Marilyn in the news

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Marilyn's co-star in the Misfits Eli Wallach has passed away.

Eli Wallach, an early practitioner of method acting who made a lasting impression as the scuzzy bandit Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, died on Tuesday at the age of 98, the New York Times reported.
Wallach appeared on the big screen well into his 90s in Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer and Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel and other films.
"It's what I wanted to do all my life," Wallach said of his work in an interview in 2010.
Having grown up the son of Polish Jewish immigrants in an Italian-dominated neighbourhood in New York, Wallach might have seemed an unlikely cowboy, but some of his best work was in Westerns.
Many critics thought his definitive role was Calvera, the flamboyant, sinister bandit chief in The Magnificent Seven. Others preferred him in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as Tuco, who was "the ugly", opposite Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti Western.
Years later, Wallach said strangers would recognize him and start whistling the distinctive theme from the film.
Wallach graduated from the University of Texas, where he picked up the horseback-riding skills that would serve him well in later cowboy roles, and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse Actors Studio before Second World War broke out.

'Quintessential chameleon'

"Wallach is the quintessential chameleon, effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gave him an honorary Oscar in 2010, wrote in a profile on its website.
After serving as a U.S. Army hospital administrator during the war, he found work on the New York stage and took classes at the Actor's Studio, which used Method acting in which actors draw on personal memories and emotions to flesh out a role.
He appeared in This Property Is Condemned and ended up marrying the show's leading lady, Anne Jackson — a marriage that also led to several stage and screen collaborations.
Wallach made a name on Broadway with roles in two Tennessee Williams' works, Camino Real and The Rose Tattoo, for which he won a Tony in 1951, as well as a two-year run in Mr. Roberts.

Movie career began in 1950s

His first movie was another Williams work, Baby Doll in 1956. Other major films included How the West Was Won, Mystic River, The Holiday, Lord Jim and The Misfits — in which he starred with Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe with John Huston directing an Arthur Miller script — and The Godfather Part 3.
Despite the notable movies, Wallach said it was his portrayal of the villain Mr. Freeze on the Batman television show of the 1960s that generated the most fan mail.
Wallach titled his autobiography The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage. He and his wife lived in New York and had three children.
The New York Times said his death had been confirmed by his daughter.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Introducing Mini Marilyn

You may have noticed a super cute character making the rounds on social have been sharing images of Mini Marilyn.  A website appeared at along with facebook and instragram pages.  The darling little doodle has quickly become possible.  When I shared a world cup themed mini marilyn it was quickly the most popular post I've ever had on facebook.  Obviously, whoever created her has knocked it out of the park when it comes to likeability.  
I was hoping a fan was behind the great artwork but today the news broke that it is actually a product created by ABG (the company that owns Marilyn image).  Get ready for Mini Marilyn merchandise to be everywhere.
Here is the news release...
Authentic Brands Group has revealed its newest brand–Mini Marilyn­, a stylized character-based property.
Mini Marilyn is targeted to girls, ages 8 to 16, with playful, age-appropriate styles.
With her trademark blonde hair and red lips, Mini Marilyn is designed to empower girls to be confident, take risks and dream big.
“We are very excited to introduce a new generation to the magic of Marilyn Monroe,” says Nick Woodhouse, president and chief marketing officer, ABG. “Mini Marilyn presents a new and innovative opportunity for our existing and future partners, while giving ABG the chance to grow its portfolio of global brands from the inside out. We look forward to the endless possibilities in store for Mini Marilyn.”
ABG will debut the new brand for the first time at Licensing Expo next week in Las Vegas, Nev. Target categories for the brand include apparel, accessories, tech accessories, toys, mobile apps and virtual goods.
The brand will be supported by a range of digital initiatives including a website, and global Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Marilyn!

Marilyn would be 88 years old.  Hope all of you are keeping her in your thoughts today.  I sure am - I just finished unwrapping a new addition to my collection and I can't keep my eyes off her :)

This is a Happy Birthday Mr. President scuplture by Susana Adalid.  She arrived all the way from Spain.  If you were following my facebook page MarilynGeek on Facebook you already saw the big reveal :)