10 juillet 2016

45 things you didn't know about Marilyn Monroe


 45 things you didn't know about Marilyn Monroe
published on June, 1st, 2016
by Horatia Harrod - online Telegraph

Norma Jeane Mortenson - better known as Marilyn Monroe 

1. Marilyn was relatively poorly paid. Jane Russell was paid around 10 times as much as Marilyn when they co-starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her salary for her final unfinished film, Something’s Got to Give, was $100,000. Compare that with Elizabeth Taylor, who was getting a million dollars for Cleopatra; or even Marilyn’s co-star in the film, Dean Martin, who was on $500,000. Today, her estate makes around five million dollars a year.

2. But she died having become a million-dollar movie star. In 1962 she was fired by Twentieth-Century Fox from the production of Something’s Got to Give because of her chronic lateness and no-shows (she didn’t appear for the first two weeks of filming). But on August 1, four days before her death, she was rehired by Fox on a $1million, two-picture deal.

3. She found it almost impossible to learn lines, and took 60 takes to deliver the line “It’s me, Sugar”, in Some Like it Hot.

4. She was Playboy’s first Sweetheart (later Playmate) of the Month, in 1953. Marilyn had been paid $50 to model for the picture in 1949; Hugh Hefner bought it for $500.

5. Several of the burial vaults near to Marilyn’s have been put on sale. When Elsie Poncher, the widow of the man in the vault above Marilyn’s, put his space up for sale on eBay, she received dozens of bids, including one for £2.8million.

6. Hugh Hefner owns the burial vault next to Marilyn at the Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. He bought it in 1992 for £50,000.

Marilyn Monroe on the cover of the first issue of 'Playboy'

7. She went by many names. On her birth certificate she is Norma Jeane Mortenson; she was baptised Norma Jeane Baker; she modelled under the names Jean Norman and Mona Monroe; her initial idea for a screen name was Jean Adair; she signed into hotels as Zelda Zonk and into a psychiatric clinic as Faye Miller. She only legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in March 1956, when she was already a star.

8. She was placed with 11 sets of foster parents after her mother, Gladys, was institutionalised. She also spent almost a year in the Children’s Aid Society Orphanage in Los Angeles.

9. Goya was her favourite artist: “I know this man very well, we have the same dreams, I have had the same dreams since I was a child.”

Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating
during a photo session to promote the film The Seven Year Itch in September 1954
Credit: Matty Zimmerman 

10. Marilyn became a Christian Scientist at the age of 18; later in her life she dabbled in alternative spiritualities, including Anthroposophy, the philosophy espoused by Rudolf Steiner. She converted to Judaism before her 1956 marriage to Arthur Miller.

11. Her weight went up and down so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that the costume designer, Beatrice Dawson, had to create facsimile dresses in different sizes. “I have two ulcers from this film,” she said, “and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

12. She was rarely without an acting coach. Her first, Natasha Lytess, worked with her for six years and 22 films, clashing with directors, whose authority she challenged, and studio heads, who paid her bills. (Marilyn also paid her a wage – and settled her £11,000 debt at the dentist.)
Later, Paula Strasberg took Lytess’s role; unlike Lytess, who tried to direct Marilyn’s every movement from behind the camera, Strasberg was consulted between takes. To coach Marilyn in The Prince and the Showgirl, she was paid $25,000 – as much as some of the featured actors were getting.

Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl

13. For 20 years after Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio arranged to have roses sent to her crypt three times a week.

14. In January 2011, Authentic Brand Groups bought the licensing rights to the Marilyn Monroe estate, for a price in the range of $30million. “On the media and entertainment side,” said the company’s chief executive, Jamie Salter, “I think she’s got a career in front of her, just based on technology.

15. At the 1999 auction of Marilyn’s effects, her white baby grand piano was bought by Mariah Carey, the singer, for $662,500. (The estimate had been $10,000-$15,000.) The piano had been bought by Marilyn’s mother, and sold after she had her breakdown, but Marilyn eventually found it and bought it back, keeping it with her until her death.

16. There was an open casket at her funeral. She wore an apple green Pucci sheath dress made of nylon jersey and a platinum wig (her head had been partially shaved during the autopsy).

17. She was thought to have been planning to remarry Joe DiMaggio at the time of her death. After the failure of their marriage, DiMaggio had undergone therapy, stopped drinking alcohol and expanded his interests beyond baseball: he and Marilyn read poetry together in these later years.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio Credit: Reuters 

18. Marilyn’s beaded Jean Louis gown, worn when she sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy, was sold in 1999 for £820,000. At the time it was the record price for a single item of clothing, until Marilyn’s billowing white Seven Year Itch dress was put up for sale by Debbie Reynolds in 2011, where it made £2.8 million.

19. Marilyn owned many dogs during her life; her last was a Maltese terrier given to her by Frank Sinatra, which she named Maf (short for Mafia Honey). At the Christie’s sale in 1999, two Polaroids of Maf sold for £220,000.

20. Marilyn left 75 per cent of her estate to the Strasbergs; eventually this fell to Anna Strasberg, Lee Strasberg’s third wife. She vetoes the use of all images in which Marilyn wears fur, citing Marilyn’s love of animals as a reason.

21. The Anna Freud Centre, a child therapy clinic in Hampstead, north London, owns the remaining 25 per cent of Marilyn Monroe’s estate. The centre was left its share by Dr Marianne Kris, one of Marilyn’s therapists, and the original beneficiary of her will.

22. Before her marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, Marilyn was married to James Dougherty. She was 16 when they tied the knot. Dougherty, who later became a detective in the LAPD, was forbidden by his second wife from going to see any of Marilyn’s films.

 Marilyn Monroe with her first husband, James Dougherty Credit: EPA

23. Marilyn whitened her skin with hormone cream, one side effect of which was to encourage the growth of blonde down on her face; Marilyn would not remove this peach fuzz, believing that it gave her face a soft glow on camera.

24. She was never nominated for an Academy Award, but she was voted the “Oomph Girl” at Emerson Junior High in 1941; crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen in 1948; and was Stars and Stripes magazine’s Miss Cheesecake of 1950.

25. She was named “The Most Advertised Girl in the World” by the Advertising Association of the West in 1953. Among the brands she represented were American Airlines, Kyron Way Diet Pills, Pabst Beer, Tan-Tan Suntan Lotion and Royal Triton Oil.

26. In 1950, Johnny Hyde, her agent, paid for her to have two plastic surgeries: a tip rhinoplasty (reshaping the soft cartilage at the end of her nose); and a chin implant.

27. She was an early devotee of yoga, and was taught by Indra Devi, a Swedish-Russian Bollywood film star who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

28. Marilyn’s intervention got Ella Fitzgerald her first major engagement at a Los Angeles nightclub. In 1955 the colour bar was still in force, but Marilyn convinced the management to let Fitzgerald play by promising to sit in the front row for a week.

29. Marilyn was only the second woman to head her own production company (Mary Pickford was the first).

30. Marilyn had a fixation on Clark Gable, her co-star in The Misfits; as a young girl, Marilyn dreamed that he was her father. When he died, she said that she cried for two days.

31. She preferred to go naked. Among female studio employees – wardrobe mistresses, hairdressers, make-up artists – she often went without clothes. She gave interviews in the nude and often went out wearing nothing under the black mink that Joe DiMaggio had given her.

Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, stars of 'The Misfits' Credit: AP 

32. Writers loved her. Jean-Paul Sartre wanted her to play the role of a hysterical patient in the film Freud, for which he wrote the first draft of a screenplay; she was Truman Capote’s first choice for the part of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

33. Marilyn’s death was ruled a “probable suicide”, but toxicology tests were only carried out on her liver. When the deputy coroner, Thomas Noguchi, tried to obtain her other organs for testing, he was told they’d been destroyed.

34. Veronica Hamel, an actress, bought Marilyn’s house in 1972. She claimed that when she was renovating the house she discovered an extensive system of wire-taps.

35. Marilyn’s hero was Abraham Lincoln: “I used to read everything I could find about him,” she wrote in her (ghosted) autobiography, My Story. “He was the only famous American who seemed most like me, at least in his childhood.

36. The books she was reading at the time of her death were Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Captain Newman MD, a novel by Leo Rosten based on the life of Monroe’s psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson.

37. Two men claimed paternity of Marilyn on their deathbeds: C Stanley Gifford, who both Marilyn and her mother believed was her father, but who refused to meet Marilyn when she was alive; and Edward Mortensen, who was married to her mother at the time of her birth, and whose (misspelled) surname appears on her birth certificate.

38. She was athletic. As a young married woman on Catalina Island in the early Forties, she studied weightlifting with a former Olympic champion named Howard Corrington. She later went tandem surfing with a boyfriend, Tommy Zahn, balancing on his shoulders as they cut through the waves.

39. She was a talented producer. Marilyn Monroe Productions, which she formed in 1955 with Milton Greene, the photographer, only solely produced one film, The Prince and the Showgirl. Marilyn showed her nous in winning the script: she managed to wangle a meeting with the writer, Terence Rattigan, in New York, where he was stopping over en route to Hollywood to discuss the script with the director William Wyler, luring him from the airport to a downtown bar. When Wyler failed to make him a concrete offer, Rattigan went with Monroe.

40. Many of her friends believed she was murdered. Among the potential suspects: Robert Kennedy (with whom she had had an affair); John F Kennedy (ditto); mafioso Sam Giancana; the FBI; the CIA; her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson.

41. During the filming of Let’s Make Love, Marilyn’s no-shows added 28 days to the shooting time and $1 million to the budget.

Allan 'Whitey' Snyder applying Marilyn Monroe's makeup
on the set of 'Let's Make Love' Credit: AP

42. Her career in front of the camera began when she was discovered working on the assembly line at Radioplane, a munitions factory, by a photographer called David Conover.

43. Arthur Miller’s play After the Fall is generally thought to be a thinly veiled portrayal of his marriage to Marilyn. The writer James Baldwin walked out of the play because he thought that “Maggie”, the Monroe character, was written so cruelly.

 Marilyn Monroe with then-husband Arthur Miller in July 1956 Credit: AP

44. She only owned one home by herself: the house she died in at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood.

45. When she met Nikita Khrushchev, they discussed The Brothers Karamazov. She dreamed of playing the part of Grushenka in a film of the book.

25 janvier 2011

09/08/1955 Marilyn en visite à Bement

Le 9 août 1955, Marilyn Monroe téléphone à quatre heures du matin à la photographe Eve Arnold, pour lui annoncer qu'elle s'envole le jour même pour Bement, une petite ville de 1500 habitants dans l'Illinois, lieu historique d'une rencontre entre Abraham Lincoln et Stephen Douglas. Sa mission consiste à "sensibiliser à l'art les masses populaires". Elle demande à Eve Arnold de l'accompagner, elle et son assistant et coiffeur Peter Leonardi, assurant Eve Arnold d'obtenir ainsi un reportage photographique exclusif; la photographe, à moitié endormie mais intriguée, accepte.
C'est Carlton Smith, le directeur de la 'National Arts Foundation', qui a convaincu Marilyn de venir promouvoir l'art. Mais Bement célébre alors aussi son centenaire et la venue de Marilyn dans cette petite bourgade en fait une publicité nationale.
Marilyn accepta sans doute cette proposition car elle a toujours été fascinée par Abraham Lincoln.
Photographies noir et blanc d' Eve Arnold; Snapshots de James Collins et Frieda Hull, fans des 'Monroe Six' / James Haspiel / Peter Leonardi

On August 9, 1955, Marilyn Monroe phones to Eve Arnold at four o'clock in the morning to inform her that she is flying the same day for Bement, a small town of 1,500 inhabitants in Illinois, place of the historical meeting between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Her mission is to "raise awareness of art among the popular people". She asks to Eve Arnold to accompany her, with her assistant and hairdresser Peter Leonardi, assuring Eve Arnold to obtain an exclusive photographic report. The photographer, half asleep but intrigued, accepts.
It's Carlton Smith, the director of the National Arts Foundation, who convinced Marilyn to come and promote art. But Bement also celebrates its centenary and the arrival of Marilyn in this small town makes it a national advertisement. Marilyn accepts this proposal because she has always been fascinated by Abraham Lincoln.
Black and white photographs by Eve Arnold; Snapshots by James Collins and Frieda Hull, fans from the 'Monroe Six' band / James Haspiel / Peter Leonardi

  • Marilyn, son coiffeur Leonardi et Eve Arnold partent de l'aéroport La Guardia de New York à dix heures du matin. Marilyn s'est levée tôt car elle vit alors dans le Connecticut. On a demandé à Marilyn d'écrire un discours sur Lincoln, qu'elle prononcerait là-bas. Dans l'avion, elle écrit et répète son discours.

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  • Le voyage en avion est long et le premier arrêt se fait à Chicago. Après deux heures d'attente à l'aéroport, Marilyn, son coiffeur et Eve Arnold, prennent un autre avion en direction de Champaign, où les attendent une voiture et une escorte de motards du gouverneur, chargés de les mener à Bement.

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> photo de James Collins, un fan des 'Monroe Six'

  • A l'arrivée sur l'aérodrome de Champaign, Eve Arnold décrit l'ambiance comme étant "cauchemardesque". Des centaines de journalistes de la presse, de la radio et même de la télévision, étaient sur place et se bousculaient pour apercevoir la star. Tout le monde voulait voir Marilyn, la toucher, lui parler, obtenir un autographe et Marilyn répond à toutes les attentes. Pour l'occasion, la population de la ville avait quadruplé et les admirateurs étaient venus de loin pour voir la star. Parmi les fans se trouve James Haspiel, que l'on distingue mêlé aux photographes et journalistes sur l'une des photographies. Dans l'aéroport, Eve Arnold surveille de près Marilyn et va même jusqu'à la suivre dans les toilettes pour s'assurer que personne ne vienne la perturber. 

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> Signature d'autographes au Pastafazula Club
dans un salon de l'aéroport Midway

  • Arrivée à Bement, Marilyn est très fatiguée: les longs voyages en avion et en voiture ainsi que les bousculades l'ont épuisée. De plus, elle souffre d'une infection rénale et a oublié ses médicaments, si bien que ses chevilles enflent. Marilyn, son coiffeur et sa photographe sont emmenés au domicile de Carlton Smith. Elle demande une cuvette d'eau pour réduire l'oedème et s'allonge sur le lit avec ses pieds surélevés, pendant que son coiffeur Leonardi s'endort au pied du lit. Pendant ce temps, la foule s'agglutinent autour de la maison: certains ont escaladé les toits des maisons avoisinantes, d'autres regardent par les fenêtres (qui n'avaient pas de volets), frappent à la porte, criant le nom de Marilyn. Quelqu'un parvient même à enfoncer la porte d'entrée de la maison!

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  • Marilyn n'a emmené aucun vêtement de rechange, excepté deux paires de chaussures (une paire blanche et des sandales noires).
    C'est Eve Arnold qui repasse sa robe, pendant que Marilyn se remaquille tout en se faisant recoiffer par Leonardi puis de répéter encore son discours. Elle passe un coup de fil et mange un peu de raisin. Elle enfile ensuite une paire de gants noirs avant de sortir au contact de la foule.

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  • Marilyn visite ensuite le musée d' Abraham Lincoln et une exposition d'oeuvres d'art primitif, prêtées par un musée de Chicago, puis elle répond aux questions des journalistes et signe le livre d'or.

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  • Marilyn prononce son discours sur Lincoln puis participe au concours de la plus belle barbe. Tous les hommes de la ville se sont laissés pousser la barbe pour participer au concours. Ils devaient tous figurer dans un tableau.

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> Avec Clark Plummer 
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  • Avant de partir, Marilyn va au contact de la population, discute avec plaisir avec les gens et signe des autographes.

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  • Le départ définitif est perturbé: le petit avion qui doit les ramener à New York ne peut pas décoller en raison d'une tempête annoncée. Carlton Smith leur propose alors de passer la nuit sur place mais Marilyn ne compte pas rester et veut absolument rentrer à New York. Face à son désarroi, Eve Arnold propose qu'ils se rendent tous à Chicago, à plus d'une centaine de kilomètres, où il y a encore certainement des avions en destination de New York. Après avoir appelé l'aéroport, il reste un seul avion en destination de New York, qui décolle à 23 heures et il était déjà 21h30. Le gouverneur est contacté par l'un des motards qui les a escorté à leur arrivée, et il accorda la permission d'utiliser sa voiture. C'est le sergent de la police de l'Etat d'Illinois, Dick "Jiggs" Robinson, qui conduit la voiture. Il se souvient que Marilyn lui demande d'accélerer un peu pour ne pas rater l'avion. Allongée sur la banquette arrière, elle discute avec le sergent, lui demande des renseignements sur l'histoire de la ville et les paysages qui défilent par la vitre.

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  • 1955_bementLa soirée est fraîche et il commence à pleuvoir. Marilyn frissonnait dans sa robe blanche légère et ajourée sans manches. Eve Arnold lui prête alors son gilet. A l'aéroport de Chicago, l'avion les attend depuis 10 minutes. Les passagers, endormis, n'ont pas reconnu Marilyn qui avait les cheveux ébouriffés et qui était éreintée de sa journée. Ils arrivent tous à New York à deux heures du matin. Au moment de se quitter, Marilyn serre Eve Arnold dans ses bras et la remercie de lui avoir épargner une nuit dans l'Illinois.

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17 novembre 2010

Avril 1956 Lincoln - Marilyn par Milton

Marilyn Monroe photographiée par Milton H Greene en Avril 1956 à Los Angeles - Marilyn dans la Cadillac noire que lui a offert
Jack Benny en 1953, pose avec le portrait d'Abraham Lincoln, qu'elle admire.

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Milton H Greene in April 1956 in Los Angeles - Marilyn in the black Cadillac that has offered
Jack Benny in 1953; she poses with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, whom she admires.

- Photos de la session "L": "Lincoln" -
- Photos of the sitting "L": "Lincoln"

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>> Photo de la session "Lincoln"
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> photo poster
en vente sur le site Archive Store de Milton H Greene

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05 septembre 2008

Les 19 et 20/02/1948, Salinas - Marilyn élue "Reine de l'Artichaut"

1948-02-20-salinas-doreen_nash-1  Tout commence quand les frères James Seedman et Stanley Seedman décident de promouvoir la vente de leurs diamants pour leurs deux boutiques respectives. Jim est propriétaire de la bijouterie "Carlyle's Jewelry Stores" à Salinas et Stan d'une boutique à Hollywood. Ils sont partenaires dans les deux bijouteries. Stan apprend par un vendeur de diamants de Los Angeles, qui avait travaillé à temps partiel pour la promotion de star de cinéma, qu'ils peuvent louer les services d'une jeune starlette pour une campagne publicitaire. Ils optent pour le choix d'une starlette nommée Doreen Nash (photo ci-contre) mais celle-ci annule son engagement à la dernière minute. Ils se tournent ainsi vers une autre jeune starlette du nom de scène "Marilyn Monroe".
C'est ainsi que Marilyn se retrouve pour quelques jours dans la ville de Salinas, dans le comté de Monterey en Californie, venue par le train du Coast Starlight; elle arrive à Salinas le 19 février 1948, et réside pendant son séjour au vieil hôtel Jeffery sur Main Street.
Il existe des liens indirects entre Doreen Nash et Marilyn: Doreen a été mariée à Lee Siegel, médecin des studios de la Fox et qui a suivi Marilyn; après la mort de son mari, elle épouse l'acteur James Whitmore, qui joue dans Quand la ville dort.

 It all starts when brothers Jim and Stan Seedman decide to promote the sale of their diamonds for their two respective shops. Jim is the owner of the shop "Carlyle's Jewelry Stores" in Salinas and Stan has a shop in Hollywood. They are partners in both jewelers. Stan learns from a diamond seller in Los Angeles, who worked part-time for the promotion of movie star, that they could hire the services of a young starlet for a publicity campaign. They opte for the choice of a starlet named Doreen Nash (picture opposite) but she cancels her commitment at the last minute. So they turn to another young starlet stage name "Marilyn Monroe".
That's how Marilyn spends few days in the town of Salinas, in the county of Monterey in California, came by train from the Coast Starlight, she arrives in Salinas the February 19, 1948 and resides during her stay at the old Jeffery hotel on Main Street.
There are indirect links between Doreen Nash and Marilyn: Doreen was married to Dr Lee Siegel, Marilyn's physician at the Fox studios; after her husband's death, she married actor James Whitmore, who played in The Asphalt Jungle.

- Jeffery Hotel - 

1948-02-19-salinas-artichoke_queen-1-2-randy_barsotti-1  Stanley Seedman se rend à la réunion du jeudi du club des Kiwanis à Salinas et Randy Barsotti (photo ci-contre), le président de l'association de l'artichaut, lui suggére de se rendre chez un ami photographe Cal Choke pour une séance photos de promotion. Randy a alors l'idée de surnommer Marilyn "la Reine de l'Artichaut" (Artichoke Queen) car la ville de Castroville - à 24 km de Salinas - est spécialisé dans la culture de l'artichaut.
Ils lui demandent de venir visiter une ferme d'artichauts, et le 19 février 1948, ils lui offrent à midi un déjeuner de cœurs d'artichauts fraîchement cuisinés et l'honorent d'une écharpe qui la déclare «Reine de l'artichaut» à l'hôtel Santa Lucia Inn, sous les acclamations de la foule. Marilyn rencontre plusieurs agriculteurs de la région (Edward Modena, Enrico Bellone et Randy Barsotti) et après le déjeuner, comme le veut la tradition, l'assistance a écouté le discours de sermon sur la vie religieuse et morale d'Abraham Lincoln par le Révérend Ed Bowling.

Stanley Seedman goes to the Thursday meeting of the Kiwanis Club in Salinas and Randy Barsotti (picture opposite), the president of the artichoke association, suggests that they go to a photographer friend Cal Choke for a photo shoot promotion. Randy then has the idea of nicknaming Marilyn as "the Artichoke Queen" because the town of Castroville - 15 miles from Salinas - is specialized in growing artichokes.
They ask her to come visit an artichoke farm, and on February 19, 1948, they offer at noon her a lunch of freshly cooked artichoke hearts and honor her with a sash that declares her "Artichoke Queen" at the Santa Lucia Inn, to the cheers of the crowd. Marilyn meets several growers from the area (Edward Modena, Enrico Bellone and Randy Barsotti) and after lunch, as regular tradition, the audience listen to the sermon speech on the religious and moral life of Abraham Lincoln by the Reverend Ed Bowling.

- Randy Barsotti épingle une orchidée et une écharpe à Marilyn
qui est consacrée "Reine de l'Artichaut de Californie 1948" -
- Randy Barsotti pins and orchid and a sash to Marilyn
who is consecreted "Californian Artichoke Queen 1948" -

- Marilyn entourée des membres de l'association de l'artichaut:
Marilyn surrounded by members of the artichoke association:
Edward Modena, Randy Barsotti, Enrico Bellone -

- L'écharpe est aujourd'hui exposée à
la Chambre de commerce de Castroville -
- The sash is now on display
the Castroville Chamber of Commerce -


- Santa Lucia Inn -

- Dans la presse -

Salinas Californian, 20/02/1948 - USA

Ce soir-là, Mme Seedman raconte que Marilyn a rejoint la famille pour dîner au restaurant chic italien, Cademartori. "Elle était si douce - elle avait pris notre fils de deux ans sur ses genoux pour le divertir pendant notre dîner". Les époux Seedman n'ont pas conservé de photos de Marilyn pendant son séjour: "elle n'était pas encore célèbre"(...) nous pensions que les photographies n'avaient aucune valeur et nous avons jeté les extras !".

That evening, Mrs. Seedman says that Marilyn joins the family for dinner at the posh Italian restaurant, Cademartori: "She was so sweet - had our two-year-old son on her lap and entertained him during our dinner." The Seedman couple doesn't keep any pictures of Marilyn during her stay: "she hadn't reached a notoriety level (...) we thought the photographs where worthless and threw the extras out!".

- Cademartori, restaurant italien -

Le lendemain après-midi, soit le vendredi 20 février 1948, Marilyn Monroe participe à une séance de dédicace à la bijouterie de Stanley Seedman, la boutique Carlyle's Jewelry Store au 362 Main Street à Salinas. La boutique avait commandé 200 photos de Marilyn, mais leur nombre se révéle rapidement insuffisant par l'afflux de fans et de curieux qui comprenait surtout des adolescents et les jeunes mères de famille; Marilyn n'est pas encore connue en tant qu'actrice, ses admirateurs étant surtout ceux qui la connaissent en tant que pin-up. Seedamn expliquera: "Nous ne savions pas que cela partirait aussi vite !", si bien qu'il doit commander beaucoup plus de photos et "avant la fin de la semaine, il en avait été distribuée plus de 1000". Cette publicité autour de Marilyn demeure encore l'un des plus grands évènements de la ville.
Marilyn a attiré une foule si importante pour la petite ville de Salinas qu'il a fallu avoir recours à deux policiers devant le magasin pour contrôler la densité de la foule. "Nous n'avons jamais été aussi entassés dans le magasin" admis Seedman impressionné.

The next afternoon, Friday, February 20, 1948, Marilyn Monroe participates to a signing session at Stanley Seedman's jewelry store, the Carlyle's Jewelry Store at 362 Main Street in Salinas. The store has ordered 200 photos of Marilyn, but their numbers quickly proved insufficient by the influx of fans and curious people who mostly included teenagers and young mothers; Marilyn is not yet known as an actress, her admirers being mostly those who know her as a pin-up. Seedamn will explain: "We didn't know it would go so fast !", so he has to order many more photos and "before the end of the week, it was distributed more over 1000." This publicity around Marilyn still remains one of the biggest events in the town.
Marilyn has attracted such a large crowd to the small town of Salinas that it has to use two policemen in front of the store to control the density of the crowd. "We have never been crammed into the store" admitted Seedman impressed.

- Séance de dédicace - de gauche à droite:
- Autograph session - from left to right:
James Seedman, Marilyn Monroe, Stanley Seedman-

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- La photo dédicacée par Marilyn est une photo des studios de la Fox
un portrait publicitaire de Laszlo Willinger -
- The picture autographed by Marilyn is a photo from Fox studios:
a publicity portrait of Laszlo Willinger -
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- Un portrait dédicacé ce jour-là:
- A portrait autographed that day:
"Butter Ball,
love always,
Marilyn Monroe

- Dans la presse -

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Le soir du 20 février 1948, un concours est organisé pour remporter un bijou et c'est Marilyn Monroe qui remet la bague de diamant (de la bijouterie Carlyle's) à un heureux gagnant au Vogue Theatre de la ville de Salinas, juste avant le début de la soirée "Carnaval au Costa Rica". Marilyn sera surnommée ce soir là la "Reine du diamant de Salinas".

On the evening of February 20, 1948, a contest is organized to win a jewel and this is Marilyn Monroe who gives the diamond ring (from Carlyle's jewelry store) to a lucky winner at the Vogue Theater in the town of Salinas, just before the start of the "Carnival in Costa Rica" party. Marilyn will be nicknamed that night the "Diamond Queen of Salinas".


- ticket de participation au concours -
- contest participation ticket -

- Dans la presse -

Californian, 24/25 Mars 2012 - USA

Il semble que Marilyn serait restée une semaine entière à Salinas, mais on ne sait rien du reste de son séjour, excepté qu'elle ait continué ses séances de signatures d'autographes dans la bijouterie puisqu'elle signera près de 1 000 photographies.

It seems that Marilyn would have stayed a whole week in Salinas, but we don't know anything about the rest of her stay, except that she continues her autograph signing sessions in the jewelry store since she will sign nearly 1,000 photographs.

La ville de Castroville - dans le comté de Monterey en Californie, à 25 km de la ville de Salinas - est devenue la ville mondiale de l'artichaut et organise un festival annuel depuis 1960. L'image de Marilyn est depuis utilisée dans les publicités pour promouvoir le festival et les artichauts.

The city of Castroville - in Monterey County, California, 15 miles from the city of Salinas - became the artichoke center of the world and helds an annual festival since 1960. Marilyn's image has since been used in advertisements to promote the festival and the artichokes.

- Publicités -
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- Sur le web
Le séjour de Marilyn à Salinas sur Map Salinas Locals Guide History
Reportage de Stanley Foss sur sa chaîne youtube Marilyn Monroe's Lost Weekend
Site officiel Artichoke Festival

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