Marilyn in the news

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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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.