It is such a shame that there was no family to fight for her and that it all ended up with the Strasbergs in the first place. Imagine how different things would have been if she had reconciled with Joe and they remarried before her death. He would have guarded her memory with his life and perhaps his family may have done the same when he was gone.
TORONTO - Toronto entrepreneur Jamie Salter has bought the rights to the image of 1950s Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
Salter's New York-based intellectual property corporation, Authentic Brands Group, announced Thursday it made the deal in conjunction with NECA, a global media and entertainment company.
The two did not disclose a purchase price for Monroe's name and likeness, but published reports say it was nearly $50 million.
"Marilyn Monroe is recognized around the world as the embodiment of beauty and glamour," Salter, CEO of Authentic Brands, said in a statement.
"Quite simply, her name and her image have timeless appeal. We feel fortunate to be responsible for the future."
Anna Strasberg, who managed Monroe's estate and is the widow of the late star's acting coach, Lee Strasberg, will continue on as a minority partner in the joint venture.
Strasberg said she was impressed with the "bold, imaginative ideas" of Salter and his company.
"I will remain involved, and I enthusiastically look forward to their innovative ideas and continuing to carry out with integrity Marilyn's great and timeless legacy."
Salter's company, which also has offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, also manages the Bob Marley brand, among others.
-Winnipeg Free Press