Archive | August 2012

And the winner is?

For the whole month of August, we have been running a contest that honors the unlived life of Marilyn Monroe. So, though it’s the last of the month, there is still time for you to take part. Here’s a recap:

On August 5, 1962 Marilyn Monroe’s life ended all too soon. She left a nation of fans who mourned her then. And now, people from all walks of life and from all around the world mourn her still today. Fan groups for Marilyn Monroe reach around the globe. On Facebook, Marilyn has three million-plus fans, 70 percent of them under the age of 24. She also has some 53,000 Twitter followers. This tells its own story don’t you think? That although she is dead in body, she is very much alive in everything else!

Marilyn Monroe is remembered for many things. Movies, songs, commercials, photo shoots, just to name a few. Stars today are claiming that they think of Marilyn before an important event trying to emulate her as much as possible. They have photo shoots copying Marilyn’s past shots and outfits. She was and still is considered the sexiest woman ever. We don’t think the world will ever be over Marilyn.

So, as the authors of What She Knew, we wanted to celebrate her ‘un-lived life’ by honoring her memory and giving the world a look into ‘what if Marilyn Monroe had lived?’ Ours is a story of what never was but what could have been if she had lived. You can check out details about our book at http://www.whatsheknew.com.

For all of August, we are honoring Marilyn . We are hosting special book signings; supporting two of her favorite charities, March of Dimes and St. Jude’s Hospital; sharing little known secrets on radio shows; and other signature events all this month. Here’s how you can take part.

There are several ways that you can join us in this celebration. We are hosting several contests to enable us give to lots of money to the above charities and offer you a wonderful prize for participating.

1) Submit your favorite Marilyn Monroe quote to whatsheknew@gmail.com or as a comment to this post. Winners are randomly drawn weekly for various What She Knew signature prizes.

2) Buy our book, any format; send us a screen shot of the purchase to whatsheknew@gmail.com. You will then be entered in a random drawing to take place on Sept 1st to win the grand prize.
That’s all there is to it! Easy right? And, know that by purchasing the book you not only have a chance to win the grand prize (details below,) you too are helping support Marilyn’s favorite charities.

Grand Prize:
~~One hour of Skype time with us, the authors. You can ask anything book or writing related.
~~A signed, 1st edition of What She Knew (no longer available to the general public.)
~~A What She Knew Signature Pink Purse (filled with all kinds of goodies.)
~~A Marilyn Monroe Clock.
~~Other What She Knew Signature goodies

And, as a bonus, if you purchase a paperback version of the book we will give you two entries and if you purchase a hardback version we will give three entries for the grand prize drawing! Ebooks count as one entry.

Thanks in advance for participating in this month-long contest. Remember, What She Knew books make excellent gifts for others. So purchase the book(s) this month so that you have a chance at cool prizes, you can help Marilyn’s favorite charities and have your gifts for the upcoming holidays all taken care of!!

Blessings,
K.R. and T.L.
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How much????

As we wind up the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Marilyn Monroe, we thought you might enjoy to see just how much money a few of her things recently sold for at auction. Let us just warn you, these are just ‘things’ that’s all. And yet, people were willing to pay huge sums to possess something that Marilyn had worn or touched. Even today, 50 years after her passing, she still ranks as one of the biggest draws monetarily at auctions.

The Seven Year Itch Dress: $5.6 Million

There are few images more iconic than that of Marilyn Monroe standing over a New York City subway grate as a gust of wind blows up her dress in The Seven Year Itch. With this being the most famous photo shoot of Monroe’s life, it’s no surprise that auction attendees were willing to spend big bucks to get their hands on the legendary white pleated dress. Actress Debbie Reynolds sold Monroe’s costume for $5.6 million, just one piece of her personal Hollywood memorabilia collection.

 

 

Happy Birthday, Mr. President Gown: $1,267,500

One of the most memorable Marilyn moments was when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Garden in 1962 for his 45th birthday.  Marilyn Monroe wore a jewel-encrusted, nude dress that she was rumored to have been sewn into. In 1999, the widow of Monroe’s former acting coach, Lee Strasberg, put the dress up for auction. A Manhattan-based collectible company Gotta Have It! paid $1,267,500 for the one-of-a-kind gown. The president of Gotta Have It! Robert Schargen, told reporters at the time that he would have paid twice that amount.

 

Wedding Band from Joe DiMaggio: $772,500

Two years after Monroe started dating famous Yankee Joe DiMaggio, the two married in San Francisco on January 14, 1954. After their wedding, he gave her a platinum eternity band with thirty-five baguette-cut diamonds, which sold at a Christie’s in 1999 for $772,500. Though their notoriously tumultuous marriage didn’t last, like the song Marilyn sang, the diamonds certainly are forever.

 

Baby Grand Piano: $662,500

It took years of searching for Monroe to track down the white piano belonging to her mother, Gladys. After her mother, who was a paranoid schizophrenic, was institutionalized, most of the family’s belongings were sold, including the sentimental piano. “My happiest hours as a little girl were around that piano,” the actress once said, according to The New York Times. “Even when I didn’t have enough money to eat, I borrowed money to keep that piano in storage.” In 1999, Mariah Carey purchased this piano from Christie’s. “I had to fight for it,” Carey told Playboy of the piano in 2007. “I know it was expensive, but it was important to me. It’s in my will that if anything should happen to me, the piano goes to a museum, which is where I think it should have gone in the first place.” Carey even recently named her ‘Baby Monroe’ after the late actress.

Rolex Gift to JFK: $120,000

After crooning “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK, Monroe reportedly gave him a gold Rolex with the inscription: “Jack, with love as always Marilyn May 29th 1962.” The scandalous birthday gift—which, rumor has it, JFK instructed his aide, Kenneth O’Donnell to get rid of—sold for $120,000 back in 2005. There has since been a lot of speculation about the watch’s place in history. Bill Panagopulos, founder of Alexander Autographs, the Greenwich, CT auction house where the Rolex sold, opened up about the discrepancy: “It’s the hardest thing I have ever had to estimate, historic relics, especially when there is a hint of scandal attached, defy any attempt by an auctioneer to estimate their selling price.”

Makeup Case: $266,500

No one looks as good as Marilyn Monroe without the help of at least a little makeup. Monroe’s 5-drawer travel makeup case, filled with cosmetics—some of which were still in their original boxes—was auctioned off at Christies in 1999 for $266,500. The case included lipsticks, eyeliner, nail polish, paper fans and a small collection of matchbooks from restaurants like long-running NYC theater district hotspot Sardi’s.

It’s crazy.  The amount of money spent on her ‘things’ just baffles us.  We think that Marilyn would agree and that she would encourage these people to help the needy, our troups, or an animal shelter instead.

So, as August comes to an end, we wanted to remind you that the Celebration of Marilyn’s Life is still on for a few more days.  You can still win some fabulous prizes.  For further details about our competition this month, please see our other blog titled “A Celebration of Marilyn.”

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Please welcome our guest K. D. Emerson!

Our guest this week is K.D. Emerson. Woot! Woot! She is one of the busiest people we know and still seems to find time to be an awesome freind (love you Kimmy!) Okay, we know, but it’s true!

Not only is she an author, but she also runs Master Koda, an online, full service publishing and book promoting firm. We highly recommend you check her website out at http://www.masterkoda.com. As K. R. and I like to point out, she IS an author’s BEST friend! Well, let’s jump right in. Take it away, K.D. Emerson! (Koda Kazoo’s for everyone!)

Author Bio:
Author, KD Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager off to conquer the world. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. Follow her on twitter @MstrKoda or you can find her at http://www.masterkoda.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson

K.D. Emerson:

I pulled this scene from the circular file to share with you this week. It was originally going to be one of the opening scenes for the book. I hope you enjoy.

Digitus 233 Deleted Scene

The wind ripped through his hair and rammed against Zander’s face. His stomach tightened as they pushed him out of the cargo hold of the jet. Fear like an icy hand grabbed his throat. He knew he had a parachute on; they must have rigged it to open, but what if that was all just a ploy. Why were they doing this? He felt as though he was going to pass out. Maybe that’s for the best. He would never even know whether the chute opened or not. Black, as far as he could see, not that far with the blindfold cinched tight around his eyes. The rush of wind grabbed at his heart, the pulse throbbing in his temples. And whoosh whoosh whoosh filled his ears. Death was knocking. Death, that long ago foe who stood in every doorway of his childhood. Death, the claw that held him and waited to snatch him away in an instant.

Then, like a giant who grabbed him from behind, the chute opened. He was thrust backward. A magical euphoria came over him and he began to breathe normally again.

‘It’s okay,’ Zander told himself. ‘It’s all part of the game, all part of the camp. They just want to know you can keep your wits about you. You will land, get your barring and then they will come pick you up and take you to the cabins. It’s all good.’

Thump – smack and he hit the ground, hard. His instincts kicked in and he fell into a roll. Then slid across the surface of the earth… and kept sliding. All was still. Then he heard a whop and another whop and a scream tore through the frigid air.

“Are you guys okay? Can you hear me?” He called out. Silence was the answer. ‘I have to get my hands free,’ he thought as he wildly scraped the ropes binding his hands.

The surface of the earth cut into his skin, but he couldn’t worry about that right now. Zander tried to stand up, but his feet flew out from under him. He smacked his head on the ground. Stars spun; he could feel ice against his cheek.

‘What is going on?’ He went back to scrapping his wrists against the surface of the ice and finally felt a snap. His hands were free! He snatched the blindfold from his eyes. Blinding white, the stark sunlight burned to the back of his skull and he slammed his palms against his eyes.

‘Whoa, where are we?’ He slowly parted his fingers and looked around. He saw three bodies lying prone on the ice-covered land, parachutes flapping in the wind. He stood and walked carefully toward them.

“Hey! Hey, you guys!”

No movement.

Wow! What a great scene!! Thank you K.D. for sharing it with all of us! Man, if this is one of the scenes you deleted, how awesome must the scenes be that you left in!! We cannot wait to read the book. K.R. and I are anxiously awaiting its release.  Well, that’s all for this time.

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Interesting tidbits on Marilyn Monroe

Here are nine things that you may have not known about Marilyn Monroe! Some fun, some quirky and some just plain peculiar!

The dress Marilyn wore to sing her famous rendition of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” on May 19, 1962, was so tight it had to be sewn on her 37-23-36 curves. It was sold at auction in 1999 for $1,267,500.00.

Marilyn’s first modeling job at the Radioplane Corporation factory for an article on “Women in War Work” paid only $5.00.

She had a space between her front teeth and wore a little cap to hide it.

Her first roommate in Hollywood was actress Shelley Winters. Marilyn was 21 and Shelley was 26.

One of Marilyn’s nicknames in school while growing up was “Mouse.” “I was very quiet,” Marilyn revealed.

“You could say I wasn’t very popular.”

She was originally cast instead of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”  Writer Truman Capote wanted Marilyn for the part but her acting coach Lee Strasberg advised her it would be bad for her image to play a prostitute.

Marilyn was crowned Miss California Artichoke Queen in 1947.

She was “Playboy’s” first ever Playmate of the Month in 1953 after Hugh Hefner bought the rights to a 1949 nude photo shoot for the princely sum of $500.00.  Hef also bought the burial vault next to Marilyn at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles so he can spend eternity at her side.

Far from being the dumb blonde, she was an avid reader and had a library of more than 400 books when she died, including Tolstoy, Freud, and James Joyce.

Hope you enjoyed these tidbits as much as we did!!

The Celebration Continues!!

Don’t forget, for the month of August we are honoring the life of Marilyn Monroe!!  There’s still time to enter your favorite Marilyn quote and win a prize!  Enter it below and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing for this week.

Also, for the grand prize, purchase a book (any format) and send a screen shot of the receipt to whatsheknew@gmail.com!!  The more you buy, the more entry’s you’ll have!  (Kindle – one entry, softback – two entries, hardback – three entries)  The grand prize includes a Marilyn clock, an hour of time with us over Skype, a What She Knew Signature Pink Purse, a signed 1st edition of the book (no longer in print) and more!!  So, now’s the time to act!  What She Knew books also make a great present for the reader in your life.

Blessings,

K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns

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Please welcome our guest Pennelope Price

Please join us in welcoming our guest author this week Pennelope Price. We ask her some serious questions and some fun questions. Let’s get right to it…..

Where are you from?
I grew up in a suburb of Seattle. Went to college in a cow-town about 90 minutes east of it. Hopped to Spokane for a bit, then back, and eventually ended up in central Pennsylvania. I wrote a blog post about the concept of ‘home’ recently (link), and how it both is and isn’t where my heart is. But the short answer is that I’m from just outside Seattle.

A little about yourself (ie: your education, family life, hobby, etc.)
Easy enough. I’m Penelope, pleased to meet you. I’m in my early 30s, been writing since I could read, and its my number one hobby. I studied History and Japanese in college, but somehow ended up as an English major after all that. I adore rolling dice with my friends (yes, we play old school, pen & paper Roleplaying Games like DnD and Pathfinder), hanging with my significant other (Jack Morgan of PunchJackMorgan.com), planning to adopt a dog, and I spend a lot of time missing my loved ones back in WA (Mom, HP, Sis, Bro-in-Law, and Nephew, in particular).

Tell us your latest news?
Oh! Great timing. Jack and I have been engaged to be married, unofficially, for years. Just recently, we set a date! It’s actually going to happen, at last!

When and why did you begin writing?
I guess it just came as naturally to me as reading. I loved books and I loved stories and I wanted to tell my own. I have literally been writing since I was four and could only cobble together words from “Little Bear’s Christmas” which had a vocabulary list in the front to go with the audio tape. My first story went something like this: up, down, stairs, christmas bear. It was self-illustrated in marker with totally incongruous pictures of pink and green ponies.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve identified as a writer since… I was maybe seven or eight. It’s as intrinsically a part of who I am as breathing, I think. There have been unhappy stretches of time in my life where I simply did not write, but I am always happiest when I do.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Ugh. That’s a stretch back. My first ‘book’ was a kidnapping story. It kicked off my weird obsession with desert settings, its original title was ‘Desert Race’ and I have no idea what inspired it. Probably because I was highly fed-up with the dreck being spoon fed to kids my age at the time. Middle-grade and YA literature has come a long way since 1990 but back then, it felt very…marshmallow. All fluff and sugar, no substance. Mostly, though, it was probably just a combination of urge to create and summer vacation boredom. Tee-hee.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Yeah, but I’m hard pressed to describe it. My blog tends to be very conversational. My current WIP is much more informal and casual than my other works. I just love the English language and I think that shows no matter what I’m working on — or at least, I hope it does.

How did you come up with the title?
Which? Titles are not my strong suit. I have always tended toward bad puns for scholarly papers or blog articles. My books — most of which have never seen the light of day — are all still sitting around with working titles. This includes “Incandescence” and “Inferno” which I am feverishly trying to complete for release! Eeek!

How much of the book is realistic?
Realistic… that’s a hard thing to gauge when you’re writing a Modern-Day Fantasy novel. I mean, the setting is a fictionalized version of a real place. The people, I hope, come across as real. Their emotions and troubles and whatnot – those are real. It’s just that… there are also mages and magic and horrible monstrosities tromping across the landscape.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life, or are they a figment of your imagination? (i.e. – is your hero/heroin you? – is your ‘bad guy’ you or someone you know?)
I think its impossible not to be influenced by the people around you. Some of the characters in “Incandescence” bear names from people I know “in real life”, others possess characteristics. I would not go so far as to say they are ‘based’ on people, but tinged with real-life influence — yes.

What books have influenced your life the most?
Little House on the Prairie. Les Misérables. The Dragon Prince. The Player’s Handbook v.3.5. (Tee-hee). The Fellowship of the Rings. Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
That would be impossible.

What book(s) are you reading now?
Hmm. I am actually between books right now. My summer has just been too crazy to really facilitate any good reading. I have been following a bunch of blogs thanks to the VBT though. There are a lot of talented people in the MasterKoda/TTC group!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
The next book on my list is by Catrina Taylor. Birth of an Empire and Below the Surface. I am SO excited to get my mitts on them, but without a Kindle, it means reading on my computer and that’s kind of a pain. I’ve been planning to buy once since my birthday, but alas…circumstances being what they are…

What are your current projects?
Right now I am finishing up the second edit of “Incandescence”, a modern-day fantasy novel about mages and the apocalypse and working on the first draft of its sequel, “Inferno”.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Two of my English teachers in particular, really celebrated my love of writing and encouraged me to keep it up. Mrs. Dorland and Mr. Dillon.

If you could pick any celebrity to star in the movie version of your book, who would it be?
Argh! I don’t know! Maybe, if we could go back a few years in time, the girl who plays “Alexis”, Castle’s daughter in “Castle”, would make a lovely Hannah. But she may be too ‘pretty’. C’est la vie. I haven’t really thought about it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Well, it’s not ‘done’ yet, so… yes. Tee-hee.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? (a short excerpt would be great)
Of course! Here’s a brief section from “Incandescence”, consider it a world premiere:

Michael was glad for her eagle-eyes because he was having trouble concentrating on the mundane. His mind was weighed down and roiling, full of turbulent thoughts and worries. It had been at least three days now, since they had fled Ocean Shores in his Jeep. Three days with no news, no media, no contact with anyone. They had not seen a soul on the road.

More than anything, Mike just wanted to know what was going on. Worse than the cramping in his empty belly was the absolute dearth of information. He felt starved, as if he were going through withdrawal. Professor McCormick was right, he grinned like a madman, the memory of her impassioned lecture crossing his mind, we are all like crackheads when it comes to the ‘net. Total junkies.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just finding the time and motivation to go on can be daunting at times. That’s my biggest hurdle. And then of course, scraping up the guts to let people read it.

What is your particular writing quirk?
When I was younger, I wrote exclusively while wearing earphones and playing my tape of Bryan Adams’ “So Far So Good” over and over. I’m pleased to say I’ve evolved past that.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, but maybe some day!

Who designed the cover(s)?
No one yet.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Really, writing it wasn’t hard. Editing has been a labor of love; hard as can be, but worth it. Worse, is letting it go into beta readers’ hands and waiting to hear back! That’s the worst!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing “Incandescence” was a departure from my norm. It was a challenge to myself that I could still write a full novel and that it could be good. And in finishing it, I learned that I was right. I can write novels and they are good.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
I quote Dory from “Finding Nemo” by telling people this: Just keep swimming.

Please share your blog/website/facebook/twitter here with us.
http://www.penelopeprice.net
http://www.facebook.com/PenelopePriceWriter
http://www.twitter.com/PP_TheWriter

Thanks for having me, ladies! Much love to you and I cannot WAIT to read the sequel!

PS (the link for the home post is: http://www.penelopeprice.net/2012/07/home-is-heaven-for-beginners/)

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Author Bio: Penelope Price: author, gamer, nerd. Though she has been writing since she learned to read, P.P. did not emerge from her cocoon to join the writing circuit until the year of Tangerine Tango. She is the crazy chick behind this summer’s Incandescence and its sequel, Inferno and can usually be found plotting projects with her partner-in-crime, Jack Morgan of PunchJackMorgan.com. Get updates, gossip and geekery by following P.P. on Facebook (http://facebook.com/PP_TheWriter), Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/PP_TheWriter), and at her blog (http://www.penelopeprice.net).
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Pennelope, it was so awesome to have you with us today. You mentioned above the show “Castle” and using the girl who plays “Alexis” to possibly play your Hannah. She is beautiful, but also real and has the ability to portray a strong yet vunerable young woman. “Castle” is one of our favorite shows, lol!!

We always love getting to know our fellow authors better. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and share a bit of yourself with us and our readers.

Please feel free to leave any comments you want here on our blog and we will make sure that Pennelope sees them.

Blessings,
K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns
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Marilyn, you ought to be in Pictures!

Starry-eyed as a teen, Norma Jeane Dougherty dreamed of fame when she bleached her brunette hair blonde and signed with L.A.’s Blue Book Modeling Agency in 1945. After appearing on dozens of magazine covers (including the first ever edition of Play Boy) she attracted the attention of 20th Century Fox executive Ben Lyon, who arranged a screen shot and declared: “It’s Jean Harlow all over again.” Soon she was lighting up the big screen. She adopted her mother’s maiden name, Monroe, and changed her first name to Marilyn to sound sexier. Finally, a star was born.

Let’s take a look at some of the great films she was in:

1949

Love Happy – You may not know this, but Groucho Marx had a hand in launching Marilyn Monroe’s film career. It is said that he chose Marilyn to appear alongside him after being wowed by her sexy walk at a casting call.

1950

All About Eve – Poor Marilyn! Being new to film, a fearsome Bette Davis made a nervous Marilyn vomit with her onset rants.

Right Cross – Marilyn played her part well as a seductress.

 

The Asphalt Jungle – As a young actress, Marilyn earned herself plaudits for her role as the girlfriend of a crooked lawyer.

1951

Home Town Story – Marilyn played a sexy office secretary in this tale of small town politics.

As Young As You Feel – Playing a curvaceous secretary, Marilyn is propositioned by her married boss.

Love Nest – In this film, Marilyn is a seductive ex-WAC who became the “other woman,” in one of her funniest early films.

1952

We’re Not Married – A star-studded cast included Ginger Rogers and Zsa Zsa Gabor, but Marilyn was coming into her prime in this film. She stole the show in a skimpy swimsuit when she won a “Mrs. Mississippi” contest.

Monkey Business – Marilyn sizzled on-screen, but Cary Grant later said of his co-star: “She seemed very shy, and I remember that when the studio workers would whistle at her, it seemed to embarrass her.”

Clash By Night – Shy off stage maybe, but cuddling with her co-star Keith Andes, Marilyn turned on all her sexy charms in this flick, prompting “The New York Post” to describe her as “a real acting threat to the season’s blondes.”

Don’t Bother To Knock – In a rare opportunity to shed her ditzy image, Marilyn played a mentally unbalanced baby sitter in this disturbing thriller.

1953

Monroe as Pola, Grable as Loco, and Bacall as Schatze

How to Marry a Millionaire – Before filming the first movie ever shot in CinemaScope widescreen, Marilyn was so worried about looking fat alongside co-stars Betty Grable and Lauren Becall, she was desperate to lose weight.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Marilyn only got this choice role alongside Jane Russell, because the studios first choice, Betty Grable, was too expensive. While she sang most of “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend,” a pro singer’s voice was dubbed in for the high notes.

1954

River of No Return – Marilyn really hated this film. She described it as a “Z cowboy movie in which the acting finished third to the scenery and the CinemaScope.” Still, the movie was a standout for Marilyn’s hair extensions and showgirl outfits.

There’s No Business Like Show Business – Marilyn is said to have lamented that she felt her baby-faced co-star, Donald O’Connor. looked to young to be her leading man even though he was a year older than she. Lacking chemistry between them, she had been reluctant to do the movie, but was promised the starring role in “The Seven Year Itch” if she did.

1955

The Seven Year Itch – Oh, the drama created by this film in her own marriage to Joe DiMaggio. Her revealing outfits and sizzling performance drove her hubby wild with jealousy – especially when he turned up on set and caught crew members leering at her. The pose that made Marilyn famous over the NYC grate is what made Joe seethe as the scene was filmed over and over again.

1956

Bus Stop – In this film, Marilyn’s skin was deliberately chalked to make her features even more delicate. She is said to have been heartbroken when she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

1957

The Prince and The Showgirl – Marilyn went to England to film alongside legendary actor Laurence Olivier. Away from the set, she caused quite a stir when she wore a plunging neckline to meet the queen.
A little known note: The production of this film served as the backdrop for the 2011 film “My Week with Marilyn.”

1959

Some Like It Hot – Tony Curtis claimed he got Marilyn pregnant while filming. Tragically, Marilyn who was married to Arthur Miller at the time, miscarried after filming ended. Miller is said to have known about it and asked Tony to leave them alone, promising to never see Marilyn again.

1960

Let’s Make Love – A pole-dancing Marilyn got up close and personal with co-star Yves Montand while filming. This prompted his actress wife Simone Signoret to declare: “It shows she has good taste.”

1961

The Misfits – Marilyn’s marriage to Arthur Miller broke down as she filmed with the man she fantasized about being her father, Clark Gable. She suffered a breakdown during the shoot of what was to be her last completed film.

1962

Something’s Got To Give – This was her last film, and sadly, she didn’t live long enough to finish it. The legend skinny-dipped for this film, and the still shots of her on the side of the pool have circled the globe at least a thousand times.

Thanks for reminiscing with us and enjoying all over again the magic that Marilyn Monroe created when she was on film.

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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Will the real Marilyn please stand up?

Over the years, many woman have wished they were Marilyn Monroe. K.R. and I have a saying, “All women want to be her and all men want to be with her.” There are few who could argue with this. Leaving the tragic parts of her life out, and only focusing on the beautiful, sexy persona of Marilyn Monroe, most people across the globe would agree.

There have been a few lucky stars who have had the honor of portraying Marilyn on the big screen. Others have been transformed in likeness for a few hours for a photo shoot. Some actresses have admitted that they channel Marilyn when modeling or appearing at award ceremonies exclaiming the boost in confidence that it gives them. Well, who can blame them? We all like to play dress up and who better than Marilyn Monroe? It’s somehow very freeing when we are that other person.

So, as a tribute to the star herself (because copying someone is the strongest form of flattery), we wanted to share with you some of the beautiful ladies who have played the most coveted of all roles, if even for an afternoon, Marilyn Monroe.

~~ 1993 – Perhaps the biggest Marilyn Monroe wannabe of all was Anna Nicole Smith who recreated Marilyn’s famous NY photo shoot, white halter dress and all, for “The Seven Year Itch.”

~~ 2002 – Loni Anderson was typically over-the-top at a fashion show in Los Angeles.

~~ 2008 – Marilyn’s last photo shoot was re-created by Lindsay Lohan on the cover of “New York Magazine.”

~~ 2010 – Scarlett Johansson perfected her pout for a Dolce and Gabbana spring makeup campaign.

~~ 2011 – Michelle Williams earned a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of her in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Marilyn will forever be many a woman’s muse. She, even after fifty years since her death, remains the most recognized woman in the world. She certainly was a force to be reckoned with and, even today, that force remains in full effect. For a neglected and abused child, a miracle she even survived, Marilyn has inspired many to live a life among the stars. For according to her, “everyone’s a star and deserves the right to twinkle.”

Blessings, K.R. and T.L.
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