Marilyn in the news

Thursday, December 31, 2009

11 Marilyn Tattoos Added

Thanks to Coma Black, Betito, Michelle, Nuria, Kaylee, Warren, Destiny, Johanna, Jessie and Jude for sending in their tattoos.  They have been added to the tattoo section HERE.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Seasons Greetings

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their family and friends.  Here is a photo from our first Christmas dinner in our new home.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rare Marilyn Footage - For Sale on Ebay

UPDATE:  Looks like Keya Morgan is selling the copyright to this footage on is a link to the AUCTION

ANOTHER UPDATE:  This auction ended Dec 14 with 32  bids for $58,100.  However, it doesn't seem possible to look up the auction now as you get the message "This listing (190355289852) has been removed, or this item is not available."

I received this email a few weeks ago from someone who claimed they had some previously unseen Marilyn footage...

"Hi there! I was told that you hold one of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe. I recently came across unseen footage of Marilyn Monroe from a family friend while cleaning out her garage. Apparently, she was best friend with the Karger's and has spent the night with Marilyn with her friends the night prior to her death. This footage, however is from New Jersey in 1954- while she was visiting with her friends while filming in NY. The tape shows her smokingeither a joint or a cigarette( its a big one =) , drinking, laughing, sniffing her armpits and kissing at the camera- it is only a minute long- but such a gem. We are just asking collectors if they are, or know anyone who is interested in the tape. The woman who owns it would like to sell the rights outright because she is in her 70's now and doesn't want to deal with it anymore. If you are interested, I am located in Los Angeles."

I didn't really think much of it as I do get emails from people who think they have some rare photo or something of Marilyn (most of the time nude) and it never turns out to be her.  Well, I guess this one was the real deal.  It showed up on youtube today.  It was purchased by Keya Morgan for $275,000.  You may remember this jerk from the "Marilyn Sex Tape" rumors from a few years ago.  No surprise that it is hitting the internet and saying that Marilyn is smoking pot.  Doesn't look like it to me.  Regardless, it is gorgeous footage.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Most Over-Used Marilyn Book Cover Photo

This photo of Marilyn shows up on book cover after book cover.  I don't know about you, but I am tired of seeing it.  There are hundreds of beautiful photos of Marilyn, so why they keep using the famous gold lame photo is beyond me.  Just have a look at all the ones I found in my collection.  Am I missing any?

1.  The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor
2.  The Marilyn Monroe Treasures by Jenna Glatzer
3.  Marilyn Monroe: Unseen Archives by Marie Clayton
4.  Marilyn by Neil Sinyard
5.  Marilyn Monroe Screen Greats by Tom Hutchinson
6.  Marilyn: The Last Goddess by Jerome Charyn

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Franklin Mint Doll - Eternally Marilyn

It has been 5 years since the Franklin Mint released a new Porcelain Marilyn Monroe doll.  So I was excited to see the new Eternally Marilyn.  She seems to be based on the Richard Avedon photos of Marilyn in a black sequined dress with a fur wrap.  The only difference is that they went with a black wrap on the doll.

I love dolls that have been created since 2000.  Their poses are interesting and I think they do a great job capturing Marilyn's likeness.  The earlier dolls leave a lot to be desired.  I also like that they are using less "famous" outfits.  I get tired of seeing the same film worn costumes all the time.  Marilyn has a library of amazing photographs and it is great to see them come to life in doll form.

If you are interested in ordering her please follow this link to the doll section of my website and scroll down to the No. 18 doll where you will see an ordering link.  I appreciate everyone who visits my site to order their franklin mint dolls as I get a small commission which helps to pay the hosting fees - and keeps those annoying pop-up ads off my site.

You can get a discount at Franklin Mint using these codes until Dec 31, 2009.    Save 25% when you spend $300 (Code XM25),  Save 20% when you spend $250 (Code XM20) and Save 10% when you spend $150 (Code XM10).

For those who live in Canada, I will add a link here shortly to a distributor in Canada for the Franklin Mint Products.

Marilyn Collectors wanted for new book!

There is a new Marilyn book in the works that will be similar to the Marilyn Monroe Treasures book that was released last year. I have seen their Warhol treasure book and it is fabulous! The reproduction items are really detailed and I am excited another publisher is taking a crack at this type of Marilyn book.

They are looking for fans who would be willing to share any items connected with Marilyn such as letters, receipts, notes, etc. Basically anything that could be reproduced. The warhol book had a passport - Man, I wish we could get Marilyn's passport into this one!  The quality is superb.

If you or someone you know can help please contact:

Jennifer Barr

Project Editor

Carlton Publishing Group

20 Mortimer Street

London W1T 3JW



Saturday, November 7, 2009

5 Tattoos Added

Thanks to Gabe, Chuck, Amy, Brent and Kate for allowing me to display their tattoos.


New Fans in her hands

Thanks to Hannah and Lorraine for sending in their pics to the fans in her hands section.

hannah  lorraine

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Marilyn Co-star Autographs

I've had a lot of requests from fans for the addresses I used to get my co-star autographs.  I have had success sending a photo in a self addressed stamped envelope to the following addresses:

Lauren Bacall
1 West 72nd Street
Suite 43
New York, NY 10023

Don Murray
CESD Talent Agency
10635 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 130/135
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Jane Russell Enterprises
507 Boscoe Court
Santa Maria, CA, USA 93454

Note: Jane requests payment for her autographs. All money raised is donated to her WAIF charity. Jane seems to have the longest turnaround as some fans have waited 6 months before it was received.

$30 – If sending your own image and wanting an autograph only
$35 – If sending your own image and wanting a personal autograph
$45 – For an autographed photo supplied by Jane

Eli Wallach
90 Riverside Dr
New York, NY 10024-5306

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Marilyn Pumpkin Stencils - Happy Halloween!

Here are some pumpkin patterns to make your own Marilyn jack-o-laterns.  Just click on the pattern you want to be taken to the stencil.

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Here are some other great looking Marilyn Monroe pumpkins....

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  Picture 11

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Norma Jeane Signed Class Photo

Wow.  This is super rare.  You don't see Norma Jeane autographs very often. This item was recently auctioned off by R.R. Auctions.  It sold for $14,000!

One-of-a-kind vintage 23 x 7.5 panoramic photo of the graduating Class of Summer 1941 Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School in Los Angeles, with sweet, hopeful Norma Jeane Baker (later Marilyn Monroe) easily identifiable to the right of center in a sea of fresh faces, signed and inscribed amid other classmates in fountain pen on the reverse, “To a super and swell friend (date at that) I mean it Bobby! Norma Jean Baker .”

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8+ Marilyn Monroe Tattoos Added

Thanks to Sophia, Colby, Alisha, Dave, Stacey, Lisa Marie, Steffanie and Heather for sending in their Marilyn Monroe tattoos.  I have added them to the tattoo section.  If you have a Marilyn tattoo email a photo to me at


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Handwritten thank you from Marilyn Monroe

I was recently contacted by Paul Poplawski who has an incredible Marilyn keepsake coming up for auction.  On August 1, 1957 Marilyn suffered a miscarriage during her marriage to Arthur Miller.  Paul's father sent Marilyn a get well card and she replied with a handwritten thank you card.  It is hard to believe that Marilyn was able to reply to fan mail at a time like this.  Especially knowing her intense desire to have a child.  This card was postmarked August 14.  Just ten days she lost her child.  It is just incredible.

Marilyn Monroe Signed Handwritten Note. This 4" x 3" personalized folded card is embossed "Mrs. Arthur Miller" on the front and bears a handwritten note and Monroe's signature in blue ballpoint ink on the interior. The message reads: "Dear Mr. Poplawski, Thank you so much for your kind note. Yours and all the other good wishes were a great comfort to me." A great example of a highly sought after autograph, made particularly appealing by the fact that it is signed by the actress as "Marilyn Monroe Miller". The note is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, with the recipient's name and address handwritten on the front by Monroe.

This item will be auctioned off by Heritage Auction Galleries on November 7, 2009.



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Marilyn Unquoted

There are so many quotes floating around the internet attributed to Marilyn it makes me wonder if she really said them.  Some I have heard from her own lips but others almost seem to be based on legend.  It gets published once and then copied over the years until we just all accept it.  I mean just because you read it on Wikipedia does not make it true.  In the past it really wasn't a huge deal but these days people are getting these quotes TATTOOED on their bodies.  I guess if you love the quote and it wouldn't upset you if Marilyn never really said it than more power to you.  But if it was me I'd want to make sure it was a true Marilynism.

I've placed a warning on the tattoo page of my site.  I've always posted all tattoos that are submitted even if I've questioned whether it is really a Marilyn quote.  I don't want people to think that I am standing behind everything posted there.  I am far from an expert on Marilyn quotes but I think people need to be warned that there is no guarantee unless you hear her say it in an interview.

For example, here is a quote that is often attributed to Marilyn.  Well behaved Women Rarely Make History.  Unfortunately, I have not come across any evidence that Marilyn ever said this.  In fact, this quote was coined years after her death by American writer Laurel Ulrich in 1976. 

Maybe people could post in the comments below often heard quotes that you know are 100% Marilyn and what you have used for a source.  If you have any information to debunk some of them please post that as well.

I'll start with one I know I have heard her say....

"I'm not interested in money.  I just want to be wonderful."

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Podcast #57 - The Milton Greene Episode

The latest podcast is now up at

This is a special episode that is dedicated to Milton Greene's relationship with Marilyn.  It features audio comments by Amy Greene and excerpts from her book, "But that's another story".

If you are interested in getting your own copy of this beautiful book, it is available from the Milton Greene Archives for $37.50 and will be signed by Joshua Greene.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Monroe Warhol inspired sneakers

These Air Max 90 Nike shoes were inspired by the infamous Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe. As one of the most recognized pop art paintings around, the images are memorialized around the base and midsole of this all white sneaker, using tons of colors and contrasting black laces and tongue tag.

What do you think?  Unfortunately, these shoes are apparently one of a kinds.  Who ever owns them is very lucky.