
“I have learned how to care for the body, believe me. Years ago, someone gave me a book by a Renaissance artist-anatomist, Vesalius. Ever since reading that book I have tried consistently to care for and properly develop the body. Of course, the proper balance of diet and exercise is the key to health and the condition of the body. It is easy to eat too much and exercise too little. I sometimes find it hard to discipline myself on this. But it has to be done, not only to look well, but to be well.” —Marilyn to Arlene Dahl, April 1960.
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Marilyn Monroe with Maurice Chevalier on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1958. When asked to make a choice between Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, Chevalier replied, “I would like to walk down the boulevard with Marilyn on my right arm and Brigitte on my left - and you understand. I’m right handed.”
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