25 juin 2017

TV - Personne ne Bouge ! Spécial Yves Montand

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Dimanche 25 juin 2017 - 19h00 - Arte
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Magazine:  Personne ne bouge !
Spécial Yves Montand

Durée : 43 min
Année et origine : 2017, France

Présentation: Crooner, acteur, french lover : "Personne ne bouge !" passe en revue les multiples vies d'Yves Montand. Avec une perle rare : en décembre 1969, le chanteur devise de l’amour avec le journaliste anglais David Frost, tout en imitant Maurice Chevalier à la perfection.

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Story
Mauvais joueur, râleur mais tellement humain : si Montand reste inoubliable sur grand écran, c’est à Claude Sautet qu’on le doit. Retour au temps des cafés enfumés.
Scandale !
En 1989, tout sourit au "Papet " préféré des Français, jusqu'à ce qu'une certaine Anne-Gilberte Drossart se rappelle à son souvenir…
Star-system
Vous voulez séduire une star américaine ? Découvrez la méthode du french lover à Hollywood.
Story
Adepte des reprises du maestro, Lambert Wilson évoque la carrière musicale de Montand. Juke-box En mai 1949, Yves Montand sort un 78-tours qui deviendra vite un classique : "Les feuilles mortes".
Garde-robe
Avant de triompher au cinéma, ce showman était une star du music-hall, avec haut-de-forme et canne, un accessoire qui va bien au-delà de la béquille.
Icône
En 1960, l'acteur chante et danse sur les écrans US face à Marilyn Monroe. Retour sur le succès de sa brève carrière américaine.
Listomania
Dix choses méconnues sur Yves Montand et la politique.
Perle rare
En décembre 1969, notre french crooner devise de l’amour avec le journaliste anglais David Frost, tout en imitant Maurice Chevalier à la perfection.

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18 juin 2017

TV - Jerry Lewis, Clown Rebelle

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Dimanche 18 juin 2017 - 22h50 - Arte
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Documentaire:  Jerry Lewis,
clown rebelle

Durée : 61 min
Année et origine : 2015, France
Réalisateur: Gregory Monro

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Digne successeur des grands maîtres (Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel), Jerry Lewis a passé sa vie au service du divertissement. Comique, cinéaste, producteur, philanthrope... : qui se cache derrière le masque élastique de l'as de la maladresse ? Retour sur une carrière à rebondissements.

C'est le visage des empotés, des pitres, des enfants, des souffre-douleurs, toujours au mauvais endroit au mauvais moment… Dès les années 1940, Jerry Lewis connaît un succès public fulgurant, notamment grâce à son duo avec Dean Martin. Mais son passage derrière la caméra, début 1960, brouille les pistes et braque les critiques sur sa légitimité à se proclamer "cinéaste", malgré la technicité et l'originalité extraordinaires dont il fait preuve dans sa mise en scène. Dès lors, Jerry Lewis entame un bras de fer avec les studios de Hollywood, pour lesquels il écrit, produit et réalise des œuvres singulières, comme Le tombeur de ces dames ou Dr. Jerry et Mister Love, connaissant la gloire et gagnant le respect en Europe, tout en étant simultanément rejeté par les critiques et le public américains.

Subversion par le geste
"Le plus pur comique, c'est celui qui se passe du verbe", commente Pierre Étaix, l'un des nombreux intervenants, en entretien ou en archives – aux côtés, entre autres, de Martin Scorsese et Jean-Luc Godard –, du documentaire de Gregory Monro. Digne successeur des grands maîtres (Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel…), Jerry Lewis a passé sa vie au service du divertissement. Mais s'il a fait de son corps l'arme polymorphe d'un burlesque qui s'embarrasse rarement de mots, c'est aussi pour mettre face à elle-même une Amérique oublieuse de ses plus faibles. Une des raisons, peut-être, du peu de succès rencontré dans son propre pays et du triomphe que lui a réservé l'Europe, notamment la France, où les cinéastes de la Nouvelle Vague ont salué en lui un pair, satiriste brillant, émouvant et hilarant, de son temps.

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11 juin 2017

TV - Cary Grant, de l'autre côté du miroir

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Dimanche 11 juin 2017 - 22h45 - Arte
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Documentaire:  Cary Grant,
de l'autre côté du miroir

Durée : 52min
Année et origine : 2015, France
Réalisateur: Mark Kidel

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Un émouvant portrait voyage à travers les mondes de Cary Grant (1904-1986). Gentleman affable à l'écran, âme secrètement en souffrance à la ville : derrière la vedette hollywoodienne se cache une personnalité profonde, dévoilée par une autobiographie inédite et des films amateurs personnels.
Né Archibald Alexander Leach, en 1904 à Bristol, Cary Grant se retrouve à 11 ans pratiquement orphelin quand son père fait interner sa mère sans le lui dire dans une institution psychiatrique et s'en va refaire sa vie ailleurs. Le futur héros de La mort aux trousses, disparu en 1986, vivra l'absence maternelle comme un abandon qui le suivra la majeure partie de sa vie, au fil des échecs successifs de ses relations amoureuses. N'appartenant tout à fait ni à l'Angleterre de ses origines ni à l'Amérique de son succès, l'acteur tente de résoudre ses fêlures identitaires à travers des séances de psychothérapie sous LSD. "Tout le monde voudrait être Cary Grant. Moi aussi, je veux être Cary Grant ! ", plaisante-t-il.

Archives personnelles
Consignés dans une autobiographie jamais publiée, les pensées et les doutes de celui qui fut une icône de l'âge d'or hollywoodien jalonnent le film de Mark Kidel et mettent en lumière son intimité. Tout comme les images tournées par l'acteur lui-même : sa manière de cadrer les scènes de rue ou le visage de ses proches révèlent le regard poétique qu'il portait sur le monde et la vie. À ses archives personnelles, confiées par Barbara Harris, sa cinquième épouse, et Jennifer Grant, sa fille, se mêlent les extraits des grands films de celui qui fut l'acteur préféré d'Hitchcock, et qui a été sur scène acrobate, héros comique ou tragique et, surtout, homme du monde plein de charme. Structuré par les évocations de ses séances de thérapie, cet émouvant portrait voyage à travers les mondes de Cary Grant, de son enfance blessée à la célébrité, de la souffrance qu'il finit enfin, devenu père, par apprivoiser, à la sérénité.

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31 mai 2017

TV - Le cinéma dans l'oeil de Magnum

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Mercredi 31 mai 2017 - 23h20 - Arte
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Documentaire:  Le cinéma dans l'oeil de Magnum

Durée : 54min
Année et origine : 2015, France
Réalisateur: Sophie Bassaler

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À l’occasion des 70 ans de Magnum, retour sur le lien noué entre les photographes de l'agence mythique et le monde du cinéma. Une plongée unique dans le regard des créateurs, parmi lesquels Robert Capa, Cartier-Bresson, ou Josef Koudelka.
L'agence Magnum, créée en 1947 par Robert Capa, est intimement liée au cinéma depuis soixante-dix ans. Ses photographes iconiques, Capa lui-même, Cartier-Bresson, ou plus tard Josef Koudelka ont accompagné des tournages, leurs réalisateurs et leurs vedettes. Ils ont ainsi documenté des scènes de vie quotidienne, de travail, ou choisi de s'écarter du cadre pour immortaliser leur propre vision artistique. Venant du reportage de guerre ou du documentaire, ces photographes du réel ont appliqué leurs méthodes de travail à ce monde d’illusions : appareil léger, lumière naturelle, photo sur le vif et sans retouches. Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Kate Winslet, Michelangelo Antonioni ou Theo Angelopoulos sont passés sous l'œil de l'agence, instaurant un lien unique qui ne s'est pas défait en soixante-dix ans.
Fiction et réel
C’est par amour pour l’actrice Ingrid Bergman que Robert Capa prend la toute première photo de cinéma de Magnum sur le tournage des Enchaînés d’Alfred Hitchcock, inaugurant cette histoire entre l’agence et le cinéma. À partir de nombreux récits inédits, le documentaire retrace toute une vie d’histoires croisées entre deux mondes qu’a priori tout oppose : la fiction et le réel, comme cette rencontre en 1994 entre le réalisateur Theo Angelopoulos et le jeune photographe Josef Koudelka. Ils puiseront dans les Balkans, lieu de tournage du film Le regard d'Ulysse, des clichés et plans extraordinaires, tout en gardant chacun leur signature unique. Un témoignage passionnant sur le regard des créateurs, artistes de l'image, qu'ils soient derrière une caméra ou un appareil photo.

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27 avril 2017

Qui veut dormir avec le fantôme de Marilyn Monroe ?

Qui veut dormir avec le fantôme de Marilyn Monroe ?
25/04/2017
par Marc Fourny
en ligne
sur lepoint.fr

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La dernière demeure hollywoodienne de la star est en vente pour 6,9 millions de dollars. Avec la fameuse chambre où elle poussa son dernier soupir.

La bâtisse n'a rien d'un château hollywoodien doré sur tranche comme on peut en trouver dans la Cité des anges. Il s'agit d'une modeste hacienda des années 1920, construite par un comptable des studios hollywoodiens au fond d'un cul-de-sac, dans le quartier de Brentwood, proche du Pacifique. Quatre chambres, trois salles de bain, une piscine et une cour à l'ombre des palmiers. Un petit havre de paix, chic et bohême, sur un terrain de plus de 2 000 mètres carrés, avec ses pièces de plain-pied, ses toits de tuiles, ses grilles en fer forgé et des bougainvilliers qui s'accrochent au crépi blanc.

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Quand Marilyn Monroe découvre la maison, en 1961, c'est le coup de foudre : elle adore le solarium, le pavillon d'amis, son cachet espagnol vintage... Elle l'achète pour moins de 100 000 dollars et entreprend de la meubler dans le style colonial, en allant dévaliser les boutiques de décorateurs à Mexico. À l'époque, elle tente de remonter la pente tant bien que mal... Shootée aux médicaments, accro à l'alcool et épaulée par son médecin personnel et son psychiatre Ralph Greenson, ses caprices ont fini par agacer les studios.

Overdose

Elle a commencé le tournage difficile de Something's Got to Give, en conflit avec la Fox, et sa vie privée est un fiasco complet : après son récent divorce avec le dramaturge Arthur Miller, elle vient de se faire larguer par le président John Kennedy... Malgré tout, elle n'abandonne pas et projette même de se remarier avec son ex Joe DiMaggio. Une date a même été fixée : le 8 août 1962. En attendant, elle déballe ses cartons, prend la pose pour le magazine Life, fait un saut sur les plateaux, et tient le coup avec des somnifères.

lepoint-mm03  Mais, le 5 août, la police investit subitement le 12305 5th Helena Drive, LA. Le corps sans vie de la star gît sur son lit, un drap sur la tête, laissant apercevoir quelques mèches blond platine. Sa gouvernante et son psychiatre, qui n'habite pas loin, ont donné l'alerte après avoir découvert la scène. Officiellement, Marilyn, 36 ans, a succombé à une overdose de Nembutal, un barbiturique. Mais la version du suicide n'a cessé d'être remise en cause depuis plus de cinquante ans. L'actrice a-t-elle été supprimée par la mafia ? Par les Kennedy qui craignaient un chantage ? Emportée par un mélange fatal de médicaments mal dosés par ses différents médecins ? Si les murs pouvaient parler...

Star sur écoutes

Les théories complotistes n'ont fait qu'empirer quand on a découvert tout un système illégal d'écoutes dans les pièces de la maison, lors de gros travaux de rénovation entrepris dans les années 1970... Depuis, la villa est passée de main en main, prenant de la valeur à chaque revente. En 2010, elle était estimée à 3,6 millions de dollars, en 2012 à déjà 5 millions et aujourd'hui à presque 7. Le prix à payer pour dormir dans les murs de la star défunte. Si les fantômes ne vous effraient pas...

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16 avril 2017

TV - My Week with Marilyn

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Dimanche 16 avril 2017 - 20h55 - Numero 23

Film Biopic:  My week with Marilyn

Durée : 1h42min
Année et origine : 2011, USA
Réalisateur: Simon Curtis
 

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Acteurs: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Ormond, Kenneth Branagh, Pip Torrens, Geraldine Somerville, Michael Kitchen, Miranda Raison, Karl Moffatt...

L'histoire: Été 1956, Colin Clark décroche un job sur un plateau de cinéma en Angleterre, il rencontre alors Marilyn Monroe qui est venue tourner un film accompagnée de son mari Arthur Miller. Colin ne sait pas encore qu’il va passer une semaine incroyable…

> Sur le blog: fiche du film My week with Marilyn

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11 avril 2017

Affiche Champs-Elysées Film Festival 2017

affichefestival2017  C'est une Marilyn Monroe vue de profil, blanche en tutu (référence de la séance en tutu par Greene) et chaussée qui figure sur l'affiche de la 6ème édition du Festival de cinéma franco-américain (Champs Elysées Film Festival) organisé du 15 au 22 juin 2017.
> site officiel champselyseesfilmfestival.com
> portrait par l'artisle Lucille Clerc

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09 avril 2017

A la TV - Harold Lloyd, L'intrépide génie comique d'Hollywood

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Dimanche 9 avril 2017 - 23h25 - Arte
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Documentaire - Harold Lloyd
L'intrépide génie comique d'Hollywood

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Durée : 53min
Année et origine : 2016, Allemagne
Réalisateur: Andreas Baum

Avec Buster Keaton et Charlie Chaplin, il fait partie des comiques les plus inventifs du cinéma muet américain. Aussi habile à imaginer des gags visuels qu'à réaliser d'incroyables cascades – souvent grâce à d'ingénieux trucages –, Harold Lloyd a connu la célébrité à l'écran plus de deux décennies durant, jusqu'à l'avènement du parlant. Né en 1893 dans le Nebraska, l'acteur a débuté, sans le sou, comme figurant dans les studios californiens avant de commencer, au début des années 1910, une fructueuse collaboration avec le producteur-réalisateur Hal Roach, puis de s'en émanciper en créant son propre studio. Régalant le public avec les pitreries de son personnage à lunettes, le comédien est notamment entré dans la mémoire collective avec la scène, où, bravant le vide, on le voit s'accrocher à l'aiguille d'une horloge (Monte là-dessus, 1923). Oscar d'honneur pour l'ensemble de sa carrière en 1953, propriétaire de l'une des plus luxueuses propriétés de Beverly Hills, Harold Lloyd a tenu la vedette de plus de deux cents films, du court au moyen métrage, avant de se consacrer avec le plus grand sérieux à d'autres hobbies, comme le bowling et la photographie 3D. Raconté par des historiens du cinéma ainsi que par sa petite-fille, Suzanne Lloyd, nourri d'extraits de films muets, d'archives et d'anecdotes, le portrait savoureux de l'une des premières gloires du cinéma américain.

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27 février 2017

Warren Beatty & Marilyn Monroe

Warren Beatty took a 'soulful' walk with Marilyn Monroe the night before she died
October, 7, 2016
en ligne sur nydailynews.com

 It could have been Warren Beatty's affair to remember.
The Hollywood legend was one of the last people to see Marilyn Monroe alive, he recalled in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
Beatty and Monroe met Aug. 4, 1962, at Peter Lawford's house in Santa Monica, California.
Lawford, also an actor, invited Beatty over for a night of tacos and poker, and Monroe, a longtime friend of Lawford, was there.

 “I hadn’t seen anything that beautiful,” he said in the interview.
The blonde buxom asked a then 25-year-old Beatty if he wanted to walk along the beach.
It was more soulful than romantic," the 79-year-old recounted of their telling stroll.

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Later, he played the piano for her and Marilyn was "wearing something so clingy that he could tell she wasn't wearing underwear."
Beatty also noticed that she was "already tipsy from the champagne" even "before the sun had set."
The next day, Beatty got a phone call from Harold Mirisch, brother of Hollywood producer Walter Marisch, who told him Marilyn had died from an overdose at age 36.


Six Decades In, Warren Beatty Is Still Seducing Hollywood
October, 6, 2016
en ligne sur vanityfair.com

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Warren & Natalie Wood, 1962, Academy Awards

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He also briefly encountered Marilyn Monroe. Peter Lawford had invited him out to his house in Malibu for a night of tacos and poker, and Monroe was there. “I hadn’t seen anything that beautiful,” Beatty recalls. She invited him to take a walk along the beach, which he did. “It was more soulful than romantic.” Back in the house, he played the piano. (He’s a good pianist, by the way, enamored of jazz greats such as Erroll Garner.) Marilyn sat on the edge of the piano in something so clingy that Beatty could tell she wasn’t wearing underwear.

How old are you ?” she asked.
Twenty-five,” he answered. “And how old are you ?” he asked cheekily.
Three. Six,” she said, as if not wanting to bring the two numbers together. By then, the tacos had arrived, and no one really played poker that night. Warren noticed that Marilyn was already a bit tipsy from champagne, even before the sun had set.

The next day, the producer Walter Mirisch’s brother Harold called. “Did you hear ?” he asked. “Marilyn Monroe is dead.” Warren was one of the last people to see Marilyn alive—a story that Beatty tells only reluctantly. He really is one of Hollywood’s most discreet people, in a town and an industry marinated in its own gossip.

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21 février 2017

Never-before-seen pictures of Marilyn Monroe

EXCLUSIVE: Never-before-seen pictures of secretly pregnant Marilyn Monroe, who confided to her close friend that her Let's Make Love co-star Yves Montand was the baby's father - not husband Arthur Miller
Article published on 15 february 2017
online Daily Mail

  • Marilyn Monroe's friend Frieda Hull kept the color pictures she took of Marilyn's baby bump private but were sold as part of Frieda's estate last year
  • The pictures were taken in July, 1960 in New York City; Marilyn was 34 years old
  • Marilyn and married French actor Yves Montand began working together on Let's Make Love in February of that year and their affair began soon after
  • The images were the prized possession of Hull, who worked for Pan Am and became close to the star while part of a group of fans known as the Monroe Six
  • Frieda dubbed the pictures  ‘the pregnant slides’ – a reference to a shocking secret the screen siren kept right up until her death
  • Tony Michaels, a friend and neighbor of Frieda's,  bought the images at the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Marilyn Memorabilia Auction held by Julien’s Auctions in LA
  • Michaels was told by Frieda that Marilyn  lost the baby. ' It was never made clear whether that was by way of a miscarriage or even an abortion'

Extraordinary photographs purporting to show a secret pregnancy of film icon Marilyn Monroe can today be revealed for the first time.
The world exclusive images of the beautiful Some Like It Hot actress and model were sold as original color slides at an auction in Hollywood in November last year from the estate of well known Monroe confidante Frieda Hull.
But the stunning photos went under the radar, selling for a mere $2,240 with wealthy collectors not aware of their true significance.

Now DailyMail.com can reveal the six unique images were the prized possession of Monroe's loyal friend Hull, which she dubbed the ‘pregnant slides’ – a reference to a shocking secret the screen siren kept right up until her death.
The shots were taken on July 8, 1960, outside Fox Studios in New York after Monroe had completed costume and hair tests for her film The Misfits, starring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift .

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- Six photos of legendary film icon Marilyn Monroe taken by her friend Frieda Hull on July 8, 1960, outside Fox Studios in New York
- The images clearly show a prominent bump from Monroe’s belly which Hull claimed was evidence the star was in the early stages of pregnancy
- Monroe had wanted a baby more than anything in the world, but that joy was denied her. She had three miscarriages prior to losing this baby, all of which played out in the public eye

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Marilyn and sexy French actor Yves Montand didn't contain their lovemaking to onscreen

The images clearly show a prominent bump from Monroe’s belly which Hull claimed was evidence the star was in the early stages of pregnancy.
And DailyMail.com can reveal the would-be father was not Monroe's then husband, playwright Arthur Miller, it was in fact Italian-French actor Yves Montand – who she met on the set of film Let's Make Love and who she had a very public affair with.

DailyMail.com spoke to Tony Michaels, the man who bought the color slides at the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Marilyn Memorabilia Auction held by Julien’s Auctions in LA.
Tony, 56, was a close friend and next door neighbor of Frieda Hull before she passed.
He reveals that Hull had confided in him about Monroe’s secret pregnancy and claims the ‘pregnant slides’ are genuine evidence that she was with child.
And in an extraordinary and tragic Hollywood tale Tony says Monroe kept her pregnancy a secret from the world before 'losing' the baby during a hospital visit.

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The images were the prized possession of Hull, who died in 2014

Tony told DailyMail.com: ‘Frieda was very proud of those slides and she was very proud to keep them a secret until the day she died.
But she told me the story behind them, that Marilyn got pregnant by Yves Montand.
It wasn’t a guess or a presumption, it was something she knew for sure, she was very close to Marilyn.
As far as she was concerned Marilyn was pregnant in the summer of 1960 and the slides prove it.’

Monroe had wanted a baby more than anything in the world, but that joy was denied her.
She had three miscarriages prior to losing this baby, all of which played out in the public eye. The star suffered with a condition called endometriosis her entire life that caused severe menstrual pain and she also struggled to conceive.

‘I suggested she sell the slides and all her other memorabilia so she could afford a better place to live, but again she refused, she said she would never sell out on her friend of ten years Marilyn.

At Julien’s three day auction the Frieda Hull estate had 187 lots on sale.
Rare items from the archive included unseen color photos of Monroe as she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962 as well as Frieda’s original ticket and program to the gala event; never-before-seen slides of Monroe on location as she filmed the now famous subway skirt-blowing scene for The Seven Year Itch and a large collection of many unpublished photos of Marilyn at the 1955 premiere of East of Eden.

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Hull (circled) , who worked for Pan Am,  became close to the star while part of a group of fans known as the Monroe Six who followed the star from place to place, here the star boarding a plane for Hollywood at Idlewild Airport in New York on February 25, 1956. One of the images in this set way signed by Marilyn: 'To Frieda Love & Kisses

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In January of 1960 when she was filming Let's Make Love with Yves Montand  Marilyn's tummy was flat. But by the beginning of July the star has a visible baby bump

In total, according to Julien’s, ‘The Frieda Hull Marilyn Monroe Photo Archive’ included over 550 color and black and white candid snapshots and photographs, over 150 color slides, nearly 750 movie stills, publicity photos and lobby cards, and personal home movies.
Even the camera Frieda had used to take the 'pregnant slides' as well as dozens of other photos of Marilyn - a Mercury II, model CX 35mm - went up for sale selling for a bid of $3,437.50.
Tony said: 'It was amazing stuff, Frieda had 14 Marilyn autographs, some went as high as $14,000.'

The provenance for all the lots – which sold for $433,000 - was simply that they came as part of the Frieda Hull estate.
Tony recalls: ‘Frieda had even gotten permission from Marilyn to get a couple of locks of hair from her hairdresser.
I’m not talking much, just small lots of hair, together the two locks of hair went for $72,700.
She also had a red scarf that Marilyn had given her in there.
But out of all the lots her prized possession was the six ‘pregnant slides’ as she called them.
'She talked about these to me all the time, they were very important to her.'

Julien's auctioneers decided not to mention the pregnancy claims when selling the slides.
As a result the slides went relatively unnoticed and Tony felt it his duty to snap them up, paying just $2,240 - a bargain given the back story now emerging.
Of course, the astonishing claims which will send Marilyn Monroe historians into a flap, cannot be proven - both Marilyn and Yves Montand are long dead.
But Tony's compelling account of what Frieda had confided in him is difficult to ignore.

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Tony Michaels (left) purchased six photos of the film icon Marilyn Monroe taken by his friend and neighbor Frieda Hull (right)

And today he wants to tell Frieda’s story and how his long time friend was infatuated with Marilyn Monroe.
Speaking from his home in Las Vegas, the high stakes casino croupier told DailyMail.com: ‘I met Frieda over the wall in my back yard around 20 years ago around 1996, she was a neighbor and I introduced myself, she introduced herself and I invited her over for a prize fight.
‘I had ordered a pay for view fight that night and she had mentioned she was a fan of boxing and she came over with a bottle of Jack Daniels and drank me under the table.
She became my drinking partner and we became pretty good friends, she came to all the kid’s Little League games, if they had events, she went to all of them.
She became my kid’s surrogate grandmother because she had no family of her own.’

Frieda was never married and had no children so she ‘adopted’ many of the neighborhood children, including Tony’s two young boys Anthony and Andrew.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Hull; and her aunt, Elizabeth Hagen, but had no obvious heir when she died.

Tony said: ‘My family became very close to her. Frieda didn’t drive so we would take her grocery shopping or to her doctor’s appointments.
She was very generous, we’d go out to eat and she’d never let us pay for it, she liked to do a little gambling and loved sports, she was a die-hard fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Mets.
She was set in her ways and was never going to change her opinion about anything, She was a brutally honest person.

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Marilyn carried a coat in front of her belly after Frieda took the 'pregnant slides.;

She was very warm hearted, especially to the under dog whether it was children or animals.
She loved Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, but she had an infatuation with Marilyn Monroe.

Frieda is widely known to have been one of the ‘Monroe Six’ – a group of six friends based in New York City who followed the star all over America to take her photo.
As an employee of Pan Am Airlines Frieda was in the enviable position of being able to photograph Monroe on a regular basis.
The group learned of the screen siren's whereabouts by reading movie magazines and asking her hairdresser and would wait outside her hotel or home.

Tony said: ‘Frieda started out as a fan, almost like a stalker, her and five friends.
Then after a while Marilyn would recognize the kids and she came over and asked their names and they started a friendship.
When she would come in to town, for lack of a better word, they would kidnap her, put a scarf on her head and put sunglasses on her and they would go out and do things that Marilyn couldn’t do because she was too famous.
'They called her "Mazzi". It was a code name they had for her, so no one else would know who they were talking about.
She got to be a kid with the Monroe Six, they would go roller skating in Central Park or bike riding, just hang out.

Eventually Monroe came to know each member of the group very well, even inviting them to the Roxbury, Connecticut home she shared with then husband Arthur Miller for a picnic.

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'I would never, I couldn’t capitalize on Marilyn’s death she was my friend,' Frieda told Tony. Her photos and memorobilia of Marilyn was sold as part of her esate when she passed away

Tony added: ‘To show you how gruff Frieda could be at times, the story went that Marilyn came over and took a potato chip off her plate and Frieda snapped and put her in her place, “don’t you ever do that, I don’t care who you are, or who you think you are, that’s rude, don’t do that”. From then on they were pretty close friends.
Every time we would get together, especially if we were drinking, I’d get to hear all the stories from Frieda.
Marilyn gave her a red scarf at one point and she worked for Pan Am so any time Marilyn came in to town Frieda would run out on to the tarmac and start taking pictures.
I told Frieda, you know you have all this stuff why don’t you sell it, you can get a better place.
But she said, “no I would never, I couldn’t capitalize on Marilyn’s death she was my friend”.

Tony lost contact with Frieda after he divorced his wife and moved out of the marital home, but he says his ex-wife and two sons kept in close contact with her.
The best friend of Tony’s sons, a man named Chris who asked for his last name to be left out of this article, was also close to Frieda and helped her in her dying months.
Chris visited her in the hospice and took care of her house, he did a great job of helping her put and Frieda was very thankful,’ said Tony.
As a result Chris was made the executor of the estate and took up Tony on his offer to help catalogue all her Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.
My kids were in the will as was my ex-wife, I was not. Frieda and I kind of had a falling out.
But I was still fond of her and her death was terribly sad.
'I helped catalogue Frieda’s Marilyn Monroe collection because over the years she had shown me most of it, I knew what to look for in her mountain of belongings.
'The first thing on my list was "The pregnant slides".
'She always called them that, she told me the father of the unborn child was Yves Montand, she told me the story of how Arthur got called away and Yves Montand's wife got called away and they stayed together in a Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow and they had an affair.'
Indeed the affair between Monroe and Montand has been widely discussed over the years.

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The camera with which Frieda snapped her pictures of Marilyn

Monroe and playwright husband Arthur Miller were staying in a luxury bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, while the golden couple of French cinema, Simone Signoret and her husband Yves Montand were next door.
Monroe and Montand were starring in the George Cukor movie, Let's Make Love at the time.
Miller and Monroe's unhappy marriage made it easy for the star to stray.
Signoret famously said of Monroe: 'If Marilyn is in love with my husband it proves she has good taste, for I am in love with him too.'

Production on Let's Make Love, a movie starring Monroe and Montand, began in February 1960.
Soon after shooting got underway, their respective partners Miller and Signoret were called away from Los Angeles, leaving Monroe and Montand alone in Miller's Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow.
On March 8, 1960 Monroe received the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Actress for Some Like It Hot.
Could this be the night of conception? She would have been exactly four months pregnant in Hull's July 8, 'pregnant slides'.
In May, 1960 Miller found out about the affair and was very upset - his marriage to Monroe began to crumble.

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In later years Montand admitted to the affair. 'I was crazy about my wife, but what can you do?' Montand recalled

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Tony says that Frieda believed that when Marilyn went to hospital for ten days during the filming of The Misfits, it wasn't for acute exhaustion as was claimed at the time, it was for a nervous breakdown and possibly a miscarriage

By August that year they weren't speaking and Monroe moved out of a shared room with Miller at the Mapes Hotel in Reno.
In later years Montand admitted to the affair. 'I was crazy about my wife, but what can you do?' Montand recalled with a very French shrug.
Monroe died two years after Let's Make Love, at age 36.

Tony says he has meticulously researched the time period when Frieda claimed Monroe was pregnant and claims photographs taken at the time show the development of the child between two of her movies.
'Let's Make Love, you can see towards the end that she could be pregnant and she went right in to the The Misfits, Arthur Miller's play that he wrote for her,' he says.
'Then right at the end of The Misfits there's no sign of a pregnancy.'

Tony says that Frieda believed that when Marilyn went to hospital for ten days during the filming of The Misfits, it wasn't for acute exhaustion as was claimed at the time, it was for a nervous breakdown and possibly a miscarriage.
'She just told me Marilyn was pregnant in those photos and I believed her. I don't think she'd tell me that on a hunch, she knew.

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Speaking from his home in Las Vegas, the high stakes casino croupier told DailyMail.com: ‘I met Frieda over the wall in my back yard around 20 years ago around 1996, she was a neighbor and I introduced myself, she introduced herself and I invited her over for a prize fight

'Frieda believed that it wasn't exhaustion that landed her in hospital, she said it was a nervous breakdown and she lost her baby.
'And all she told me was that Marilyn has lost the baby, it was never made clear whether that was by way of a miscarriage or even an abortion, and I never thought to press her on it.'

Tony says he bought the photos because he knew their history as 'The pregnant slides', while no one else did.
'Now I think that the story needs to be told,' he added.
Tony says he kicks himself that he didn't quiz Frieda more on her time with Marilyn.
She would often share gems of information and fascinating stories with him, more often than not when they shared a drink together.
'Frieda worshipped Marilyn, she loved her. She wouldn't give up anything after she died,' he said.

Frieda, originally from Brooklyn, NY, and just four years younger than Monroe, died of natural causes aged 83 in 2014.
She had retired from Pan Am and came out to Las Vegas where she enjoyed the occasional flutter in the Vegas casinos, loved watching sports and lived a solitary life with her lap dog Bobby, who died before she did.
An online obituary posted locally in Las Vegas read: 'Frieda Elizabeth Hull, of Las Vegas, passed June 22, 2014... She was one of the most interesting, wonderful and kind-hearted people the world has ever known.'
The obituary mentioned her bond with her old friend: 'She was a good friend to Marilyn Monroe and loved sharing stories and private photos of the icon.'
And it ended poignantly: 'She lived a long and beautiful life, dying at 83 years old... She was an amazing woman and I could only hope to be half the person she was. "We love you and you will be greatly missed."'

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