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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Prince and the Showgirl

Marilyn: Behind the IconAs Producer and Star, Monroe Dazzles inThe Prince and the Showgirl Director Joshua Logan considered the collaboration of Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier “the best combination since black & white.” After renegotiating her contract with 20th … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Bus Stop

Marilyn Monroe Triumphs in Bus Stop “Hold on to your chairs, everybody, and get set for a rattling surprise,” announced crusty New York Times critic Bosely Crowther, “Marilyn Monroe has finally proved herself an actress in Bus Stop. She and … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Asphalt Jungle

Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Asphalt Jungle,Monroe’s Break-Out Performance In April 1955, Marilyn Monroe appeared on Edward R Murrow’s television series Person to Person featuring celebrity interviews. From his armchair in a studio, Murrow conversed with Monroe, who appeared … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Clash by Night

RKO’s Clash By Night, Marilyn Monroe’s thirteenth film, opens with a dramatic soundtrack as waves crash against coastal rocks, director Fritz Lang’s metaphor for the sexual tension to follow. Worldly but weary Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) returns home to a … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Don’t Bother to Knock

Today’s audiences remember the iconic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot when they think of Marilyn Monroe. Very few are aware of Monroe’s earlier dramatic performances prior to her ascension to global prominence. Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Niagara

Marilyn Monroe as Rose Loomis in Niagara In 20th Century Fox Studio’s black and white trailer for Niagara (1953), the narrator describes Marilyn Monroe’s character as “flaunting her charms as she lured men on and on to their eternal destruction…” … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Exclusive Blog Series by Author Gary Vitacco-Robles

Marilyn: Behind the Icon Blog Series I am so happy to announce that, in celebration of Marilyn Monroe’s birthday tomorrow, June 1, CMH will be launching an exclusive Marilyn: Behind the Icon blog series, penned by author Gary Vitacco-Robles. The … Continue reading

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This World Needs Its Dreamers: Clarence Brown’s National Velvet (Exclusive Guest Post by Author Gwenda Young)

“This World Needs Its Dreamers” Clarence Brown’s National Velvet (1944) Exclusive Guest Post by Author Gwenda Young In a reappraisal of National Velvet written in the 1960s, Pauline Kael observed that “it touches areas in our experience that movies rarely … Continue reading

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Clarence Brown, Hollywood’s Forgotten Master (Exclusive Guest Post by Author Gwenda Young)

Exclusive Guest Post by Gwenda Young, Author of Clarence Brown: Hollywood’s Forgotten Master “Garbo’s Favorite Director” was how many journalists chose to eulogize Clarence Brown when he died in 1987. By referring to Garbo — then alive, still elusive and … Continue reading

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Grace Kelly’s Stepping Stones to Success – Exclusive Guest Post by Author Mary Mallory

Grace Kelly’s Stepping Stones to Success Exclusive Post by Mary Mallory, Author of Living with Grace Though she only made 11 films, Grace Kelly achieved international icon status as a film star thanks to her gorgeous looks, great fashion sense, work … Continue reading

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