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Becoming Marilyn

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On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the starlet’s most well-known impersonator describes how she transforms into one of the silver screen’s most iconic stars and why Marilyn’s legacy endures even so many decades after her death.

Two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, Erika Smith prepared to get on stage in front of 2,000 people in Cairo. She took a deep breath and told herself, “I am Marilyn.” The audience wasn’t waiting to see the brunette actress from Boston. Instead, they wanted the blonde bombshell star that died half a century ago. “I have to just drop my Erika world and what Erika’s thinking about, and I become Marilyn,” she says. In her head, she thinks about what Marilyn might be telling herself before a big performance.

50 Years Later

Why Young Women Love Marilyn

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Yes, she was beautiful and stylish. But it’s her strength and survival skills that make her our role model.

Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago. But she is as much a role model to cutting-edge young women today as she was in 1962. The world said goodbye to Marilyn on Aug. 5 of that year, after she was found dead in her Brentwood, Calif., home by her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson. An autopsy concluded that her death was a “probable suicide” by drug overdose. (Much of the evidence for that, however, is controversial, and a suicide note was never found.)When you remember Marilyn Monroe, you might think of the sexy “Happy Birthday” she sang to John F.


Marilyn and Me

Lawrence Schiller

In an adaptation from his memoir, Marilyn and Me, photojournalist Lawrence Schiller remembers what the icon, who died 50 years ago today, meant to him. Plus, see some of Schiller’s revealing photos.

In an adaptation from his memoir, Marilyn & Me, photographer Lawrence Schiller remembers what the icon, who died 50 years ago August 5th, meant to him and shares his memories of her. Plus, see some of his photographs from their famous sessions on the set of Let’s Make Love and Something’s Got to Give.In the years that followed, I’ve thought a lot about the little time I spent with Marilyn and how it seemed to go beyond my being a photographer and her being “Marilyn Monroe.

Historical Catfight Explodes!

Wallis Simpson Hated Marilyn Monroe

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Wallis Simpson was jealous of the attention Marilyn Monroe received from the press, an unpublished memoir has revealed.

Granted, it’s not exactly the breaking royal news and gossip in which The Royalist usually trades, but The Daily Telegraph carries a fascinating story today concerning the memoirs of legendary literary agent and publisher Charles Pick, who died 12 years ago at the age of 82, author of an unpublished memoir. The manuscript  has now been donated to the University of East Anglia, along with the rest of his archive.His memoir recounts the occasion when the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, summoned Pick to Paris to discuss publication of her 1956 autobiography, The Heart Has Its Reasons.

The True Story

On Set With Marilyn Monroe

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In ‘My Week With Marilyn,’ out Nov. 23, Marilyn Monroe is portrayed as a shy, pill-popping star who’s bullied by her husband, Arthur Miller, and director, Laurence Olivier, during filming of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl.’ She then spends a romantic week with Colin Clark, a young assistant on the film. Actress Vera Day, who costarred with Monroe in ‘Prince,’ now reveals what really happened—from the pill rumors to the one-line scene that required 30 takes.

I’d only been in show business for under a year, and it was my fourth time in front of the camera. They wanted three gaiety girls to be Marilyn’s friends, and at that time, I’d just sort of made a name for myself for my “physical attributes” and had been called “Britain’s Marilyn Monroe.” My agent put me up for the part, and I went in to see these two iconic figures of British film—Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Alexander Korda. The first thing Olivier said was, “Oh, my God! We can’t use her.

How Did Michelle Williams Channel Marilyn?

Who’s feeling ‘damn sexy’ now, Piers? Williams told the CNN host how she felt playing the iconic actress—and it’s less glamorous than you’d expect.

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