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Hi there, I have a question for you. What is your opinion on Laurence Olivier? Do you like him? Also, what is your opinion on when he worked with Marilyn? Thanks.

Sorry for such a late reply, I barely go on here and tumblr isn’t showing the little red thing when there are messages so I just checked. 

So first off I am not a fan of Olivier. I don’t know too much about his personal life so I don’t want to judge him in that way but he’s always given me the impression of being a snob. His acting does not inspire me in any way and unless it’s a film that I really want to see I tend to avoid his films. 

Having said that he did have some legitimate reasons to be annoyed with Marilyn, like her being late or needing to have Paula around (her acting got better with Paula but personally I don’t think the Strasbergs were a great influence on her personal life). Marilyn could have quite the temper. But nothing is ever one-sided. Olivier had a warning from Joshua Logan saying that while Marilyn could be troublesome but that she’s worth it. So he had to expect some issues. As well, as a director he seemed to not be able to work with someone whose acting style is different than his and that caused quite a few issues.  The casting of the rest of the crew didn’t exactly help since they were from the play (which featured Olivier and Vivien Leigh in the main roles) and they (and he) excepted Marilyn to play Elsie as Vivien had.  Rather than trying to understand that this was a big role to take and that Marilyn was in a foreign place and may be overwhelmed by it all, he would act like a condescending ass at times.  Later in life he admitted that she was the only thing that was good about the film (and she was, she acted his pants off).

Overall some personalities just don’t mix. 

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Thoughts on the documentary "Love, Marilyn"?

Um well I suggest that instead of watching the whole thing you first turn the documentary to mute, second fast forward to the videos of Marilyn, third go to the library or book store and take out/ buy Fragments.

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Did you see My Week With Marilyn? I really like it and I think Michelle did a great job acting as Marilyn (her voice could've been better but I'm picky so it doesn't really matter), but I want to know what you think


Seriously the only thing I liked was when (it’s been like a year or more since I’ve seen it so pardon if it’s the wrong character) the young guy said something along the lines of “everyone was pulling at Marilyn wanting her to go their way” which from what I read is a pretty accurate description.

But I guess it was better than Norma Jean & Marilyn. They are both based on the creation of fantasies by males not at all important to Marilyn’s life. 

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Do you have a favorite Marilyn photographer?

Sorry that I’m answering a whole year later (shhhh this is funny….).
Um that’s a difficult question cause as time passes by there’s new info as to who took the photo. Sometimes on photo shoots they’d have multiple photographers, like here there are three photographers or here also three. Or sometimes certain photographer’s daughters (*cough* Bruno Bernard’s daughter *cough*) take credit for other photographer’s work. 
Also Marilyn was so damn photogenic that it’s difficult to find bad photos of her, even with her herp-derp face she still looks amazing, which makes it difficult to like just certain photo shoots. [Having said that I can’t stand the Willy Rizzo shoot; that’s really the only shoot I’m not a fan of]. 

Sorry for the long answer. Short answer: no.

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Hey girl. Did Hugh Hefner ever meet/speak to MM in any way? Also did he ask if he could use her pics in playboy? Also did MM get any royalties or anything from the magazine? Thanks a lot.

Hey sorry that I’m answering late I finally finished all my essays and exams.

      They never met but according to Hugh they talked once. During the shooting of Something’s Got to Give, Lawrence Schiller (photographer) came to talk to Marilyn about being on the cover of a December issue of Playboy. According to Michelle Morgan Marilyn said she’d think about it, but according to Hugh, he and Marilyn discussed it and she may have done it if she didn’t pass away. 
     No because the rights of the photos were not Marilyn’s but Tom Kelley who sold his rights to a calendar company. Hugh bought a photo for $500 and as they say the rest is history. Marilyn only got paid $50 from Tom and didn’t see a dime from any sales with that photo. [For more info about the shoot: x, x x, xxx]
Hugh has talked about Marilyn [and her importance for Playboy, him, and the sexual revolution] : x, x, x, x.

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"Why do you love Marilyn Monroe?", I’m always asked. Well, I’ll explain briefly.

Other than the fact that she was a great actress, with excellent comedic timing and a fantastic aura of acting passion, she was also very much flesh and blood.

Marilyn didn’t have a wonderful upbringing. She didn’t know her father, rarely saw her mother (who was mentally ill), grew up in orphanages and foster homes and was married at 16. She had been abused, scared and felt unwanted.

This girl, who was so ashamed of herself mentally and physically after what she had endured as a child still managed to pick herself up and say “no” to the people who tried to stop her from living her dream.

She barely ate just to be able to afford to travel to job opportunities, turned down offers of fame and fortune for the sake of sexual company and worked tirelessly to improve her abilities.

After all of this, she managed to rake in millions for the studio and she was paid no more than $300,000 for a film (The Misfits, 1961) when actresses such as Audrey Hepburn were making $750,000 in the same year(Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961). Despite making hige sums of money for the studio, she was treated with very little dignity or respect. So, she went a made her own production company (Marilyn Monroe Productions) where she had more control and freedom. However, this back fired due to her contract requiring more films from her. But she put on a brave face and made those films which were some of the best films of her career. 

Marilyn was so nervous, unsure and anxious about her talent, her personality and her decisions she required people to be around her all the time to make her feel better. She felt she needed guidance to make her feel as if she was wanted and loved.

There is no doubt that Marilyn was a difficult person to work with. She was late and too nervous to act at times causing her to shut herself away and reportedly be rude to cast and crew. However, this Marilyn Monroe outlines the fact that was such a perfectionist in her own work that she would get frustrated and upset if things weren’t to the standards she believed she felt she should deliver.

Why do I love Marilyn Monroe? Because the little girl who came from nothing always tried to reach her highest heights with all the passion inside of her. She was generous and giving but never let people walk over her when it wasn’t on her terms. Sadly, she needed people that were probably no good for her. She was too accepting. These people that seemed to expect so much causing her to lose her confidence, her ability to sleep or to wake up leading her to take medication that she wouldn’t have needed if she had just been able to see how wonderful she was. As an actress, as an outstanding beauty, as a person.

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I have a question! I wanted to ask you about Marilyn and Ava Gardner because I've seen some posts here and there about them allegedly being friends and going to parties when they were both starting out, but Ava was in Hollywood years before Marilyn and she got really famous the year Marilyn just started out around 1946? I also read that Marilyn barely went out to parties and had trouble mingling with people and didn't have many female friends. Also, wouldn't there be photos + mentions of it in b


I started answering this message before I read the second part so sorry if I’m repeating.
Also, why are all the messages anon (it makes it seems like I messaged myself)?

I was actually wondering the same thing. I just finished reading Secret Conversations, and I have Love is Nothing by Lee Server (both about Ava; second one is taking me a while cause the book is ginormous and my attention span is short) and they really don’t mention Marilyn. Neither do any of the Marilyn books that I have.  I don’t have Ava’s bio, maybe there is a mention there but I really doubt it.
I saw the Dorothy Dandridge film with Halle Berry (the woman that played Marilyn really shouldn’t have) and it has a scene where Marilyn, Ava and Dorothy are hanging out. But like you mentioned, Ava was already gaining popularity when Marilyn was just starting out. They may have met, but no photos are available to the public of it. They did have things in common (coming from poverty, rising to fame because of looks, a relationship with Frank Sinatra, and having Phil Moore as a vocal coach[according to Love is Nothing, Ava was tutored by him while he was dating Dorothy], etc.). From what I read Ava was sympathetic to Marilyn after her death (I haven’t read Ava mentioning anything about Marilyn during M’s lifetime).

In ‘Love is Nothing’ it states: “James Baldwin-Jimmy wanted Ava to come and join him picketing outside Arthur Miller’s play After the Fall because it was so mean to Marilyn Monroe.” (Ava was had the flu so I don’t think she went.)

In “Ava Gardner: Secret Conversations” it states: “I know a lot of men fantasize about me: that’s how Hollywood gossip becomes Hollywood history. Someday someone is going to say, ‘All the lies ever told about Ava Gardner are true,’ and the truth about me, just like the truth about poor, maligned Marilyn [Monroe] will disappear like names on old tombstones.” 

To sum up the Ava part: Doubt they were close friends, at most it seems like they may have been acquaintances. 

Now for Dorothy, it’s also very mysterious.  I asked a Dorothy blog about it and she said they were (it’s almost impossible to find a Dorothy bio in Narnia). There is a photo of them, although it’s not in very good quality (also that post has an extract from Earl Mill’s book [I found it on the internet] about Marilyn’s and Dorothy’s friendship; not being a Dorothy expert I can’t tell you if his book is reliable).  While racism was clearly a large issue during those times, and it may have affected how ‘out in the open’ Marilyn’s friendships were; I don’t think their friendship was as confined by that (if that makes any sense) because Marilyn was friends with famous African American people like Sammy Davis Jr., and Ella Fitzgerald. The studio may have killed stories regarding Marilyn and unknown African Americans (there is a story that she had a relationship with a black man but it didn’t last long because they had to sneak around, and there was a time when Marilyn and William Travilla went to an exclusively black club and had their photo taken with a mystery man but when the photo became public the people publishing the photo cut out the black man to avoid  a scandal).  
I think Dorothy and Marilyn mingled but I feel like if they (Ava and Dorothy) were big parts of her life, biographers would have mentioned them like the Rostens, the Miltons, and the Strasbergs.  
I hope they were friends, but I don’t think anyone would be able to handle the three of them in one room; too much perfection for one film era, let alone one room.

(Sidenote: Ava was friends with Dorothy, it’s mentioned in Love is Nothing.)

Yea… so I guess that didn’t really help, I just kinda repeated what you said…. But from everything I’ve seen there just isn’t enough for me to say “yes they were all best of friends.”

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       ”A woman can’t be alone,” she said. “She needs a man. A man and a woman support and strengthen each other. She just can’t do it by herself…” I glanced around the big apartment and suddenly it seemed empty and lonely. But at the same time I had the feeling it would not remain that way very long. I was sure of it.
      “Love and work are the two most important things in the world,” she said.
       ”How do you define love?” I asked. She was silent and still for a long, long moment.
      “Love is… relationship,” she said at last. She groped for her words. “A women needs to- well, to support a man, emotionally, I mean. And a man needs to be strong. This is partly what it means to be feminine and to act feminine. Men need  women to be feminine.” As she said it, the thought somehow seemed new and fresh.
        I asked her whether she believed that aggressive, competitive American women sometimes emasculated American men. 
       ”No… I don’t think so,” she answered solemnly. “And if they have, it’s not the wives who have done it, but the mothers. Anyway, that’s what Freud says.” Suddenly, her solemnity gave way to a twinkly. “If it were true that American women have emasculated the American male, I simply  couldn’t bear it!”  It was the old Monroe, doing her “I love sex” routine. She did it easily, in a well rehearsed manner. But I had the feeling that such superficiality no longer was a part of the new Monroe.
       The afternoon light was deepening in the room. I realized it was growing late.
       ”I want what every woman wants-of course I do,” she volunteered, as she squeezed some lemon over my caviar canape. She seemed to pause.
       ”Love, strength, reassurance?” I hazarded, trying to share her feelings.
       ”Yes, yes! And…
       ”To give?” I asked.
       ” Yes, to give!she said.
      She looked reflective. “Once I heard John Steinbeck say: ‘You know what’s wonderful about a wife? She’s there!’ It was at a dinner party, so of course the conversation wasn’t entirely serious- but you know, it meant something, what he said.” 
         "Can a woman be there, if she’s off somewhere, working?" I asked.
          “Oh, of course,” she said.  She seemed startled, amazed. “She’s there if she’s ‘there’- even when she isn’t there, if you see what I mean. That is… it isn’t the quantity of the time that matters, it’s the quality of the relationship…” I felt I understood, even if it seemed illogical. And moments later I agreed completely when she said: “Oh, I think it’s perfectly possible to believe two contradictory things at the same time- don’t you?” 

-From an interview which took place in March 1961 with Margaret Parton for Ladies Home Journal but was rejected for being too “favorable.” It was eventually published in Look Magazine in 19 February 1979. Photograph from Golden Globe Awards in 1962.

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who were marilyn's drama coaches/where did she take acting classes?

No hello/goodbye/thank you/ please/i like your blog/i like you/ i want to be you/i want to wear your skin…. too far too far. 

Um she had a few different ones (from Adam Victor’s book):
*1947-49: The Actors Lab (Phoebe Brand and Morris Carnovsky)
*1948-1955: Natasha Lytess
*1951-53: Michael Chekhov
*1953: Lotte Goslar
*1955: Constance Collier
*1955-1961: The Actors Studio (Lee Strasberg, Paula Strasberg) 
as well as dozens of voice coaches, singing teachers and choreographers.  

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'I saw that what she looked like was not what she really was, and what was going on inside her was not what was going on outside, and that always means there may be something there to work with. In Marilyn's case, the reactions were phenomenal. She can call up emotionally whatever is required for a scene. Her range is infinite.'
-Lee Strasberg, creator-director of the Actors Studio

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"She was alive in a way not granted the rest of us. She communicated such a charge of vitality as altered our imagination of life, which is the job and wonder of art. Hollywood, Broadway, the nightclubs all produce their quote of sex queens, but the public takes them or leaves them; the world is not as enslaved by them as it was by Marilyn Monroe, because none but she could suggest such a purity of sexual delight. The boldness with which she could parade herself and yet never be gross, her sexual flamboyance and bravado which yet breathed an air of mystery and even reticence, her voice which carried such ripe overtones of erotic excitement and yet was the voice of a shy child- these anomalies were intergral to her gift. And they described a young woman trapped in a never-never land of unawareness. Even while she symbolised an extreme of sexual knowingness, she took each new circumstance of life like a newborn babe. And this is what made her luminous. The glow was not rubbed off by the ugliness of life because finally in some vital depth, she had been untouched by it."

-Diana Trilling, author and critic

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I hope this isnt considered a rude question, but what is the story behind Marilyn's ever-changing bust size? In all of her swimsuit pictures, she looks to have around a C-cup yet many of her glamour and film shoots show off a much more voluptuous figure. Did she often wear dramatic push-up/padded bras? Or did her bust genuinely change so drastically as she gained/lost weight?
When I asked her, “Has anyone ever accused you of wearing falsies?” she came through with a genuine Monroeism.

“Yes,” she told me, her eyes flashing indignantly.  “Naturally,” she went on, “it was another actress who accused me. My answer to that is, quote: Those who know me better know better.  That’s all.  Unquote.”

From an article by Pete Martin entitled “The New Marilyn” from Saturday Evening Post, May 5, 1956. 

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Do you know Marilyn's measurements?(:

It depends on who you listen to, also her measurements changed through the years. She’d lost weight, she gained weight (during her pregnancies). From Adam Victor’s The Marilyn Encyclopedia:

    Marilyn’s “vital statistics” as they were once called, naturally varied over the years. They also changed depending on who was giving out the numbers.
    In 1945, when she signed up to the Blue Book Modeling Agency, Norma Jean declared:

     height: 5’55’
     weight: 118 pounds
     measurements: 36-24-34, size 12  (My note: sizes in the 40s were different than now, the general rule is to divide by 2 but like now sizes varied from store to store)
    hair color: medium blonde, “too curly to manage, recommend      bleach and permanent”
    eyes: blue and “perfect teeth”

  In her first national feature in a 1951 issue of Collier’s magazine, starlet Marilyn ws billed as 37-23-34.
   In her earliers studio biographies Marilyn’s height is up by half an inch to 5’5 1/2, and, inexplicably, her date of birth was brought forwards to 1928. Twentieth Century-Fox initially quoted her measurements at 36 1/2-23-34, but by 1955 she was advertised as 38-23-36, a set of measurements corroborated by Marilyn’s costume designer, William Travilla.
    When filming Let’s Make Love (1960), Marilyn was a voluptuous size 16 (refer to above note), and weighed around 140 lbs. Much has been written on the difference between the curvy Marilyn and today’s waif models, but it should be remembered that because of changes to the way the clothing sizes are calculated, a 16 in the fifties is equivalent to a size 12 (sometimes said to be 8) today. Marilyn took a U.S. size 7AA in shoes. 
    Even Marilyn’s famous quip about using her measurements as her epitaph comes in different versions: it’s either ‘Here lies Marilyn Monroe, 37-22-35’ or ‘Here lies Marilyn Monroe, 38-23-36.”

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I've noticed that you tend to always say the affair between Marilyn and JFK was nonexistent and I wanted to know how you can be sure? I don't have much of an opinion on it but I don't think you or anyone else can say for sure whether or not it happened. Anyways don't take this as an insult, I'm just curious as to where you've gotten your facts. Xx

Sorry I’ve been feeling really sick lately so I’ve been avoiding Tumblr.

Did you read the posts I linked to the ask that asked about JFK and Marilyn[x][x]?  And to all the asks I (most of the time) add “I wasn’t there” so no I can’t be sure of anything in Marilyn’s life (and you shouldn’t trust anyone that tells you ‘this is exactly how it happened’). But I make an educated opinion from reading a variety of (reliable) sources (not Jeanne Carmen, Robert Slatzer, and Norman Mailer).  
A majority of the rumors (and quotes) floating about Marilyn now, have risen after her death when she could no longer defend herself.  And if we believe all the rumors about Marilyn.. well then I don’t know how she had time to make any films, sleeping with everyone in Hollywood/Washington would surely take up all her time. 
The only affair that has substantial proof is the one she had with Yves Montand. The facts of the Kennedy-Monroe “affair” is that they met four times (read the links above).