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02 juillet 2022

16/07/2022, Julien's, "Hollywood Legends": Lots partie 1

 2022-07-16-JULIENS-Hollywood_Legends-catalogueEnchères "Hollywood Legends"
16 juillet 2022
- 115 lots avec Marilyn Monroe -

Partie 1: Photos, Films, Effets personnels & Merchandising
Part 1: Photos, Films, Personal Effects & Merchandising

> 16/07/2022, Julien's, "Hollywood Legends": Catalogue


A black and white image of Marilyn Monroe taken by Joseph Jasgur in 1946, printed later with Jasgur's approval. Monroe is posed smiling with hand on hip beside a tripod. 14 x 11 inches
Estimate: $200 - $400 / Sold: -

A limited edition black and white 1990 print of a photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken by Laszlo Willinger in the 1940's with the verso signed by Willinger in black marker. Numbered 17/50 in pencil. 20 x 16 inches
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Sold: -
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A vintage black and white partial contact sheet featuring candid and posed images of Marilyn Monroe and Milton Greene. The sheet, which consists of two partial contact sheets stapled together, contains 17 images of Monroe. 4.5 x 10 inches
PROVENANCE Lot 890, Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe, Juliens Auctions, Los Angeles, November 17-19, 2016

Estimate: $200 - $300 / Sold: -

A color high-gloss photograph print of Marilyn Monroe taken by photographer Bert Stern, printed circa the 1980's.
16 x 20 inches

Estimate: $200 - $300 / Sold: -

A group of five black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe from a series taken by photographer George Barris. These are among the last images captured of Monroe before she died in August 1962.
14.5 x 12 inches (overall).

Estimate: $500 - $700 / Sold:
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A framed color photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken as part of the Marilyn Monroe Weston Editions Ltd. by photographer George Barris, signed by the photographer in black ink.
35.5 x 23.25 inches

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 / Sold: -

A framed color photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken as part of the Marilyn Monroe Weston Editions Ltd. by photographer George Barris, signed by the photographer in black ink.
35.5 x 23.25 inches

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 / Sold: -


A gold-plated sterling silver bracelet, designed by Joseff of Hollywood. The bracelet is composed of series of rectangular wirework links of foliate design, enhanced by brilliant-cut simulated diamonds, joined by fluted triangular shaped links with hinged locking clasp and safety chain, and mounted in gold plated sterling silver.
The bracelet was among a set rented for Marilyn Monroe in a series of Fox publicity photos shot by staff photographer Frank Powolny, used to promote the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Twentieth Century Fox, 1953). The bracelet was ultimately not photographed, but the photoshoot produced legendary images of Monroe wearing the racy gold pleated gown designed by Travilla for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Although the gown was deemed to be too revealing because of its plunging neckline and was cut from the film, Monroe liked it and insisted on wearing it to the 1953 Photoplay Awards ceremony. She also wore it during this photoshoot, together with the rest of the jewelry set, producing some of the most iconic images of Monroe ever captured.
Length, 6.75 inches
PROVENANCE From The Joseff Archives

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 / Sold: -
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A pair of gold-tone floral basket pendant ear clips with faceted crystal beads, worn by Marilyn Monroe in promotional photos for How To Marry A Millionaire (Twentieth Century Fox, 1953). By Napier, no. MMF889. Each clip back earring is designed as a gold-tone flower basket, with wirework detail and sculpted flowers enhanced by faceted crystal beads, and suspended by a gold-tone floret centering a faceted crystal bead.
In the glamorous 20th Century Fox 1953 promotional photo shoot, Monroe posed in the earrings wearing a burgundy satin evening gown designed by William Travilla.
This set is one of two sets made for the photo shoot. Joan Castle had rented two pairs of earrings and other pieces including an engagement ring. One pair never made it back and the other was slightly damaged. This set was the former, which Marilyn had purportedly taken from the set as she was seen wearing them after the film wrapped.
Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from the husband of actress Carmen Miranda, as well as a vintage copy of Movieland magazine featuring Monroe on the cover wearing the earrings.
Length, 3.75 inches

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000 / Sold: -
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A pair of sequin embellished costumes screen-worn by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in the classic film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Twentieth Century Fox, 1953).
The first costume is a black sequined dance leotard worn by Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei. The costume consists of a black satin boned leotard embellished with black sequins in a vermicelli pattern and rhinestone trim with dangling teardrop rhinestones and a matching black sequin covered bicorne hat. The leotard has a bias label inscribed "1-25-1-4288 Marilyn Monroe A698-69." The hat has a bias label inscribed "1-25-1-4288 M. Monroe A698-69."
The second costume is a black sequined dance leotard worn by Jane Russell as Dorothy Shaw. The costume consists of a black satin boned leotard embellished with jet-like sequins in a vermicelli pattern and rhinestone trim and a matching sequin bicorne hat. Costume design by Academy Award winner, William "Billy" Travilla.
Monroe and costar Jane Russell wear these costumes during the scene in which the duo are forced to find work as showgirls in Paris, headlining the "Les Chanteuses Americaines," as well as in the official trailer and in several publicity images.
Professional museum restoration and conservation that includes application of missing sequins, replacement of a velvet panel that was not original to the Jane Russell costume but was created by the studio for use in other productions, and the creation and placement of fabric flowers has been performed on these costumes by The Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile.
Accompanied by: an original print photograph with glossy finish, depicting Marilyn Monroe with co-star Jane Russell in an image from their classic film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with a press-snipe glued to the verso, credit stamps, and a red date stamp for "May 4 1953"; an original vintage print photograph of Marilyn and Jane from the film holding top hats from the National Film Archive London; and a National Screen Service Corp. press release photo of Marilyn and Jane depicted from the film; each 8 x 10 inches.

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000 / Sold: - 
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A figure-hugging embellished gown worn by Marilyn Monroe while singing "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It" in the musical There's No Business Like Show Business (Twentieth Century Fox, 1954).
The flesh tone crepe gown has a netting overlay and is generously embellished with silver and pearlized bugle beads in a starburst and foliate motif, scattered rhinestones, bouquets of bugle beads top with sequins and seed beads, with a cluster of monofilament fiber with silver and glittering flowers to the waist-high left leg slit. A sheer pleated vanity panel is present to the slit and was added post production for alternate filming and publicity images for release in countries that forbade such a revealing costume. Hand finishing work and a couture waistband are present to the interior. A 20th Century label with no inscription and a bias label inscribed "1-25-1-4692 M. Monroe A-729-28" are present. Costume design by William "Billy" Travilla.
Also included is a matching headpiece of silver and glitter flowers, accented with a spray of monofilament fibers with a bias label inscribed "1-25-4-4692 A729-29 M.Monroe," and a pair of strappy satin Pacelle Saks Fifth Avenue high heels that are not original to the costume.
Accompanied by a coffee table book titled The Marilyn Album (Gallery Books, 1991) by Nicki Giles, which features photographs of Monroe wearing the ensemble. Also accompanied by an original vintage press photo of Marilyn in the film and a 20th Century Fox press release photo of Marilyn from a scene in the film; each 8 x 10 inches.

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000 / Sold: -

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A #6 lobby card from the Marilyn Monroe film There's No Business Like Show Business (20th Century Fox, 1954).
11 x 14 inches

Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

A pair of three-dimensional stereo viewer slides of Marilyn Monroe as Vicky Parker in There's No Business Like Show Business (20th Century Fox, 1954). The stereo three-dimensional slides come from the collection of Ad Schaumer, an Assistant Director active in Hollywood between 1928 and 1966.
1.75 x 4 inches (each)
PROVENANCE Lot 859, Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe, Juliens Auctions, Los Angeles, November 17-19, 2016

Estimate: $200 - $300 / Sold: -

A note containing dialogue from Marilyn Monroe's classic film Bus Stop (20th Century Fox, 1956), with red ink stains and acting notes handwritten in pencil by Marilyn Monroe. Monroe's character, Cherie, asks Elma for help: "Pardon me I'm sorry to wake you/But I wonder if you could help/me/I'm being abducted/you know-kidnapped-by-him/I thought maybe as soon as/we got some place I'd ask the/driver to stop and let me off/But we been driving for hours, and we still don't seem to be, nowhere at all-not only that/but I'm freezing to death-I/ain't got much on under/my coat."
This note is reproduced in the book Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe. Edited by Stanley Buchthel and Bernard Comment. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2010).
11 x 8.5 inches
PROVENANCE Lot 193, Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe, Juliens Auctions, Los Angeles, November 17-19, 2016
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 / Sold: -
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A group of 18 Lobby cards from the film Bus Stop (20th Century Fox, 1956), starring Marilyn Monroe, one of which is signed in faded red marker by Monroe's co-star, Eileen Heckart. 8 x 10 inches (largest)
PROVENANCE Lot 736, Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe, Juliens Auctions, Los Angeles, November 17-19, 2016

Estimate: $200 - $300 / Sold: -
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A 19th Century-style bodice worn by Marilyn Monroe in a 1956 Jack Cardiff photo session. Monroe wore this bodice during a private photo session in which she was depicted with different hats as she purportedly reminded him of works by the great French painter, Renoir, with the series of photographs referred to as "Renoir Girl".
The boned faille bodice is embellished with ivory lace, black silk velvet, and jet-like foliate buttons. Also includes a piece of the original missing button.
Includes a DVD copy of Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Modus Operandi Films, 2010).
PROVENANCE Lot 93, Film and Entertainment, Christies, South Kensington, Sale number 9538, December 17, 2002

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 / Sold: -
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A black velvet studio evening gown from the Marilyn Monroe production The Fireball (1950, Bert E. Friedlob Productions), with a bias label inscribed "M. Monroe 1 27 3 0396." The floor-length gown features a plunging neckline front zipper and tie, as well as three hook and eye closures. Also included is a matching black velvet belt and a loose shoulder pad.
Monroe has a very small role in the film, which premiered in Los Angeles on October 7, 1950, less than a week before her watershed performance in All About Eve (20th Century Fox, 1950) premiered in New York. She plays Polly, one of several women vying for the attention of roller-skating champion Johnny Casar (Mickey Rooney). As usual, she stands out as a vixen who loves him only for his fame and success.
The gown is seen worn in a publicity photo used to promote the film and also possibly worn in an early photo session with photographer, Ed Clark (photos available upon request).
Includes a DVD of the film and an edition of the book Monroe: Her Life in Pictures by James Spada (New York: Doubleday, 1982).
PROVENANCE Lot 225, Collectors Carrousel, Including Dolls, Toys, Slot Machines, Hollywood and Rock N Roll Memorabilia, Sothebys New York, Sale number 6384, December 17, 1992
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 / Sold: -
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A collection of promotional items for the classic Marilyn Monroe comedy Some Like It Hot (Ashton Productions, 1959) starring Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis. Included is a collection of twelve photographs of Monroe taken by photographer Richard Avedon (in original paper sleeve), two Art studies scrapbook pages, a page from the United Artists Pressbook, and a red postcard.
12.25 x 12.25 inches (largest)
Estimate: $500 - $700 / Sold: -
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Two record albums, personally owned by Marilyn Monroe: Some Like It Hot: Original Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack (United Artists Records, 1959) and Marilyn (20th Fox Records, 1962).
12.25 x 12.25 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Marilyn Monroe

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 / Sold: -
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A custom-made pale pink silk blouse worn by Marilyn Monroe as "Amanda Dell" in Let's Make Love (Twentieth Century Fox, 1960). The fitted blouse is tailored with simulated pearl buttons and hand finishing work to the interior. A Twentieth Century Fox label with no inscription is present.
Monroe as Amanda can be seen wearing the blouse while rehearsing the musical number "Incurably Romantic" with Jean-Marc Clement (played by Yves Montand). After a rehearsed stage kiss, Amanda realizes she is falling in love with her co-star.
Includes a DVD of the film.
PROVENANCE Lot 238, Film and Entertainment, Christies, South Kensington, Sale number EPH 3127, December 16, 1988

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 / Sold: -
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A large color photograph print of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits (Seven Arts Productions, 1961) taken by photographer Eve Arnold in 1960.
21.5 x 18.5 inches

Estimate: $600 - $800 / Sold: -

From the Personal Files of Marilyn Monroe: A Western Union telegram dated January 12, 1961, from "Nan" who praised Marilyn on her performance in The Misfits (Seven Arts Productions, 1961). The message reads, "Your Roslyn is a gift of Joy and Light and 'The still sad music of Humanity.' Love, Nan." Also included in this lot, eight press clippings from various newspapers across the United States with stories about Marilyn's latest film, The Misfits, from her personal files.
PROVENANCE: From the Archives of Marilyn Monroes Personal Property

Estimate: $150 - $250 / Sold: -

Effets personnels / Personal Effects

A small ceramic flower bathroom tile from the Brentwood, CA house in which Marilyn Monroe died in August 1962.
5.5 x 1.75 inches
PROVENANCE From The Collection of Lynda Nunez
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 / Sold: -
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A set of five Rosenthal "Donatello" pattern cream colored coffee cups and six saucers with gilt rims. These belonged to Marilyn Monroe and passed into the collection of Lee Strasberg, her acting coach and executor of her estate.
2.25 inches
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Lee Strasberg

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000 / Sold: -
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A pair of beige heels by Dal Co., worn by Marilyn Monroe. The heels exhibit no-slip heel inserts, worn heels and soles, and very scuffed toes and sides. The shoes are stamped both "38" and "15."
PROVENANCE Lot 399, Marilyn Monroe: Property From the Estate of Lee Strasberg, Juliens Auctions, November 17-20, 2016

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000 / Sold: -

A collection of global press articles and newspaper clippings from various years all related to Marilyn Monroe; the articles feature headlines and stories about the star's personal life and career, and many are circled or annotated in colored wax pencil or pen; like most stars of the era, Monroe paid a 'clipping service' to scour national and international publications that wrote about her; lot includes approximately 35 clippings. Various Sizes
PROVENANCE: From the Archives of Marilyn Monroes Personal Property
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Sold: -

A collection of global press articles and newspaper clippings from various years all related to our gal; the articles feature headlines and stories about the star's personal life and career, and many are circled or annotated in colored wax pencil or pen; l ike most stars of the era, Monroe paid a 'clipping service' to scour national and international publications that wrote about her; lot includes approximately 45 clippings, along with Marilyn's personal copy of LIFE magazine dated August 15, 1960. Various Sizes
PROVENANCE: From the Archives of Marilyn Monroes Personal Property
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Sold: -

A collection of global press articles and newspaper clippings from various years all related to our gal; the articles feature headlines and stories about the star's personal life and career, and many are circled or annotated in colored wax pencil or pen; like most stars of the era, Monroe paid a 'clipping service' to scour national and international publications that wrote about her; lot includes approximately 45 clippings along with Marilyn's personal copy of McCall's magazine dated April 1960.
Various Sizes
PROVENANCE: From the Archives of Marilyn Monroes Personal Property
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Sold: -

A collection of global press articles and newspaper clippings from various years all related to our gal; the articles feature headlines and stories about the star's personal life and career, and many are circled or annotated in colored wax pencil or pen; like most stars of the era, Monroe paid a 'clipping service' to scour national and international publications that wrote about her; lot includes approximately 45 clippings along with Marilyn's personal copy of The American Weekly magazine from May 10, 1959.
Various Sizes
PROVENANCE: From the Archives of Marilyn Monroes Personal Property
Estimate: $300 - $500 / Sold: -

A collection of global press articles and newspaper clippings from various years all related to our gal; the articles feature headlines and stories about the star's personal life and career, and many are circled or annotated in colored wax pencil or pen; like most stars of the era, Monroe paid a 'clipping service' to scour national and international publications that wrote about her; lot includes approximately 65 clippings, along with Marilyn's own copy of a McCall's magazine dated May 1953 which has a handwritten message to her penned in blue ballpoint ink on the cover reading "Pg 28 - The story I told you about."
Various Sizes
PROVENANCE: From the Archives of Marilyn Monroes Personal Property

Estimate: $300 - $500 / Sold: -

Merchandising & Hommages / Tributes

A portfolio of 10 Sunday B. Morning prints of Andy Warhol's art featuring Marilyn Monroe. The verso of each print features an embossed stamp certifying that it was published by Morning.
Accompanied by 10 Certificates of Authenticities from Sunday B. Morning.
36.25 x 36.25 inches (each)

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 / Sold: -
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An uncut arcade card sheet of Marilyn Monroe, Charlotte Austin, Debra Paget, Midge Ware, and other models from the 1930's-1950's.
22.75 x 28.75 inches

Estimate: $500 - $700 / Sold: -
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A 1987 poster print of Marilyn Monroe taken by photographer Douglas Kirkland in 1961. The poster is rolled.
28 x 20 inches

Estimate: $100 - $200 / Sold:

A 1986 poster print of Marilyn Monroe taken by photographer Douglas Kirkland in 1961. The poster is rolled.
23 x 35 inches

Estimate: $100 - $200 / Sold:

A group of 22; all oversized with a spiral-bound top margin; one is from 1990; eight are from 1991; 13 are from 1992; these old calendars with their high-gloss images are great for art projects like decoupage!
The 1991 and 1992 calendars feature images of the star that were shot by Ed Feingersh in New York City for an article that appeared in the July 1955 issue of Redbook magazine. These images were then lost for 33 years until they were rediscovered in 1988, making the cover story of the February 1988 issue of L.A. Style under the tagline: "Marilyn: Lost Images." There was also a 1988 exhibit of these images at the G. Ray Hawkins gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
16 x 12 inches
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

Lot 1023: 1990-2006 UNUSED WALL CALENDARS
A group of 17; ranging in date from 1990 to 2006, most still sealed, issued by various companies throughout the decades, featuring a range of, of course, stunning images of the star; these old calendars are good for art projects like decoupage - that's what I use them for, anyway.
Largest, 12 x 12 inches
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

Lot 1024: 1990S "PRINT PORTFOLIOS"
A group of three; the first issued by Pyramid Books is titled "Marilyn Monroe: The Classic Poster Book" and features 5 separate color images of the star (the 'blue Capri pants' image is now missing); the second issued by Pomegranate Publications in 1990 is titled "Marilyn Monroe: Print Portfolio" and features 8 separate color images of the star (these are actually very pretty 'colorized' ones); the third issued by Classico San Francisco, Inc. is titled "Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw" and features 6 separate color images of the star all shot by her good friend, Sam Shaw.
Largest, 17 x 12 inches
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -
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A set of two both featuring beautiful images of the star from different stages of her career; one is for "Lustre-Creme Shampoo" with a vivid blue background, handwritten production information is penned in black felt-tip ink in the lower left corner; one is for "Tru-Glo Liquid Make-Up" with a tomato red background, text in the lower left corner reads "TM & © 1994 The Estate of Marilyn Monroe."
12 x 16 inchess
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

A group of eight pieces all featuring images of Marilyn on them including: 1) a still-sealed tabletop standee with no year indicated; 2) a still-sealed pack of gift wrap paper from 1988; 3) a pack of Hallmark invitations from 1984; 4) another identical pack of invitations from 1984; 5) a checkbook cover from 1988; 6) a different checkbook cover from 1988; 7) a checkbook cover with no year indicated; and 8) a lapel button with no year indicated.
Largest, 19.5 x 7 inches.

Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

Lot 1027: 1990S T-SHIRTS
A group of seven; all cotton, still new and never worn; including two identical 'men's cut' pink ones, size L; one 'women's cut' pink one, size L; two identical 'men's cut' black ones, size L; one 'women's cut' black one, size L; and one 'women's cut' black one, size S.
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

A group of 18 identical posters all featuring a stunning black and white image of our gal with her red facsimile signature below and additional text noting in part that "The Estate of Marilyn Monroe" and the "Estate of Lee Strasberg" released these in 1992; also, a teeny tiny image of a self-portrait MM did randomly appears in the lower right corner - weird.
14 x 10.5 inches 

Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

A group of two items that were officially released to commemorate the 32-cent stamp of the star that the United States Postal Service issued in 1995 including: an enlarged version of the stamp printed on tin, and a weighty pewter belt buckle; both note the date of "1995" and that they're sanctioned by the "United States Postal Service" and "The Estate of Marilyn Monroe."
Largest, 16.5 x 10.5 inches

Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -
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A group of three items that were officially released to commemorate the 32-cent stamp of the star that the United States Postal Service issued in 1995 including: an enlarged version of the stamp printed on tin, a weighty pewter belt buckle, and a ceramic mug; all note the date of "1995" and that they're sanctioned by the "United States Postal Service" and "The Estate of Marilyn Monroe."
Largest, 16.5 x 10.5 inches 

Estimate: $50 - $75 / Sold: -
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A brass wall hanging with a raised image depicting a larger version of the 32-cent stamp the United States Postal Service issued of Marilyn Monroe in 1995; back has a sticker reading in part "The Estate of Marilyn Monroe / and United States Postal Service."
12 x 8 x .5 inches 

Estimate: $50 - $100 / Sold: -
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A piece made of ceramic; depicting an alluring color image of the star shot by Milton H. Greene with her facsimile signature printed on the lower right side; verso displays the date of "1998" plus other relevant information; included with a COA noting this is a "limited edition" titled "Satin and Lace."
Diameter, 8 inches 

Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -
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A group of four white wine glasses; featuring two different black and white images of the star on the front, all with black-painted stems; included with two COAs noting these are called "Blonde Perfection" and that they're from a "Limited Edition" of the "Marilyn Monroe Signature Wine Glass Collection." 
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

A piece made of hard resin with the star's facsimile signature on the bottom front; featuring a tiny 3D Marilyn inside a glass dome. She wears a costume from Some Like It Hot (Ashton Productions, 1959). A button on the bottom activates a recording of her singing "I Wanna Be Loved By You.". 
Estimate: $25 - $50 / Sold: -

A December 1953 "Volume I, Number I" issue of Playboy magazine featuring a black and white image of Marilyn Monroe on the cover as well as a three-page spread depicting her nude on pages 17-19, signed in black marker on the cover by magazine founder Hugh Hefner.
Accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from JSA. 

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000 / Sold: -

Dafoe wore the gown in a 2016 Snickers brand Super Bowl commercial, in which he plays a hungry version of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Seven Year Itch filming the subway grate scene. William Travilla designed the original white halter dress with sunburst pleated skirt that Monroe wore. 
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 / Sold: -

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24 mai 2022

01/06/2022, Julien's: "Marilyn Monroe 96th Birthday Celebration" Online Auction

2022-06-01-JULIENS-MM_96th_Birthday_Celebration-Online_Only_Auction Vente aux enchères 'Marilyn Monroe 96th Birthday Celebration' jusqu'au 01er juin 2022 par JULIEN'S AUCTION uniquement en ligne sur le site de Julien's.

Auction 'Marilyn Monroe 96th Birthday Celebration' until June 01, 2022 by JULIEN'S AUCTION only online on Julien's website.

La vente aux enchères est consacrée entièrement à Marilyn Monroe, à l'occasion du 96ème anniversaire de sa naissance (au 01er juin) et présente 190 lots: essentiellement des photographies, et du merchandising (magazines, livres, sacs, disques, poupées...); les lots avec leur description sont en consultation libre sur
Pas de catalogue disponible - affiche de présentation ci-contre.

The auction is dedicated entirely to Marilyn Monroe, on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of her birth (June 01) and presents 190 lots: mainly photographs, and merchandising (magazines, books, bags, discs, dolls...); the lots with their description are available for free consultation on
No catalog available - presentation poster opposite.

Documents papiers

estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
A scrapbook filled with a handful of newspaper clippings that relate to Marilyn's onetime gofer, Peter Leonardi, who was hired by her company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., to assistant her while in NYC; the cover has a title hand-painted in white lettering which reads "Marilyn / & / Peter," and inside are about 15 articles from various publications, dated from 1955 to 1957, that Leonardi saved, outlining his short association with the star which ended on a bad note.
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estimate: US $ 400 - 600 / starting: $25
A single sheet from Luria's Wine & Spirits shop on Madison Avenue in New York City, undated but circa 1956, listing the star's "2 Sutton Place South / N.Y.C. 8E" address and the booze she ordered, including some Courvoisier VSOP.


Lots 01-09 + 11 + 49 + 50 : PHOTOS BY ANDRE DE DIENES
estimate: US $ 50 - 100 - 200 - 300 / starting: $25
Lot 01-09: Black and White photos by Andre De Dienes

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Lot 11: 1992 Print signed by Shirley De Dienes
Lot 49: 1970 Print of Marilyn in Hotel Bel-Air
Lot 50: 1970 Print depicting Marilyn in the cosmos

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estimate: US $ 200 - 300 / starting: $25
1987 print photo with handwritten annotation on verso "...Jeane Dougherty (Marilyn...) / was taken by me on March 18... / Joseph Jasgur"

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Lots 43-46 + 51-53 + 61: PHOTOS BY FRANK WORTH
estimate: US $ 100 - 200 - 300 - 500 / starting: $25
Lot 43: 1952 Marilyn with Ralph Edwards

Lots 44 + 45:
1952 Cheesecake Marilyn
Lot 46
: 2000s print of 1952 Ray Anthony party

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Lot 51:  Limited Edition Photo 1953 by FRANK WORTH

Lot 52:  Limited Edition Photo 1953 by FRANK WORTH 
Lot 61: Color limited edition photo by FRANK WORTH

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Lots 65 + 66: Limited Edition Print "BLACK SITTING" by MILTON H. GREENE
estimate: US $ 400 - 600 / starting: $25
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / $ 100 - 200  / starting: $25
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estimate: US $ 100 - 200 / $ 200 - 300  / starting: $25
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estimate: US $ 100 - 200 / starting: $25
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estimate: US $ 100 - 200 / starting: $25
Lot 111: 1970S print by CARL PERUTZ
"The Hat Sitting" shot by noted Magnum photographer, Carl Perutz, in New York on June 16, 1958

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Lots 40-41 + 54 + 57 + 175 : PHOTOS PUBLIC MARILYN
estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 50 - 100 / starting: $25
Lot 40: June 26,1952, Marilyn in court
Lot 41:
1952 Ray Anthony party

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Lot 54
: Korea, 1954, Fébruary

Lot 57: MM with Jerry Giesler (announce divorce from Joe DiMaggio in October, 1954)
Lot 175: A group of four 2000s era later prints with a glossy finish

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Lots 14-17 + 47 + 70 + 83-84 + 190: PHOTOS MARILYN'S FILMS
estimate: US $ 100 - 200 - 300 / starting: $25

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Lots 83-84: PHOTOGRAPHS "Something's Got to Give"
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25


estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
Lot 12: "GLAMOROUS MODELS" December 1949

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Lots 18-20 + 22-23 + 37-38 + 48 + 55 + 63 + 67: MARILYN MONROE 1950S MAGAZINES
estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
Lot 18: 3 "FOCUS" September 1952, January 1955, and November 1955.
Lot 19: 4 MINI MAGAZINES Behind the Scene (July 1955); Picture Week (February 1955); Sensation (January 1954); and Show (March 1953).
Lot 20: 2 "PICTUREGOER" August 9, 1952 and November 17, 1956.

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Lot 22: 2 "TEMPO" March 18, 1954 and November 1, 1955
Lot 23: 3 "VUE" August 1952, January 1955, and August 1955.
Lot 37: 1952 MAGAZINES x 5: Movie Pix (October); Movieland (July); Screen Fan (December); Screenland (August); Sir! (December).

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Lot 38: 1952 "PEOPLE TODAY" (June 18 and December 3)
Lot 48: 1953 MAGAZINES x8: Cheesecake (circa January); Esquire (July); Motion Picture and Television Magazine (November); Movie Stars Parade (October); Movies (Februrary); New Liberty (March); Redbook (March); See (November).
Lot 55: 1954 MAGAZINES x5: Art Photography (October); Collier’s (July); Movie Time (November); Movieland (November); Movies (June).

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Lot 58: 1955 mini magazine 65 pages dedicated to  Marilyn: "THE MARILYN MONROE STORY"

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Lot 63: 4 MAGAZINES 1956: Collier’s (August); Modern Man (June); Rave (August); The Saturday Evening Post (May).

Lot 67: 1957 august True Strange Incredible Weird and Factual cover + article 7 pages
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
Lot 24: 4 "CONFIDENTIAL" September 1955; November 1956; May 1957; November 1960.
Lot 25: 3 "COSMOPOLITIAN" May 1953, October 1956, and December 1960.
Lot 26: FOREIGN 6 MAGAZINES: Billed Bladet (May 1953, Danish); Billed Bladet (November 1952, Danish); Buenhogar (September 1969, Spanish); Ecran (1957, Spanish); Stern (December 1960, German); Vea y Lea (September 1960, Spanish).

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Lot 27: 4 "INSIDE STORY": October 1956; April 1958; May 1959; and July 1960.
Lot 28: 3 mags: Behind the Scene (July 1957); Behind the Scene (November 1957); Jerry Giesler's Hollywood (1962).
Lot 29: 4 mags not on cover: Cover Girls Models (March 1953); Movieland and TV Time (October 1960); Photoplay (October 1953); Photoplay (January 1955).

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Lot 30: 4 mini magazines: Films in Review (October 1962); Ladies Home Companion (January 1965); Picture Scope (May 1955); Why (June 1953)
Lot 31 : 7 "MODERN SCREEN" : October 1953; March 1954; September 1954; October 1955; November 1956; December 1960; and November 1963

Lot 32: 6 "THE NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE": February 1955; March 1956; November 1956; October 1960; May 1961; and October 1962
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
Lot 79: 1962-1963 with 4 POSTHUMOUS MAGAZINES: Marilyn (1962); Marilyn's Life Story (1962); Parade (March 1963); Photoplay (June 1963).
Lot 109: "AVANT-GARDE" , n°2, 03/1968 cover + 13 pages

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
Lot 112:  3 mags: Ladies Home Journal (07/1973); Photoplay (09/1975); Screen Greats Series: Marilyn (1971).


estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
Lot 107: "LIFE" MAGAZINES from August 7, 1964 and September 8, 1972.
Lot 116:  1970S-1990S NEWSMAGAZINES 3: 1/Time (July 1973); Newsweek (October 1972), and Newsweek (March 1999).

Lot 117: 1970s-2000s FRENCH MAGAZINES 11 titles: Elle (July 1956); Elle (April 1988); Jours de France (November 1960); Lectures d’Aujourd’hui (May 1958); Marie-Claire (January 1965); Nous Deux (July 2001); Paris Match (February 1959); Paris Match (July 1953); Paris Match (July 1956); Photo (November 1974); and Tele Programme Magazine (October 1957).
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
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each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
lot 186 - 12 magazines of 1980s: After Dark (September 1981); The Faces of Marilyn (Circa 1985); Marilyn: The Complete Story (Circa 1982); The Movie (1980); The Newsday Magazine (August 1982); New York Sunday News Magazine (August 1982); Nostalgia World (1983); The Photo (1982); Sunday (1982); Sunday Express Magazine (December 1983); Today's Photographer (1982); and Unsolved (1984).
lot 187 - 10 magazines of 1990s: American Movie Classics (December 1990); American Photo (March/April 1995); The Australian Magazine (November 1991); The Australian Women's Weekly (April 1993); Entertainment Weekly (August 1992); Palm Springs Life (June 1993); The Sharper Image Catalog (June 1992); Sunday Express Magazine (July 1992); Sunday News of the World Magazine (May 1991); and Woman's World (December 1991).
lot 188 - 9 magazines of 1980s: American Heritage (February 1989); Bombshells (1989); Hollywood Studio Magazine Then and Now (August 1987); Hollywood Studio Magazine Then and Now (August 1989); Idols (September 1988); Idols (April 1989); People (October 1985); Picture Week (October 1985); and You Magazine (July 1987).
lot 189 - 7 magazines of 1990s: Cineaction Performance (July 1997); Collecting (December 1997); Harpers (October 1999); People (August 1999); Saturday Night (September 1996); Worth (October 1997); and You (April 1995).

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Lots 176 + 179 + 181: MARILYN MONROE 2000S MAGAZINES
estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 50-100 / starting: $25
Lot 176: 2 magazines: The Sunday Times Magazine (July 2002); and Where New York (September 2000).
Lot 179: 2 issues 2001 (12-18 May) "Tv Guide"

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Lot 181: 2007 Limited Edition German "Fotographie" signed by "Bert Stern / 2011"  
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Lot 34: 1950S-1990S PRESS CLIPPINGS
each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25

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Lots 21 + 59 + 64 : MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1950s
each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 50 - 100 / starting: $25
Lot 21 : 2 rare danish books: 1/"An American Success Story of Marilyn Monroe [En Amerikansk Sukces Historien Om Marilyn Monroe]," by Kai Berg Madsen, published by Illustrations Forlaget circa 1953, 32 pages; 2/ "Marilyn Monroe" by Mogens Fønss, published by Samlerens Forlag in 1958, 56 pages

Lot 59: 1955 rare 2 books: 1/"The Seven Year Itch," published by Bantam Books in 1955, by George Axelrod; 2/ "Marilyn Monroe as The Girl," published by Ballantine Books in 1955, by Sam Shaw

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Lot 64: 1956 small book 96 pages "BUS STOP"
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Lots 75 + 77 + 78 + 106 : MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1960s
each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 50 - 100 / starting: $25
Lot 75: 1961 book 223 pages "THE MISFITS" BY ARTHUR MILLER

Lot 77: 1962 automn, rare book "EROS" FEATURING IMAGES BY BERT STERN"

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Lots 71 + 72: MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1960S-2000S
estimate: US $ 50 - 100 / starting: $25
Lot 71: 1960S-1970S 4 books: 1) "Marilyn: An Untold Story," 1973, by Norman Rosten; 2) "Marilyn: The Last Months," 1975, by Eunice Murray with Rose Shade; 3) "Who Killed Marilyn and Did the Kennedys Know?," 1976, by Tony Sciacca; and 4) "The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe," 1968, by James A. Hudson
Lot 72
: 1960S-1970S books 4 biographies: 1) "Conversations with Marilyn," 1976, by W.J. Weatherby; 2) "Marilyn Monroe: A Composite View," 1969, by Edward Wagenknecht; 3) "My Story," 1974, by Marilyn Monroe; and 4) "The Pictorial Tresury of Film Stars: Marilyn Monroe," 1973, by Joan Mellen.

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Lots 73 + 74: MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1960S-2000S
estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 200 -300 / starting: $25
Lot 73: 38 fantasists books: 1) Africa and the Marriage of Walt Whitman and Marilyn Monroe; 2) All the Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader; 3) Anyone Can See I Love You; 4) Bogart '48; 5) Collins English Library: Marilyn Monroe; 6) The Films of Marilyn Monroe; 7) Goddess; 8) The Immortal Marilyn: The Depiction of an Icon; 9) Impossibly Blonde; 10) Inside Marilyn Monroe; 11) Marilyn & Joe DiMaggio; 12) The Marilyn Conspiracy; 13) The Marilyn Diaries; 14) The Marilyn Files (signed by author/fantasist Robert F. Slatzer); 15) Marilyn Lives!; 16) Marilyn Monroe Alive in 1984?; 17) Marilyn Monroe and Other Poems; 18) Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood; 19) Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words; 20) Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words (2nd copy); 21) Marilyn Monroe: Murder by Consent; 22) Marilyn Monroe: Murder Cover-Up; 23) Marilyn Monroe: Norma Jeane's Dream; 24) Marilyn Monroe: Photographs 1945-1962; 25) Marilyn Monroe: The Biography; 26) Marilyn Monroe: The FBI Files; 27) Marilyn, Norma Jean and Me; 28) Marilyn: The Last Take; 29) The Mmm Girl; 30) Mondo Marilyn: An Anthology of Fiction and Poetry; 31) Movie Icons: Monroe; 32) The Murder of Marilyn Monroe; 33) My Sex is Ice Cream: The Marilyn Monroe Poems; 34) Pocket Biographies: Marilyn Monroe; 35) The Pocket Essential: Marilyn Monroe; 36) Skouras: King of Fox Studios; 37) Some Like It Hot: Original Movie Script; 38) UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe
Lot 74: 9 medium sized book: 1) Blonde Heat: The Sizzling Screen Career of Marilyn Monroe, 2001, by Richard Buskin; 2) The Films of Marilyn Monroe, 1964, by Michael Conway and Mark Ricci; (dust jacket missing) 3) Forever Marilyn, 1992, by Marie Cahill; 4) The Marilyn Encyclopedia, 1999, by Adam Victor; 5) Marilyn in Her Own Words, 1991, by Neil Grant; 6) Marilyn Monroe: A Never-Ending Dream, 1983, by Guus Luijters; 7) Marilyn on Location, 1989, by Bart Mills; 8) Marilyn, 1989, by Neil Sinyard; 9) The Screen Greats: Marilyn Monroe, 1982, Tom Hutchinson.

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Lots 113 + 115 + 118 + 120 & 123-124: MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1970s-2000s
each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 50 - 100 / starting: $25
Lot 113: 1970S-1980S BOOKS BY HER FRIENDS: 1/"The Joy of Marilyn," 1979, by Sam Shaw; 2/ "Marilyn Among Friends," 1988, by Sam Shaw and Norman Rosten.
Lot 115: 1970S-1990S BY PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY DID NOT KNOW HER BUT CLAIMED TO HAVE KNOWN HER: 1) "Diary of a Lover of Marilyn Monroe," 1977, by Hans Jørgen Lembourn; 2) "I Remember Marilyn," 1995, by Peter Collins; 3) "Norma Jean: My Secret Life with Marilyn Monroe;" 1989, by Ted Jordan (signed by him); and 4) "The Prince, The Showgirl and Me: Six Months on the Set with Marilyn and Olivier," 1995, by Colin Clark

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Lot 118: 1970S-2000S SMALLISH 12 BOOKS:  1) Marilyn; 2) Marilyn Monroe; 3) Marilyn Monroe; 4) Marilyn Monroe: Book of 30 Postcards; 5) Marilyn Monroe: Hometown Girl; 6) Marilyn Monroe: Quotes/Trivia; 7) Marilyn Monroe: The Sad, Tragic Story of the Sweater Girl Who Had Everything Except Happiness; 8) Marilyn: A Postcard Book; 9) Marilyn's Addresses; 10) Mysterious Deaths: Marilyn Monroe; 11) The Some Like it Hot Cookbook; and 12) They Died Too Young: Marilyn Monroe.
Lot 120
: 1973 & 1990 PAPERBACK BOOKLETS: 1/"Marilyn Monroe: Her Own Story" by George Carpozi, Jr., 112 pages 1973; 2/"Marilyn Monroe: In Her Own Words" by Guus Luijters, 128 pages, 1990 
Lot 121
: 1973 book of 271 pages "MARILYN" BY NORMAN MAILER

Lot 123:
Books by people who knew and/or met her; 1/ "Marilyn Monroe Confidential," 1979, by Lena Pepitone and Willaim Stadiem [Pepitone was MM's NYC maid]; 2/ "Legend: The Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe," 1984, by Fred Lawrence Guiles [he met her once or twice].
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Lot 124: 1980 Book "Of Women and their elegance" by Norman Mailer and Milton H Greene
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 100 - 200 / starting: $25
Lot 33: 1950S-1961 rare 5 books: 1) "Bus Stop," published by Bantam Books in 1956, by William Inge; 2) "Marilyn Monroe: Her Own Story," published by Belmont Books in 1961, by George Carpozi, Jr.; 3) "The Prince and the Show Girl," published by Signet Books in 1957, by Terence Rattigan; 4) "Some Like It Hot," published by Signet Books in 1959, by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond; and 5) "Let's Make Love," published by Bantam Books in 1960, by Matthew Andrews.
Lot 129: 1980S OVERSIZED COLLECTIBLE 'POSTER BOOKS' 1986 and in 1989; both feature 20 "tear out posters" along with text.
Lot 130: 1980S RARE JAPANESE PAPERBACK BOOKS : 1/ book of 144 pages "Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciate" by Eve Arnold, 1987; 2/ book of 235 pages "Marilyn," unknown author circa 1985

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Lot 131: 1980S-1990S BOOKS BY PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO ACTUALLY KNEW HER:  1) Bernard of Hollywood's Marilyn, 1993, by Susan Bernard; 2) Falling for Marilyn: The Lost Niagara Collection, 1996, by Jock Carroll; 3) Finding Marilyn: A Romance by David Conover, the Photographer Who Discovered Marilyn Monroe, 1981, by David Conover; 4) The Last Sitting, 1982, by Bert Stern; and 5) Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation, 1987, by Eve Arnold
Lot 132: 1980S-2000S LARGE SIZED BIOGRAPHIES/BOOKS:  1) Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe: The Final Word, 1993, by Adela Gregory (signed by her) and Milo Speriglio; 2) Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, 1985, by Anthony Summers; 3) The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe, 1998, by Donald H. Wolfe; 4) Marilyn Revealed, 2009, by Ted Schwarz; 5) The Marilyn Scandal, 1987, by Sandra Shevey; 6) Marilyn: The Last Take, 1992, by Peter Harry Brown and Patte B. Barham (signed by both); and 7) The Men Who Murdered Marilyn, 1996, by Matthew Smith
Lot 133: 1980S-2000S 'LARGE SIZED' BOOKS:  1) The Films of Marilyn Monroe, 1992, by Richard Buskin (signed by him); 2) Marilyn, 1993, by Kathy Rooks-Denes; 3) The Marilyn Album, 1991, by Nicki Giles; 4) Marilyn: A Hollywood Life, 1989, by Ann Lloyd; 5) Marilyn at Twentieth Century Fox, 1987, by Lawrence Crown; 6) Marilyn: Her Life & Legend, 1990, by Susan Doll; 7) Marilyn Monroe, 1983, by Janice Anderson; 8) Marilyn Monroe: A Life in Pictures, 2007, by Anne Verlhac and David Thomson; and 9) Marilyn Monroe: Photographs Selected from the Files of the United Press International/Bettmann, 1990, by Roger Baker.
Lot 134: 1980S-2000S 'MEDIUM SIZED' BIOGRAPHIES/BOOKS:  1) Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe, 2010, by Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment; 2) Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed, 2007, by Michelle Morgan; 3) Marilyn on Marilyn, 1983, by Roger Taylor; 4) MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe, 2011, by Lois Banner (signed by her); 5) The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, 2009, by J. Randy Taraborrelli; and 6) The Unabridged Marilyn: Her Life from A to Z, 1987, by Randall Riese and Neal Hitchens
Lot 135: 1980S-2000S 'NOVELS/WORKS OF FICTION' BOOKS: 1) Atomic Candy; 2) Candle in the Wind; 3) Demon; 4) Dying to Be Marilyn; 5) The Elvis and Marilyn Affair; 6) I, JFK; 7) The Immortals; 8) Lovesick; 9) Marilyn: Shades of Blonde; 10) The Marilyn Tapes; 11) Marilyn's Daughter; 12) MMII: The Return of Marilyn Monroe; 13) Moviola; 14) Queen of Desire; 15) The Secret Letters of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy; 16) The Symbol; and 17) Who Killed Marilyn Monroe?
Lot 136: 1980S-2000S 'SMALL SIZED' BIOGRAPHIES/BOOKS: 1) American Monroe: The Making of a Body Politic, 1995, by S. Paige Baty (no dust jacket); 2) Joe & Marilyn: A Memory of Love, 1986, by Roger Kahn; 3) Marilyn Monroe, 1987, by Graham McCann; 4) Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress, 1986, by Carl E. Rollyson, Jr.; 5) My Story: Marilyn Monroe, 2000, by Andrea Dworkin; and 6) Why Norma Jean Killed Marilyn Monroe, 1992, by Lucy Freeman.

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Lots 137 - 149: MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1980s-1990s
estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 100- 200 / starting: $25
lot 137: 1982 book "MONROE: HER LIFE IN PICTURES" signed by James Spada and Douglas Kirkland
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lot 138: 1982 french book 143 pages "MARILYN CHÉRIE" by Michael Del Mar
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lot 139: 1984 book "MARILYN IN ART" by Roger G Taylor
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lot 140: 1984 book "MARILYN MONROE" by Janice Anderson
lots 141 + 143: 1986 book 155 pages "MARILYN MON AMOUR" by Andre De Dienes
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lot 142: 1986 book "MARILYN: NORMA JEANE" signed by Gloria Steinem and George Barris
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lot 144: 1989 book "MARILYN MONROE AND THE CAMERA" by Lothar Schirmer
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lot 145: 1991 book "MARILYN: THE ULTIMATE LOOK AT THE LEGEND" signed by James Haspiel
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lot 147: 1991 graphic novel "SON OF CELLULOID" signed by Clive Barker
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lot 148: 1992 book 282 pages "MARILYN AND ME: SISTERS, RIVALS, FRIENDS" by Susan Strasberg
lot 149: 1992 massive book "BERT STERN MARILYN MONROE: THE COMPLETE LAST SITTING 2571 PHOTOGRAPHS" signed by Bert Stern

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 Lots 151 + 154 - 156 + lot 158: MARILYN MONROE BOOKS 1990s
each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / 50 - 100 / starting: $25

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lot 155: 1994 book "MY SISTER MARILYN" SIGNED BY BERNIECE BAKER MIRACLE AND MONA RAE MIRACLE  signed "To Scot" by "Berniece" [MM's half-sister] and "Mona Rae" [MM's half-niece]

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lot 156: 1995 book "MARILYN: HER LIFE IN HER OWN WORDS" signed by George Barris
lot 158: 1996 limited edition book "MARILYN BY MOONLIGHT" signed by Jack Allen and Greg Schreiner

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
34 pages of black and white photographs of the star and text written by local Canadian man George Bailey about the time when Marilyn came to Niagara Falls to make her 1953 20th Century Fox film.

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25

estimate: US $ 50 - 100 / starting: $25 
book signed in black felt-tip ink on the title page "Douglas Kirkland."

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 Catalogues / Brochures

estimate: US $ 25 - 50 starting: $25
24 page pamphlet feat. works from a show related to the star created by artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Salvador Dalí, Robert Indiana, Willem de Kooning... (exhibit took place from December 6-30, 1967 and benefitted The Association for Mentally Ill Children in Manhattan, Inc.)

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 starting: $25
2 pieces; 1/ a pamphlet "Hojas de Crítica" [Criticism Sheets], published by the Universidad de Mexico in April 1969; 2/ zine "Some Like It Hot," printed by the Marilyn Forever Worldwide Fan Club in February 1988.


estimate: US $ 25 - 50 starting: $25
18,000 units of memorabilia at one exhibit in just 6 days in 1972

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 starting: $25
 18-page pamphlet featuring George Barris and Bert Stern photographs (Edward Weston Galleries)

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
21 page booklet from the event designed by Rick Carl of the Marilyn Remembered fan club (with b&w photos of the star + the attendees of the event like Mamie Van Doren, Tom Ewell, Maurice Zolotow, Bebe Goddard, Evelyn Moriarty, Greg Schreiner [MR president] and T.R. Fogli [renowed MM memorabilia collector])

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each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 - 100 / starting: $25
lot 166: BIDDER PADDLE being number 606
lot 168: CATALOGUE
lot 169: 4 TICKETS
lot 170: 4 UNUSED LOT TAGS
lot 171: COLOR TRANSPARENCY OF THE 1962 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT' DRESS used for various marketing and publicity purposes
lot 172: SUPER RARE MARKETING BOOK with 7 pages of photos + text (information about "The Tour" of some lots in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Buenos Aires, Singapore, and Tokyo)

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25 
A small spiral-bound pamphlet depicting 15 lots that Berniece and Mona Miracle [MM's half-sister and half-niece] consigned to the venerable New York auction house for an online sale that took place from February 8th to March 1st, 2001.

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
10 page color pamphlet showing numerous shots of the star's last home at 12305 5th Helena Drive in Brentwood, California when it was on the market in 2017; because this was Marilyn's infamous last home where she tragically died, only those who pre-qualified to buy a $6.9 million property were allowed inside to view it, including the current owner who has consigned it here.

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Musique + Disques

estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
A pamphlet of sheet music for the song written about the star by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl, featuring a purplish-colored duo-tone image of the star on the cover next to band leader Ray Anthony who recorded the song, text on the left side reads in part "Inspired by / Marilyn Monroe / ...Currently Starring / Niagara," copyright date noted on inside front cover reads "1952."

Lot 114: 1970S-1980S RECORD ALBUMS
estimate: US$ 50 - 100 / starting: $25
2 LPs: 1/"Marilyn Monroe Legends" in 1976; 2/ "L'intramontabile Mito di Marilyn" [The Timeless Myth of Marilyn] in 1983; + a 'picture disc' 45 record of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend/Lazy" in 1987.


Lot 1191972 RARE RECORD ALBUM "REMEMBERING MARILYN" made to accompany the 1973 photo exhibit "Marilyn Monroe: The Legend & The Truth" - LP with 10-page booklet
estimate: US$ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
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estimate: US$ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
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Merchandising divers

estimate: US $ 50 - 100  / starting: $25
A set of two decks of playing cards featuring Marilyn's famous 'nude calendar' poses, 'Golden Dreams' and 'A New Wrinkle

estimate: US $ 200 - 300  / starting: $25
1954 calendar with Marilyn in the 'Golden Dreams' pose + 2 salesman sample prints also featuring the 'Golden Dreams' pose, though one has the black lace overlay and titled "The Lure of Lace."
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estimate: US $ 25 - 50  / starting: $25
Lot 13: 1991 'NUDE CALENDAR' COLOR POSTER BY TOM KELLEY (famous pose called 'A New Wrinkle' shot in 1949)
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estimate: US $ 50 - 100  / starting: $25

estimate: US $ 25  / starting: $25
A plaster statuette depicting the 1930s-era star painted in shades of gray and bronze; back is signed "S.L." and further stamped "S.O.L. 93;" the young Norma Jeane likely would have been aware of and/or influenced by this beautiful Hollywood blonde who looks particularly Harlowesque in this work.

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25 

estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
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each lot: estimate: US $ 25 - 50 - 100 / starting: $25
lot 159: 1997 doll in her costumes as "Vicky Parker" in the 1954 film "THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS" (label "Ms. Anna Strasberg") + photograph
lot 161: 1998 doll in her costumes as  "Miss Casswell" from the 1950 film "ALL ABOUT EVE"  (label "Ms. Anna Strasberg") + photograph
lot 162: 1998 doll in her costumes as "Cherie" from the 1956 film "BUS STOP"  (label "Ms. Anna Strasberg") + photograph
lot 163: 1998 doll in her famous gold lam pleated evening gown which is based on  photograph shot by Ed Clark
lot 164: 1998 doll in her  black velvet evening gownwhich is based on  photograph shot by Frank Powolny

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estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25
2 purses owned by Ana Nicole Smith who was famously a huge Marilyn Monroe fan; both are made of fabric and pleather with added rhinestone and/or faux feather details.


estimate: US $ 25 - 50 / starting: $25 

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23 mai 2022

24/05/2022, Bonhams, Classic Hollywood

Vente aux enchères 'Classic Hollywood' du 24 mai 2022 en ligne sur le site de Bonhams , de Los Angeles aux Etats-Unis.
'Classic Hollywood' Auction on May, 24, 2022 online on Bonhams website, from Los Angeles, USA.

La vente aux enchères est consacrée au cinéma, avec 3 lots concernant Marilyn Monroe; les lots avec leur description sont en consultation libre sur
Pas de catalogue disponible

The auction is devoted to cinema, with 3 lots concerning Marilyn Monroe; the lots with their description are in free consultation on
No catalog available

Lot 52: A unique and extensive unpublished collection of slides of stars of stage and screen, 1950s-1990s, Sold with Owner Copyright
Sold for US$144,015
approximately 12,000 previously unpublished color slides, the professional photographs taken by photographer Jon Verzi at various Hollywood events, chronicling the history of Hollywood from the early 1960s through the 1990s
2 slides with Marilyn Monroe:
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Lot 59: A Marilyn Monroe signed photograph to Choreographer Bob Street
Sold for US$33,135
A gelatin silver photograph of Marilyn Monroe signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint pen 'To Bob [Street], love & kisses, Marilyn Monroe'.
Marilyn Monroe was working her way to becoming a superstar of mythic proportions when Robert Street danced alongside her in her most famous musical number, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The number has since inspired everyone from Madonna to Kylie Minogue, but at the time, Street had no way of knowing it's status would become epochal. Along with the other male dancers in the number, Street was costumed as a stereotypical millionaire, clothed in a tuxedo, graying at the temples, with handfuls of diamonds to tempt the gold digger, Lorelei Lee, played by Monroe. His fellow dancer in the number, George Chakiris, recalled that Monroe was a hard worker who was focused on the number and was in constant discussion between takes with famed choreographer Jack Cole. There wasn't a lot of small talk between the star and the dancers. Nevertheless, Street managed to obtain this autographed photo of Monroe to commemorate his performance with the world's most beloved movie star in her most illustrious musical number. The following year, Street appeared as an extra in another smash hit, White Christmas (1954), and in an ironic twist he also had a small part in Valley of the Dolls (1967), a tawdry (and campy) Hollywood tale in which some of the fictional characters' lives were based on Monroe's personal experiences.
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Lot 60: An Elliott Erwitt photograph of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and the cast of The Misfits
Sold for US$1,020
Marilyn Monroe and the cast of The Misfits, Reno, Nevada, 1960 (printed later)
Prestigious lensman Elliott Erwitt was one of a group of Magnum photographers who had authorized access to the set of director John Huston's The Misfits. His most famous session of photographs, one of which is offered here, shows Huston, author Arthur Miller, producer Frank Taylor, and stars Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach playfully posing; the calm before the storm of an extremely troubling production.

Lot 142: A group of rare programs and magazines
Sold for US$318.75

- a souvenir program for The Hollywood Revue of 1929, 20 pages, with many photos and background information about the production and stars Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, and many others;
- a Fred and Adele Astaire program from their Broadway show, Smiles, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, November 18, 1930;
- a Screen Romances magazine with Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the cover, May, 1937;
a January 1937 issue of a Danish magazine, Eva Kriminal, devoted to the film, Bullets or Ballots (1936) starring Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart;
- a March 1933 issue of Shadowplay with Jean Harlow on the cover;
- a Romeo and Juliet (1936) 20 page program with many photos and background information about the production and its stars, Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard;
- a Gone With the Wind program, 20 pages, with many photos and background information about the production and its stars, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, and many others;
- and an April 1953 issue of Films in Review with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.

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06 mai 2022

Madame Figaro - 06 et 07/05/2022

2022-05-06_07-madame_figaro-france Madame Figaro
en supplément du Figaro Week-end du 06 et 07 mai 2022

pays: France
disponible les 06 et 07 mai 2022
Madame Figaro est un magazine supplément hebdomadaire du quotidien Le Figaro - l'édition du week-end paraît chaque vendredi.
En couverture: Vanessa Paradis se met dans la peau de Marilyn Monroe en rejouant "Les Désaxés" sur 10 pages

du 06 et 07 mai 2022
- Le lot journal + magazines -

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> sur le blog l'article Vanessa Paradis dans Madame Figaro

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copyright text Madame Figaro

Vanessa Paradis dans Madame Figaro - 06 et 07/05/2022

2022-05-06_07-madame_figaro-franceMadame Figaro
en supplément du Figaro Week-end du 06 et 07 mai 2022

pays: France
disponible les 06 et 07 mai 2022
Madame Figaro est un magazine supplément hebdomadaire du quotidien Le Figaro - l'édition du week-end paraît chaque vendredi.
En couverture: Vanessa Paradis se met dans la peau de Marilyn Monroe en rejouant "Les Désaxés".

> sur le blog le magazine Madame Figaro - 06 et 07/05/2022

Vanessa Paradis : «Moi, sans enfants j'aurais été quelqu'un d'autre»
> en ligne sur

La chanteuse et actrice admire Marilyn Monroe depuis toujours. Soixante ans après sa disparition, Vanessa Paradis se glisse dans la peau de son idole dans une évocation du film culte Les Désaxés, sous l'objectif d'Anton Corbijn. Avant de reprendre la tournée de sa pièce Maman, l'égérie Chanel partage avec nous sa fascination pour la star américaine.

À quoi rêvent les jeunes filles ? Sur les murs de sa chambre, à Villiers-sur-Marne, près de Paris, Vanessa Paradis épinglait des photos de Romy Schneider et de Marilyn Monroe. Pas vraiment les déesses de son époque, mais l'adolescente n'était pas comme les autres, connaissait par cœur César et Rosalie et Les hommes préfèrent les blondes, et devint une star instantanée à 14 ans en nous embarquant dans le taxi de Joe. Les rêveries autour de la blonde platine la plus célèbre du XXe siècle n'ont jamais déserté l'esprit de celle devenue une pop star adulée et une actrice vigoureuse, aussi à l'aise dans le drame que la comédie. Il nous a paru évident de lui proposer de se glisser dans la peau de son idole (au sujet de laquelle elle est incollable) à l'occasion des soixante ans de la disparition de celle qu'un seul prénom suffit à identifier, Marilyn, morte à Los Angeles le 4 août 1962, dans des circonstances jamais élucidées, surdosage de médicaments, suicide, assassinat (notre invitée penche pour la dernière hypothèse).

Vanessa Paradis a choisi Les Désaxés (The Misfits, de John Huston, 1961), film désenchanté et crépusculaire où Monroe joue avec une vérité bouleversante, crachant son mal-être dans une scène célèbre, frêle figure pâlissante perdue dans les étendues brûlées du Nevada. C'est sur le sable blanc de la forêt de Fontainebleau qu'Anton Corbijn a recréé le set de ce film maudit en noir et blanc avec une Vanessa Paradis platinée plus vraie que nature. Le photographe star et réalisateur avait croisé son chemin lorsqu'elle avait 20 ans, puis à nouveau l'an dernier quand il l'a photographiée lors de la présentation de la haute couture printemps-été de la maison Chanel, dont Vanessa Paradis est l'emblématique ambassadrice. Ils avaient très envie de se retrouver pour une occasion exceptionnelle. Moteur !

Madame Figaro . – Comment est née cette passion pour Marilyn Monroe ?
Vanessa Paradis. – Je devais avoir 5 ou 6 ans quand je suis tombée par hasard sur un livre dans la bibliothèque de mes parents, c'était une biographie, le genre de livre avec quelques photos dans les pages centrales. J'ai été comme foudroyée par la beauté hallucinante de cette femme dont j'ignorais tout. Les photos m'ont amenée aux films, puis les films aux disques. Marilyn Monroe n'est plus jamais sortie de ma tête. J'ai regardé ses films en boucle, puis, plus tard, j'ai lu chaque biographie, vu chaque documentaire. Une adoration ne s'explique pas. Il y a la beauté, la féminité, la grâce, la délicatesse et, en même temps, quelque chose de tragique qu'on ressent, qu'on pressent. Tout m'attire, tout me plaît, ses regards, ses sourires, la façon dont elle bouge. Et cette modernité incroyable pour l'époque. Il y a chez elle une chose qu'on n'avait jamais vue ailleurs : ce rapport au corps, cette liberté du corps sans jamais être vulgaire, un corps totalement affirmé, mais qui n'a pas renoncé à l'enfance non plus.

Vous souvenez-vous du premier film que vous ayez vu avec elle ?
Probablement Les hommes préfèrent les blondes, j'ai toujours aimé les comédies musicales, et le film de Howard Hawks est un rêve pour les petites filles, avec son Technicolor, ses costumes et ses chansons. J'ai aussi beaucoup vu La Rivière sans retour et Certains l'aiment chaud évidemment. Plus tard, j'ai découvert Les Désaxés et des films moins connus, comme Troublez-moi ce soir dans lequel elle est déjà une actrice extraordinaire, juste, puissante et totalement inquiétante dans le rôle d'une baby-sitter déséquilibrée. Et puis il y a la chanteuse évidemment, elle vénérait Ella Fitzgerald et ça s'entend : c'est une chanteuse de jazz divine, avec une voix de velours et un vibrato merveilleux. Quand j'écoute son Lazy, d'Irving Berlin, je suis envoûtée.

Qu'évoque pour vous la part sombre de Marilyn Monroe ?
Je pense à Fragments, un recueil d'écrits intimes publié bien après sa mort, un livre terriblement intrusif, mais qui nous éclaire sur son esprit et sa pensée. On découvre sa profondeur, sa sensibilité et sa détresse aussi, ses craintes, ses doutes, la peur de la folie. C'était une âme tourmentée qui n'a eu de cesse de progresser et de s'accomplir.

On dit que vous possédez beaucoup de choses ayant appartenu à Monroe.
Je ne suis pas collectionneuse, mais je possède quelques trucs qu'on m'a offerts. Une paire de chaussures par exemple, des escarpins blancs sublimes. Nous avons la même pointure, je les passe parfois, je fais quelques pas et je les range, car j'ai trop peur de les déformer. J'ai aussi une veste, une cape, un chapeau que je porte parfois, mais très peu souvent car ils sont inestimables à mes yeux. Une fois je suis allée rôder autour de la villa qu'elle a possédée à Brentwood et où elle est morte. J'ai mis longtemps avant de me décider à m'y rendre, et j'étais très émue de découvrir depuis l'extérieur cette hacienda modeste, sa seule maison, où elle n'a pas vécu longtemps, la pauvre chérie, quelques mois seulement.

Vous avez vécu à Hollywood, la patrie du cinéma. C'est quelque chose qui vous rapproche d'elle ?
À l'époque où j'y vivais, je menais une existence très familiale : les enfants, l'école. Il n'y avait rien de hollywoodien dans mon train de vie, j'allais très peu aux dîners, et je n'ai assisté à la cérémonie des Oscars que deux fois. C'était merveilleux de voir autant d'acteurs si connus, c'était mon rêve de cinéma américain mais pas du tout mon rêve américain, car je n'ai jamais ambitionné d'en faire partie. Peut-être parce que ça demande trop de soi, ça veut dire n'être disponible que pour ça et, probablement, tourner des films qu'on n'a pas envie de faire pour pouvoir accéder à ceux qu'on cible. Il n'y avait aucune raison pour moi de me lancer dans ce parcours du combattant. Plus jeune pourtant, après le tournage de Noces blanches, mon premier film, j'ai fait quelques castings improbables comme celui de Proposition indécente, pour le rôle de Demi Moore ! Ça n'avait absolument aucun sens, et rétrospectivement je trouve ça très bizarre. J'ai rapidement mis le holà à ce genre d'expériences, et je n'en éprouve aucun regret : je suis comblée en France.

Monroe était manipulée et, selon certains, manipulatrice. Y a-t-il une façon de bien gérer les excès de la célébrité ?
Manipulatrice, je n'aime pas ce mot ; ce qui est sûr, c'est qu'elle était une bonne communicante, mais j'ignore si cela relevait d'une stratégie. Elle était intelligente et elle savait se servir de son image. L'image, c'est une arme. Chez Marilyn, c'est aussi un appel à être regardée et aimée. Et puis, il y a un contexte, les années 1950, et un pays, l'Amérique. Les acteurs appartenaient à des studios, ils étaient coincés, l'émancipation a commencé la décennie suivante. Marilyn, elle, a démarré sa carrière à la fin des années 1940, et probablement que son corps et sa séduction lui permettaient de déstabiliser ses interlocuteurs et, d'une certaine façon, de se faire entendre et d'exister. Elle a quand même réussi à imposer quelque chose de très exceptionnel à l'époque : une liberté d'être soi, au sens large, l'affirmation d'un corps sensuel.

À vos débuts, vous-même avez été cataloguée femme-enfant…
Le contexte est vraiment différent, ce n'est pas la même époque, pas la même culture, pas les mêmes difficultés. Mais la problématique de Monroe reste une problématique d'aujourd'hui : la place des femmes dans la société et dans le travail. En ce qui me concerne, c'est vrai, à mes débuts j'ai d'abord été considérée comme une femme-enfant et une chanteuse sans vraiment de talent. On se demandait un peu ce que je faisais là. Le succès était si foudroyant qu'il était sans rapport avec ce que je pouvais proposer. Il a fallu du temps pour que je prouve qu'il y avait quelque chose de valable en moi. Marilyn Monroe, elle, n'a pas connu de son vivant la reconnaissance qu'elle méritait. C'est arrivé après. Pourtant, elle a tout fait pour progresser, elle est partie vivre à New York, elle s'est rapprochée de Lee Strasberg, elle a monté sa boîte de production, des choses absolument pas conventionnelles pour l'époque, mais on continuait à ne pas la prendre au sérieux.

Avez-vous eu à souffrir des distorsions de l'image ?
L'image, on vous la prend certes, mais on la donne aussi, on en joue. C'est un échange. Je suis de la génération du clip et des pochettes de disques, tout passait par là, c'était une façon de se présenter au monde. Au début, cela a pu être douloureux, on ne peut pas empêcher les gens de parler, de juger, d'être injustes parfois, oui, j'ai été blessée par moments, mais au bout du compte ce qui reste c'est votre travail, le cœur et l'essence de votre travail. Pour réussir à tenir, il a fallu que je m'accroche à des choses concrètes : la musique, les concerts, les films. Le reste fait partie du jeu : être aimée, ne pas être aimée. Quant à la reconnaissance, elle est primordiale, mais pas seulement dans les métiers artistiques. Tout travail mérite de l'attention et si possible de l'appréciation.

Vous aimez Marilyn Monroe et Romy Schneider, deux actrices qui, dit-on, ont été brûlées par le cinéma…
Par la vie, plutôt, même si le cinéma n'a pas dû arranger les choses. Ce sont deux femmes qui ont vécu des vies, des enfances et des amours compliquées. Et, dans le cas de Marilyn, circonstance aggravante, c'était l'époque où les acteurs étaient totalement dépendants des médicaments sans qu'on en mesure les effets désastreux sur la santé. Ce que je sais, c'est que j'ai eu des parents incroyables, qui m'ont donné de l'amour et de la confiance, qui m'ont aimée, entourée, accompagnée. Je ne dis pas qu'on ne peut pas s'en sortir sans ce préalable – on peut se choisir des familles autres que la sienne —, mais c'est beaucoup plus facile de partir dans la vie en se sentant soutenue. Être actrice, c'est terriblement déstabilisant, on vous scrute sur un écran géant, vous dépendez du désir des autres et quand on ne veut plus de vous, c'est fini…

Autre chose qui vous touche chez Marilyn ?
Dans les drames de sa vie, elle a perdu tous les enfants qu'elle a portés. Mère, elle aurait probablement vécu une autre vie. Moi, sans enfants, j'aurais été quelqu'un d 'autre. Je ne pense pas que les femmes doivent faire des enfants pour s'accomplir, mais moi j'ai toujours voulu en avoir, et ils ont façonné la femme que je suis aujourd'hui.

Comment imaginez-vous Marilyn Monroe si elle avait vécu ?
Je n'arrive pas à l'imaginer en femme mûre, encore moins en vieille dame. Elle aurait 96 ans. En 1962, au moment de sa mort, elle avait des projets, une maison de production. C'était une femme dirigée par son cœur : peut-être aurait-elle rencontré un homme qui l'aurait aimé pour ce qu'elle était ?

Vanessa Paradis est en tournée dès septembre avec la pièce Maman, de Samuel Benchetrit.

Séance photos
Photographe: Anton Corbinj
Photos des coulisses de John Nollet
Styliste: Leïla Samara
Coiffure: John Nollet
Vêtements: Chanel

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Traduction de l'article et de l'interview - in english:

Vanessa Paradis: "Me, without children, I would have been someone else"

The singer and actress has always admired Marilyn Monroe. Sixty years after her death, Vanessa Paradis slips into the skin of her idol in an evocation of the cult film The Misfits, under the lens of Anton Corbijn. Before resuming the tour of her piece Maman, the Chanel muse shares with us her fascination for the American star.

What do young girls dream of ? On the walls of her bedroom, in Villiers-sur-Marne, near Paris, Vanessa Paradis pinned photos of Romy Schneider and Marilyn Monroe. Not exactly the goddesses of her time, but the teenager was not like the others, knew César and Rosalie and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by heart, and became an instant star at 14 when we got into Joe's taxi. Daydreams about the most famous platinum blonde of the 20th century have never left the mind of the one who has become an adored pop star and a vigorous actress, equally at home in drama and comedy. It seemed obvious to us to offer her to slip into the skin of her idol (about which she is unbeatable) on the occasion of the sixty years of the disappearance of the one that a single first name is enough to identify, Marilyn, dead in Los Angeles on August 4, 1962, in circumstances never elucidated, drug overdose, suicide, assassination (our guest leans towards the last hypothesis).
Vanessa Paradis chooses The Misfits (by John Huston, 1961), a disenchanted and twilight film in which Monroe plays with a shocking truth, spitting out her ill-being in a famous scene, a frail paling figure lost in the scorched expanses of Nevada. It is on the white sand of the forest of Fontainebleau that Anton Corbijn recreated the set of this cursed film in black and white with a platinum Vanessa Paradis more real than life. The star photographer and director had crossed paths with her when she was 20, then again last year when he photographed her at the presentation of Chanel's spring-summer haute couture, of which Vanessa Paradis is the emblematic ambassador. They really wanted to meet for an exceptional occasion. Shoot !
Madame Figaro. – How was born this passion for Marilyn Monroe?
Vanessa Paradis. – I must have been 5 or 6 years old when I stumbled across a book in my parents' library, it was a biography, the kind of book with a few pictures in the middle pages. I was as if struck down by the hallucinating beauty of this woman of whom I knew nothing. Photos led me to films, then films to records. Marilyn Monroe never got out of my head again. I watched his films over and over, then later I read every biography, saw every documentary. An adoration cannot be explained. There is beauty, femininity, grace, delicacy and, at the same time, something tragic that we feel, that we sense. Everything attracts me, everything pleases me, her looks, her smiles, the way she moves. And this incredible modernity for the time. There is something about her that we had never seen elsewhere: this relationship to the body, this freedom of the body without ever being vulgar, a totally assertive body, but which has not given up on childhood either.
Do you remember the first movie you saw with her?
Probably Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I've always loved musicals, and Howard Hawks' movie is a little girl's dream, with its Technicolor, costumes and songs. I have also seen The River of No Return a lot and obviously Some like it hot. Later, I discovered The Misfits and lesser-known films, like Don't bother to knock, in which she is already an extraordinary, just, powerful and totally disturbing actress in the role of an unbalanced babysitter. And then there's the singer of course, she revered Ella Fitzgerald and you can hear it: she's a divine jazz singer, with a velvet voice and a marvelous vibrato. When I listen to her Lazy, by Irving Berlin, I am bewitched.
What does the dark side of Marilyn Monroe evoke for you?
I'm thinking of Fragments, a collection of private writings published long after his death, a terribly intrusive book, but one that sheds light on his mind and his thinking. We discover his depth, his sensitivity and his distress too, his fears, his doubts, the fear of madness. He was a tormented soul who never stopped progressing and fulfilling himself.
It is said that you have a lot of things that belonged to Monroe.
I'm not a collector, but I have a few things that were given to me. A pair of shoes for example, sublime white pumps. We have the same shoe size, I sometimes put them on, take a few steps and put them away, because I'm too afraid of deforming them. I also have a jacket, a cape, a hat that I wear sometimes, but very infrequently because they are invaluable to me. Once I went prowling around the villa she owned in Brentwood and where she died. It took me a long time to decide to go there, and I was very moved to discover from the outside this modest hacienda, her only house, where she did not live long, the poor darling, a few months only.
You lived in Hollywood, the home of cinema. Is it something that brings you closer to her?
When I lived there, I led a very family life: the children, the school. There was nothing Hollywood in my lifestyle, I went to dinner very little, and I only attended the Oscars twice. It was wonderful to see so many famous actors, it was my dream of American cinema but not at all my American dream, because I never aspired to be part of it. Perhaps because it requires too much of oneself, it means being available only for that and, probably, shooting films that you don't want to make in order to be able to reach those you are targeting. There was no reason for me to embark on this obstacle course. When I was younger, however, after shooting Noce Blanche (Baby Blue), my first film, I did some improbable castings like Indecent Proposal, for the role of Demi Moore! It made absolutely no sense, and in retrospect I find it very odd. I quickly put the kibosh on this kind of experience, and I have no regrets about it: I am fulfilled in France.
Monroe was manipulated and, according to some, manipulative. Is there a way to properly handle the excesses of fame?
Manipulative, I don't like that word; what is certain is that she was a good communicator, but I don't know if that was part of a strategy. She was smart and she knew how to use her image. The image is a weapon. Chez Marilyn is also a call to be watched and loved. And then there is a context, the 1950s, and a country, America. Actors belonged to studios, they were stuck, emancipation began the following decade. Marilyn, she started her career at the end of the 1940s, and probably her body and her seduction allowed her to destabilize her interlocutors and, in a certain way, to be heard and to exist. She still managed to impose something very exceptional at the time: a freedom to be oneself, in the broad sense, the affirmation of a sensual body.
When you started out, you yourself were cataloged as a woman-child…
The context is really different, it's not the same era, not the same culture, not the same difficulties. But Monroe's problem remains a problem today: the place of women in society and in the workplace. As far as I'm concerned, it's true, when I started out I was first considered a woman-child and a singer without really any talent. We were wondering what I was doing there. The success was so overwhelming that it had nothing to do with what I could offer. It took time for me to prove that there was something worthwhile in me. Marilyn Monroe, she did not know during her lifetime the recognition she deserved. It happened after. However, she did everything to progress, she went to live in New York, she got closer to Lee Strasberg, she set up her production company, things that were absolutely unconventional for the time, but we continued not to take it seriously.
Have you had to suffer from image distortions ?
The image, we certainly take it from you, but we also give it, we play with it. It's an exchange. I'm from the generation of music videos and record covers, everything went through that, it was a way of presenting yourself to the world. At first it might have been painful, you can't stop people from talking, judging, being unfair sometimes, yes I was hurt at times, but in the end what remains is your work, the heart and essence of your work. To succeed, I had to cling to concrete things: music, concerts, films. The rest is part of the game: to be loved, not to be loved. As for recognition, it is essential, but not only in the artistic professions. All work deserves attention and, if possible, appreciation.
You like Marilyn Monroe and Romy Schneider, two actresses who, it is said, were burned by the cinema...
By life, rather, even if the cinema did not have to arrange things. They are two women who have lived complicated lives, childhoods and loves. And, in the case of Marilyn, an aggravating circumstance, it was the time when the actors were totally dependent on drugs without the disastrous effects on health being measured. What I do know is that I had incredible parents, who gave me love and confidence, who loved me, surrounded me, accompanied me. I'm not saying that you can't get by without this prerequisite – you can choose families other than your own – but it's much easier to start out in life feeling supported. Being an actress is terribly destabilizing, you are scrutinized on a giant screen, you depend on the desires of others and when you are no longer wanted, it's over...
Anything else that touches you about Marilyn?
In the dramas of her life, she lost all the children she bore. Mother, she probably would have lived another life. Me, without children, I would have been someone else. I don't think women have to have children to be fulfilled, but I always wanted to have them, and they shaped the woman I am today.
How do you imagine Marilyn Monroe if she had lived?
I can't imagine her as a mature woman, let alone an old lady. She would be 96 years old. In 1962, at the time of her death, she had projects, a production house. She was a woman ruled by her heart: perhaps she would have met a man who would have loved her for what she was?
Vanessa Paradis is on tour in September with the play Maman, by Samuel Benchetrit.

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30 avril 2022

Mimosa: Memories of Marilyn & the Making of "The Misfits"

Memories of Marilyn
& the Making of "The Misfits"
Author: Ralph L Roberts

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Date de sortie : 15 novembre 2021
Broché 176 pages
15.24 x 1.02 x 22.86 cm
Langue : anglais
Éditeur : Roadhouse Books
ISBN 13: 979-8985164022
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Description: Ralph Roberts, actor, masseur, and former Pentagon liaison, could frequently be found in the kitchen of Lee Strasberg’s NYC apartment on Central Park West. One pleasant spring morning he by chance met Marilyn. Not the turned-on public persona of Marilyn Monroe he had crossed paths with in the past, but the honest, casual Marilyn who existed outside the public eye. Thus set in motion the beginnings of a deep friendship that forever changed Ralph, and unquestionably altered the course of his life. The next several years saw him in the Nevada desert with Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable, at the NYC apartment of Lester Markel, grilling at Frank Sinatra’s hilltop home, and on the phone with President Kennedy. Ralph saw Marilyn almost daily, and served as a sympathetic ear and a close friend. He was fiercely protective of his friend and her privacy. This book is a collection of Ralph’s recollections, and a rare and intimate view of Marilyn as the person she was when the cameras were off. Years after her untimely passing, fed up with the many falsehoods printed about his friend, and with the encouragement of Lee Strasberg and May Reis, Ralph set out his honest account of Marilyn Monroe’s last years.

This book is Ralph’s chronicle of his time with Marilyn Monroe from 1959 until her untimely death in 1962. Ralph recounts his behind the scenes experiences with Marilyn and her many circles of friends, giving you an inside look at the deeply layered and very busy Marilyn as she prepared for the next phase of her life – a phase that tragically never came. Ralph gives insight into her thinking through good times and bad. He presents an optimistic and talented woman who not only did great things but was poised to do so much more. Ralph attempts to provide clues as to why events happened as they did, not just for the reader but as a means of coping with the untimely loss of his dear friend Marilyn.

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07 décembre 2021

Doc - John Huston Une âme libre

John Huston Une âme libre

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Année: 2021
Réalisation: Marie Brunet-Debaines
Production: Arte France & Zadig Productions

Pays: France
Durée: 52 min

Épris d’aventure, John Huston est entré au panthéon du cinéma avec une poignée de chefs-d’oeuvre, du "Faucon maltais" à "Gens de Dublin", en passant par "La nuit de l’iguane". Ce portrait célèbre un esprit libre qui a su s’affranchir des diktats hollywoodiens.

> Diffusé en France sur arte le 05 décembre 2021

Retranscription du passage lié au film "The Misfits":

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(à 37 min) - Huston éprouve un sentiment de vide immense lorsqu'en 1957 meurt Humphrey Bogart. Ce chagrin irréparable fait souffler un vent de tendresse sur son cinéma, qui devient plus intimiste. Et Huston s'attache profondément à des personnages avec des bleus à l'âme. A l'image de tous les grands voyageurs de son époque, comme un Kessel, un Hemingway, Huston assiste impuissant à l'emprise de la civilisation sur la nature et le recul des espaces sauvages. C'est la fin des grandes aventures. Et dans ce monde qu'il ne reconnaît plus, l'être humain perd ses repères et s'égare. L'histoire des Misfits se déroule dans le grand Ouest américain. Un univers en plein déclin. La nature sauvage a été domptée, les chevaux ont été remplacés par l'automobile et en dehors des westerns, les cow boys ne sont plus des héros.

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John Huston: "Ce sont des ratés. Et ils méritent d'être représentés tout autant que les battants et les vainqueurs."

Huston a choisi de tourner en noir et blanc et de donner aux décors infinis du grand Ouest, une atmosphère presqu'irréelle: l'empreinte de son désenchantement.

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extrait du film, monologue du personnage de Roslyn, interprétée par Marilyn Monroe: "Meurtriers ! Assassins ! Sales menteurs ! Tous des menteurs ! Vous n'êtes heureux que face à la mort ! Vous n'avez qu'à vous tuer, vous serez heureux ! Vous et votre pays de Dieu ! La liberté ! Vous me faites pitié ! Vous êtes trois hommes bons et morts !"

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Une autre tragédie se déroule en coulisses. Huston et Arthur Miller, grand damaturge et époux de Marilyn Monroe, ont écrit le scénario ensemble. Ils n'hésitent pas à modifier les scènes au cours du tournage. Marilyn en est très destabilisée. Déjà si peu sûre d'elle et en proie à une profonde dépression, elle s'effondre. Huston se retrouve face à un dilemne cruel: à la fois la faire tenir pour finir le film et veiller sur elle.

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Echec critique et commercial à sa sortie, le film est depuis devenu culte, associé à jamais à la mort tragique de ses acteurs.
John Huston: "La mort de Clark est survenue à la toute fin. En gentleman, il a tourné sa dernière scène, puis il est mort le lendemain. La surprise fut totale. Un véritable choc. Pour ce qui est de Marilyn, j'avais le pressentiment... d'une tragédie imminente."

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03 décembre 2021

TV - Les Désaxés


Lundi 6 décembre 2021 - 20h55 - Arte
Rediffusion: Mercredi 8 décembre 2021 à 13h35

Film:  Les Désaxés


Réalisation: John Huston
Année: 1961
Durée : 120 min
Acteurs: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter...

À Reno, dans le Nevada, quatre destins brisés se croisent sans se rencontrer... Avec ce film entré dans la légende noire du cinéma, le dernier tourné par Marilyn Monroe et Clark Gable, John Huston sonne le glas du rêve hollywoodien. 

Roslyn Taber arrive de la côte Est à Reno, dans le Nevada, pour officialiser son divorce. Belle et paumée, la jeune femme rencontre et subjugue deux autres cœurs (et corps) esseulés : un vieux cow-boy fourbu qui a le sentiment d'être passé à côté de sa vie, Gay (Clark Gable), et son copain veuf Guido, ex-pilote de l'armée de l'air. Ils lui proposent de venir découvrir l'âme de l'Ouest dans le ranch de ce dernier, aux portes du désert, où un lien ambivalent, mais affectueux, se tisse entre Roslyn et Gay, suscitant la jalousie de Guido. Dans un rodéo, ils croisent le jeune Perce (Montgomery Clift), orphelin dépossédé par son beau-père qui, plutôt que de travailler dans le ranch familial pour ce dernier, préfère risquer sa vie pour quelques sous. Roslyn prend pitié de ce garçon encore plus perdu qu'elle, et qu'elle fascine en retour… 

Soleil noir 
Dans un noir et blanc stylisé, qui amplifie la splendeur et la désolation des personnages comme des paysages, ces solitudes à la dérive se désirent, s'épaulent, se déchirent, se ratent. Les séquences cathartiques de la chasse aux mustangs, dans lesquelles les aventuriers déchus traquent en avion et en voiture, sous le regard horrifié de Marilyn, les derniers chevaux sauvages du désert, voués à une fabrique de pâtée pour chien, scellent la mort non seulement du western, mais aussi du rêve hollywoodien. Ce grand "film maudit", dont le tournage fut cauchemardesque, a été le dernier de Clark Gable, emporté par une crise cardiaque quelques jours après les ultimes prises, et de Marilyn Monroe, retrouvée morte un an plus tard. S'il appartient à la légende du cinéma, c'est aussi parce que le destin brisé des trois stars absolues qu'il réunit aux côtés d'Eli Wallach (Guido), lui aussi formidable, se reflète avec une vérité tragique dans le scénario torturé composé par le dramaturge Arthur Miller pour son épouse, Marilyn, alors que leur mariage sombrait. Un soleil noir dans la filmographie du maître John Huston.

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01 novembre 2020

Making the Image: Eve Arnold’s Portrait of a Pensive Marilyn Monroe


 Making the Image: Eve Arnold’s Portrait of a Pensive Marilyn Monroe
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Arnold's grandson explores her writings on the making of the famed image, and shares previously unseen contact sheets from the Nevada set of The Misfits
Le petit-fils d'Arnold explore ses écrits sur la création de la célèbre image et partage des planches contacts inédites du tournage au Nevada de The Misfits

Marilyn Monroe in the Nevada desert going over her lines for a difficult scene
she is about to play with Clarke Gable in the film 'The Misfits' by John Huston.
Nevada, USA. 1960.  © Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos

Contact sheets: direct prints of sequences of negatives were – in the pre-digital era – key for photographers to be able to see what they had captured on their rolls of film. They formed a central part of editing and indexing practices, and in themselves became revealing of photographers’ approaches: the subtle refinements of the frame, lighting and subject from photograph to photograph, tracing the image-maker’s progress toward the final composition that they ultimately saw as their best. There is a voyeuristic aspect to looking at a contact sheet also: one can retrace the photographer’s movements through time and space, tracking their eye’s smallest twitches from left to right as their attention is drawn. It is as if one were inside their head, offered a privileged view through their very eyes from the front row of their brain.
Planche Contact: l'impression directe de séquences de négatifs était - à l'ère pré-numérique - la clé pour que les photographes puissent voir ce qu'ils avaient capturé sur leurs pellicules. Ils formaient une partie centrale des pratiques d'édition et d'indexation, et devenaient en eux-mêmes révélateurs des approches des photographes: les raffinements subtils du cadre, de l'éclairage et du sujet de la photographie à la photographie, retraçant les progrès du créateur d'images vers la composition finale qu'ils ont finalement vue comme leur meilleur. Il y a aussi un aspect voyeuriste à regarder une planche contact: on peut retracer les mouvements du photographe à travers le temps et l’espace, en suivant les moindres contractions de son œil de gauche à droite au fur et à mesure que son attention est attirée. C'est comme si on était à l'intérieur de leur tête, offrait une vue privilégiée à travers leurs yeux mêmes du premier rang de leur cerveau.

As Kristen Lubben wrote in her introduction to the book, Magnum Contact Sheets, first published in 2011 by Thames and Hudson:
“Unique to each photographer’s approach, the contact is a record of how an image was constructed. Was it a set-up, or a serendipitous encounter? Did the photographer notice a scene with potential and diligently work it through to arrive at a successful image, or was the fabled ‘decisive moment’ at play? The contact sheet, now rendered obsolete by digital photography, embodies much of the appeal of photography itself: the sense of time unfolding, a durable trace of movement through space, an apparent authentication of photography’s claims to transparent representation of reality.”

Comme Kristen Lubben l'a écrit dans son introduction au livre, Magnum Contact Sheets, publié pour la première fois en 2011 par Thames et Hudson:
«Unique à l'approche de chaque photographe, le contact est un enregistrement de la façon dont une image a été construite. Était-ce une mise en place ou une rencontre fortuite? Le photographe a-t-il remarqué une scène avec du potentiel et l'a-t-il travaillé avec diligence pour arriver à une image réussie, ou le légendaire «moment décisif» était-il en jeu? La feuille de contact, maintenant rendue obsolète par la photographie numérique, incarne une grande partie de l'attrait de la photographie elle-même: le sens du temps qui se déroule, une trace durable de mouvement à travers l'espace, une authentification apparente des revendications de la photographie à une représentation transparente de la réalité."

Below, Michael Arnold – grandson of Eve Arnold, and a representative of the Eve Arnold Estate – writes about the making of the (above) famed image of a concerned Marilyn Monroe, seemingly isolated on the set of The Misfits. Offering personal insight and archival context on the star’s troubled time on set, he also shares previously unseen contact sheet images from the work Arnold made during the film’s production.
Ci-dessous, Michael Arnold - petit-fils d'Eve Arnold, et un représentant du domaine Eve Arnold - écrit sur la création de la célèbre image (ci-dessus) d'une Marilyn Monroe concernée, apparemment isolée sur le tournage de The Misfits. Offrant un aperçu personnel et un contexte d’archivage sur le temps troublé de la star sur le plateau, il partage également des images de planches de contact inédites du travail réalisé par Arnold pendant la production du film.


As a photographer, Eve Arnold was known for getting beneath the surface of her subjects, for capturing something of the real person hidden behind the persona.
In this well-known picture, actress Marilyn Monroe is memorizing her lines on the set of the film The Misfits. Monroe found it very difficult to memorize her lines and felt insecure about this. Because of the close bond Eve gained from working with Marilyn over several years she was able to capture the fragility and vulnerability behind her usually confident, and instantly recognizable exterior.

En tant que photographe, Eve Arnold était connue pour se cacher sous la surface de ses sujets, pour capturer quelque chose de la personne réelle cachée derrière le personnage.
Dans cette image bien connue, l'actrice Marilyn Monroe mémorise ses lignes sur le tournage du film Les Misfits. Monroe a eu beaucoup de mal à mémoriser ses lignes et se sentait mal à l'aise à ce sujet. En raison du lien étroit qu'Eve a noué en travaillant avec Marilyn pendant plusieurs années, elle a pu capturer la fragilité et la vulnérabilité derrière son extérieur habituellement confiant et immédiatement reconnaissable.

Eve describes this fragility in her book, In Retrospect:
“My most poignant memory of Marilyn is of how distressed, troubled and still radiant she looked when I arrived in Nevada to work on The Misfits. She asked immediately how she looked, and she wanted and needed reassurance. It was four years since we had worked together, and she looked into my eyes for a long moment to make sure she could still trust me. Then she drew her breath, sighed and said, “I’m thirty-four years old. I’ve been dancing for six months [on Let’s Make Love]. I’ve had no rest, I’m exhausted. Where do I go from here ?” She was not asking me – she was asking herself. This was less than a year before she died. It occurred to me then that when she had lived with the fantasy of Marilyn that she had created, that fantasy had sustained her, but now the reality had caught up with her and she found it too much to bear.”

Eve décrit cette fragilité dans son livre, In Retrospect:
«Mon souvenir le plus émouvant de Marilyn est de voir à quel point elle avait l'air affligée, troublée et toujours radieuse quand je suis arrivée au Nevada pour travailler sur The Misfits. Elle a immédiatement demandé à quoi elle ressemblait et elle voulait et avait besoin d'être rassurée. Cela faisait quatre ans que nous avions travaillé ensemble, et elle m'a regardé dans les yeux pendant un long moment pour s'assurer qu'elle pouvait encore me faire confiance. Puis elle retint son souffle, soupira et dit: «J'ai trente-quatre ans. J'ai dancé pendant six mois [sur Let’s Make Love]. Je n'ai pas eu de repos, je suis épuisée. Où dois-je aller d'ici ? » Elle ne me demandait pas à moi - elle se posait la question. C'était moins d'un an avant sa mort. Il m'est alors venu à l'esprit que lorsqu'elle avait vécu avec le fantasme de Marilyn qu'elle avait créé, ce fantasme l'avait soutenue, mais maintenant la réalité l'avait rattrapée et elle trouvait cela trop difficile à supporter."

Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift on the set of 'The Misfits'.
1960. Reno. Nevada. USA. © Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos

Eve spoke further about the filming of The Misfits in a BBC documentary, Eve and Marilyn:

“…When Arthur [Miller] met Marilyn he then rewrote the story. It then became the basis for the film called The Misfits. It had Clarke Gable in the lead. It had Marilyn as the female lead. It had Montgomery Clift, Ely Wallach. It was meant to be exquisitely made. It was meant to be a small statement but very serious. And it was meant to bring Marilyn forward as a very serious actress. And this was Miller’s valentine to Marilyn. The marriage was already over but what he had wanted to do with it was to give her a gift.
She adored all of it. She loved the attention and she loved these very handsome men. What she didn’t like was the fact that they were all such polished actors. When they kept changing lines they would just reel them off and they would be word-perfect. And she would have difficulty because a) she didn’t have the training, and b) because she was troubled and it was difficult to remember the lines when she was going through a trying time.
She was ill at the time and she was disturbed. She had twice taken an overdose of sleeping tablets. I’m sure by accident because her big enemy was that she couldn’t sleep. And so, nights she would take two pills and then two more pills and then forgetting, she’d wake up and be muzzy, and in the morning she could hardly find her way around.”

Eve a parlé plus en détail du tournage de The Misfits dans un documentaire de la BBC, Eve et Marilyn:

«… Quand Arthur [Miller] a rencontré Marilyn, il a ensuite réécrit l'histoire. C'est ensuite devenu la base du film intitulé The Misfits. Il avait Clarke Gable en tête. Il avait Marilyn comme femme principale. Il y avait Montgomery Clift, Ely Wallach. Il était censé être fait de manière exquise. C'était censé être une petite déclaration mais très sérieuse. Et cela visait à faire de Marilyn une actrice très sérieuse. Et c'était la Saint-Valentin de Miller à Marilyn. Le mariage était déjà terminé mais ce qu'il avait voulu en faire, c'était lui faire un cadeau.
Elle adorait tout cela. Elle a adoré l'attention et elle a adoré ces très beaux hommes. Ce qu’elle n’a pas aimé, c’était le fait qu’ils étaient tous des acteurs aussi raffinés. Quand ils continuaient à changer de lignes, ils les enroulaient simplement et ils étaient parfaits. Et elle aurait des difficultés parce que a) elle n’a pas eu la formation, et b) parce qu’elle était troublée et qu’il était difficile de se souvenir des répliques quand elle traversait une période difficile.
Elle était malade à l'époque et elle était perturbée. Elle avait pris deux fois une surdose de somnifères. J'en suis sûre par accident car son grand ennemi était qu'elle ne pouvait pas dormir. Et donc, les nuits où elle prenait deux pilules, puis deux autres pilules, puis en oubliant, elle se réveillait et était confuse, et le matin, elle pouvait à peine trouver son chemin. "

Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift practice a scene during the filming of 'The Misfits'.
Nevada, USA. 1960. Contact sheet. © Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos

When I was 18, I worked with Eve for a summer as her assistant. By that time we had become very close. As we worked, Eve would lovingly introduce me to the world of photography and to different parts of her vast archive. I remember being particularly drawn to this image of Marilyn in the desert learning her lines. I didn’t know the backstory at the time but there was something mesmerizing about the way the picture was composed. The barren desert in the foreground, ethereal, textured clouds in the sky and this legendary Hollywood star standing under a boom microphone, looking like a little girl, lost in thought. It was no wonder to me that this was one of Eve’s most iconic images.
Quand j'avais 18 ans, j'ai travaillé avec Eve pendant un été en tant qu'assistant. À ce moment-là, nous étions devenus très proches. Pendant que nous travaillions, Eve me présentait avec amour le monde de la photographie et les différentes parties de ses vastes archives. Je me souviens avoir été particulièrement attiré par cette image de Marilyn dans le désert apprenant ses lignes. Je ne connaissais pas la trame de fond à l'époque, mais il y avait quelque chose de fascinant dans la façon dont l'image était composée. Le désert aride au premier plan, des nuages ​​éthérés et texturés dans le ciel et cette légendaire star hollywoodienne debout sous un microphone à perche, ressemblant à une petite fille, perdue dans ses pensées. Il n’était pas étonnant pour moi que ce soit l’une des images les plus emblématiques d’Eve.

A few years later I was looking through Eve’s contact sheets and saw the full contact sheet this image was taken from. I was quite taken aback. None of the other images on the sheet looked anything like this one. I had imagined that Eve had set the scene up knowing what she wanted and had taken quite a few images, waiting for the right light and expression on Marilyn’s face. But no, there were only three other images of the same scene, and all of them were in portrait format. Then suddenly, as shown by the contact sheet, Eve had turned her 35mm camera around to use landscape format, and in an instant, the whole composition came together, never to be repeated. In that instant something of the poignancy of Marilyn’s experience on The Misfits was caught on camera.
Quelques années plus tard, je regardais à travers les planches contact d'Eve et vis la planche complète à partir de laquelle cette image était prise. J'ai été assez surpris. Aucune des autres images de la feuille ne ressemblait à celle-ci. J'avais imaginé qu'Eve avait préparé la scène en sachant ce qu'elle voulait et avait pris pas mal d'images, en attendant la bonne lumière et l'expression sur le visage de Marilyn. Mais non, il n'y avait que trois autres images de la même scène, et toutes étaient au format portrait. Puis tout à coup, comme le montre la planche contact, Eve avait tourné son appareil photo 35 mm pour utiliser le format paysage, et en un instant, toute la composition s'est réunie, pour ne jamais être répétée. À cet instant, quelque chose de l’émotion de l’expérience de Marilyn sur The Misfits était saisie par l'objectif.

I recently got the chance to look through Eve’s contact sheets and transparencies from The Misfits again. They are currently housed at Yale University’s Beinecke Library and I was there exploring a digitization project which seeks to make more of Eve’s previously unseen images available. Within just a few minutes I found some wonderful images on contact sheets that I had never seen, marked in grease pencil with an “E”, by Eve herself.
J'ai récemment eu la chance de parcourir à nouveau les planches contact et les transparents d'Eve sur The Misfits. Ils sont actuellement stockés à la bibliothèque Beinecke de l’université de Yale et j’y étais pour explorer un projet de numérisation qui vise à rendre disponibles davantage d’images inédites d’Eve. En quelques minutes, j'ai trouvé de merveilleuses images sur des feuilles de contact que je n'avais jamais vues, marquées au crayon gras avec un «E», par Eve elle-même.


Photograph of Eve Arnold contact sheet, by Michael Arnold


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The Misfits: Story of a Shoot


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Arthur Miller and Inge Morath's recollections of an infamous cinematic production
Les souvenirs d'Arthur Miller et d'Inge Morath d'une production cinématographique tristement célèbre

Set of "The Misfits". Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in their suite in Reno’s Mapes Hotel after a day’s shooting.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

John Huston’s 1961 movie, ‘The Misfits’, was to be the last completed production for two of its stars: Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. Gable died shortly after the film wrapped, while Monroe died in August 1962 having worked on the uncompleted movie ‘Something’s Got to Give’.
Le film de John Huston de 1961, «The Misfits», devait être la dernière production achevée pour deux de ses stars: Marilyn Monroe et Clark Gable. Gable est décédé peu de temps après la fin du film, tandis que Monroe est décédé en août 1962 après avoir travaillé sur le film inachevé «Something’s got to give».

Scripted by Arthur Miller, a raft of Magnum photographers were hired to photograph the making of the film – among them Inge Morath and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who were the first photographers to arrive on set.
Scénarisé par Arthur Miller, une série de photographes Magnum ont été embauchés pour photographier la réalisation du film - parmi lesquels Inge Morath et Henri Cartier-Bresson, qui ont été les premiers photographes à arriver sur le plateau.

As many of the images, and indeed Morath’s remembrances, attest – the photographers and the actors enjoyed a degree of camaraderie in spite of the film’s widely reported troubled production – one aspect of which was the deteriorating marriage between Miller and Monroe that came to an end that summer.
Comme de nombreuses images, et même les souvenirs de Morath, l'attestent - les photographes et les acteurs ont bénéficié d'une certaine camaraderie malgré la production troublée largement rapportée du film - dont l'un des aspects était la détérioration du mariage entre Miller et Monroe qui a pris fin cet été là.

In James Goode’s 1963 book, The Story of ‘The Misfits’ – a day-by-day account of the shoot – he hints at the friendly atmosphere the photographers and the actors shared in:
August 1 – Monday.  Still no shooting call.  To pass the time, Eli Wallach has gotten himself into character clothes and makeup as Sigmund Freud, to be photographed by Inge Morath.  The object is to paste the resulting photograph on an album cover as a birthday present for John Huston, whose next picture will be ‘Freud’.  Eli, Inge and Dick Rowan, a Magnum representative here on location, drove out to a nearby ranch and Eli posed next to a couch in the middle of a corral, with some interested horses looking on. Eli looked frighteningly authentic.
Dans le livre de James Goode de 1963, The Story of «The Misfits» - un récit quotidien du tournage - il fait allusion à l’atmosphère amicale que les photographes et les acteurs ont partagé:
1er août - lundi. Tournage toujours pas débuté. Pour passer le temps, Eli Wallach s'est habillé dans les vêtements du personnage et s'est maquillé  comme Sigmund Freud, pour être photographié par Inge Morath. L’objectif est de coller la photographie obtenue sur une couverture d’album comme cadeau d’anniversaire pour John Huston, dont la prochaine photo sera «Freud». Eli, Inge et Dick Rowan, un représentant de Magnum ici sur place, se sont rendus dans un ranch voisin et Eli a posé à côté d'un canapé au milieu d'un corral, avec quelques chevaux à l'allure intéressante. Eli avait l'air terriblement authentique.

Here, ahead of the 60th anniversary of last day of the film’s shooting on location in Nevada (October 18th), we share both Miller and Morath’s personal reflections upon the film’s production and its at times troubled, yet charming stars alongside little-seen images from the production, and archival materials.
Ici, avant le 60e anniversaire du dernier jour du tournage du film dans le Nevada (le 18 octobre), nous partageons les réflexions personnelles de Miller et Morath sur la production du film et ses stars parfois troublées mais charmantes aux côtés d'images peu vues de la production et les documents d'archives.

Inge Morath's story list 1960. © Inge Morath.
Inge Morath Photographs and Papers Collection,
courtesy the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.  

The first day of shooting "The Misfits." Clapperboard is marked scene 1 take 2.
Director John Huston and author Arthur Miller watching in the background.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

Arthur Miller

Frank Taylor, who was an old friend of mine, and who I inveigled into being the producer [of ‘The Misfits’], thought it would be a great idea to get Magnum to send over as many people as they could to photograph it. I didn’t know any photographers and I had no opinion about it; it was the last thing in the world I was worried about. Henri [Cartier-Bresson] and Inge [Morath] decided to do a motor trip across the country [on their way to the set in Reno]. Both of them were Europeans, of course, and they thought that, diving across the country, they would run into all kinds of wonderful, different cooking experiences as they would in Europe. When confronted with the inevitable hamburger everywhere, they were driven back to eating carrots and apples and tea.
Frank Taylor, qui était un vieil ami à moi, et que j’ai incité à devenir le producteur [de ‘The Misfits’], a pensé que ce serait une excellente idée que Magnum envoie autant de personnes que possible pour photographier. Je ne connaissais aucun photographe et je n’avais aucune opinion à ce sujet; c'était la dernière chose au monde qui m'inquiétait. Henri [Cartier-Bresson] et Inge [Morath] ont décidé de faire un voyage en voiture à travers le pays [en route vers le plateau de Reno]. Tous deux étaient européens, bien sûr, et ils pensaient qu'en plongeant à travers le pays, ils vivraient toutes sortes d'expériences culinaires merveilleuses et différentes comme ils le feraient en Europe. Lorsqu'ils ont été confrontés à l'inévitable hamburger partout, ils ont été ramenés à manger des carottes, des pommes et du thé.

Inge wrote a diary of this trip. It’s a brilliant description of 60s America. It’s a European’s wise and, at the same time, wide-eyed view of this crazy country. She caught all the insane contradictions that were here because they were very fresh to her..."
Inge a écrit un journal de ce voyage. C'est une brillante description de l'Amérique des années 60. C'est une vision européenne sage et, en même temps, les yeux écarquillés de ce pays fou. Elle a saisi toutes les contradictions insensées qui étaient ici parce que c'était très
frais pour elle ..."

Goldfield, Nevada. USA. 1960. © Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

The 60s in America, of course, was the despair and the secret hope of a lot of European intellectuals. The freedom, the local inventiveness, the friendliness, charmed them. And Inge, I know, was pleasantly surprised by how dear the people were. Of course, most people were to her; she was very affectionate toward people, and they reacted in a similar way. However, it was a difficult trip because she couldn’t eat meat and Henri liked more delicate cooking. So they were driven half mad by the carrots and the apples and the tea. And they arrived in Reno half starved and ready to work.
Les années 60 en Amérique, bien sûr, étaient le désespoir et l'espoir secret de nombreux intellectuels européens. La liberté, l'inventivité locale, la convivialité les ont charmés. Et Inge, je le sais, a été agréablement surprise de voir à quel point les gens étaient adorables. Bien sûr, la plupart des gens l'étaient pour elle; elle était très affectueuse envers les gens, et ils ont réagi de la même manière. Cependant, ce fut un voyage difficile car elle ne pouvait pas manger de viande et Henri aimait une cuisine plus délicate. Alors ils ont été rendus à moitié fous par les carottes, les pommes et le thé. Et ils sont arrivés à Reno à moitié affamés et prêts à travailler.

Inge wrote a diary of this trip. It’s a brilliant description of 60s America. It’s a European’s wise and, at the same time, wide-eyed view of this crazy country. She caught all the insane contradictions that were here because they were very fresh to her; she was unprepared for them. You’ve got to remember that World War Two was still engraved on their minds. They had witnessed, and in Inge’s case she had suffered a great deal in Nazi Germany from the effects of the war. So this fresh country was overwhelming. At the same time, she had some odd experiences here. When she arrived she had to apply for a visa and one of the questions was “Your Color.” So she put down “pink.” It never dawned on her that any government would ask what color you were, and it was quite a shock. She didn’t know what to make of it.
Inge a écrit un journal de ce voyage. C’est une brillante description de l’Amérique des années 60. C’est une vision européenne sage et, en même temps, des yeux écarquillés de ce pays fou. Elle a saisi toutes les contradictions insensées qui étaient ici parce qu'elles étaient très fraîches pour elle; elle n'était pas préparée pour ça. Vous devez vous rappeler que la Seconde Guerre mondiale était toujours gravée dans leur esprit. Ils en avaient été témoins et, dans le cas d’Inge, elle avait beaucoup souffert en Allemagne nazie des effets de la guerre. Donc, ce pays frais était écrasant. En même temps, elle a eu des expériences étranges ici. À son arrivée, elle a dû demander un visa et l'une des questions était «Votre couleur». Alors elle a mis «rose». Il ne lui est jamais venu à l'esprit qu'un gouvernement vous demanderait de quelle couleur vous étiez, et ce fut un vrai choc. Elle ne savait pas quoi en penser.

Small travel notebook. © Inge Morath.
Inge Morath Photographs and Papers Collection,
courtesy the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. 

Set of "The Misfits". Rehearsal of Roslyn's dance in Guido's garden.
John Huston with Marilyn Monroe in the first frame.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

- Arthur Miller:
"Inge took comparatively few pictures.
When she pointed the camera
she felt a certain responsibility for what it was looking at.
Her pictures of Marilyn are particularly empathetic
and touch as she caught Marilyn’s anguish beneath her celebrity..."

"Inge a pris relativement peu de photos.
Quand elle a pointé la caméra,
elle se sentait responsable face à ce qu'elle regardait.
Ses photos de Marilyn sont particulièrement empathiques
et touchantes alors qu'elle captait l'angoisse de Marilyn sous sa célébrité ..."

Set of "The Misfits". Marilyn Monroe in the first frame. Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960. © Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

Inge, as an Austrian, had found herself in a defensive position in London and Paris, where she had been working and living [after the war]. Americans, in contrast, were far less ready to condemn her. Ironically, she felt uneasy here because we didn’t condemn fascism enough, nor did we see the signs of it in American culture. She was quick to notice whenever that smell came up of repression and racism.
Inge, en tant qu'Autrichienne, s'était retrouvée dans une position défensive à Londres et à Paris, où elle avait travaillé et vécu [après la guerre]. Les Américains, en revanche, étaient beaucoup moins disposés à la condamner. Ironiquement, elle s'est sentie mal à l'aise ici parce que nous n'avons pas assez condamné le fascisme, et nous n'en avons pas vu les signes dans la culture américaine. Elle a vite remarqué chaque fois cette odeur de répression et de racisme qui se dégageait.

Reno, initially, and ‘The Misfits’ in particular, was a circus for Inge; a rich mine of subjects. My first glimpse of her was in the Mapes Hotel coffee shop, where she was sitting at a table laughing with John Huston. She had worked on Huston’s film ‘Moulin Rouge’ some time earlier, and had earned his respect as an artist. Huston’s admiration and respect came in part from the work, of course, but it was also because of her bravery. As far as he was concerned, that was the major virtue of anyone.
Reno, au départ, et «The Misfits» en particulier, était un cirque pour Inge; une mine riche de sujets. La première fois que je l'ai vue, elle était dans le café de l'hôtel Mapes, assise à une table en train de rire avec John Huston. Elle avait travaillé sur le film de Huston «Moulin Rouge» quelque temps auparavant et avait gagné son respect en tant qu’artiste. L’admiration et le respect de Huston provenaient en partie du travail, bien sûr, mais c’était aussi à cause de sa bravoure. En ce qui le concernait, c'était la principale vertu de quiconque.

Set of "The Misfits". Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.
The two are now lovers and Gay, who has been up early,
comes to wake her and surprise her with breakfast.
Roslyn sits up in bed slowly, delightedly.
Movie camera cuts shot of Roslyn’s back a little under her shoulders.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

1/"The Misfits." Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. 
2/  Set of "The Misfits". John Huston and Arthur Miller wait and brood over the next scene.
This close cooperation of author and director often brought about last minute changes
that kept the work on the movie at an exhilarating pace.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

John Huston, Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller during the filming of "The Misfits".
Arthur & Marilyn were separated at the time.
Nevada. Reno. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

Inge believes that to photograph a place you had to know the language. So she studied Chinese for about seven years before she went to China, and she did, similarly, with Russian before she went to Russia. Travel with her was a privilege because I would never have been able to penetrate that way. She was unobtrusive and she simply took [her subjects’] side of the lens. People quickly caught on that she was a different kind of a person than they were expecting in a photographer. She had a great talent for drawing people in, even without the camera.
Inge pense que pour photographier un endroit, il fallait en connaître la langue. Elle a donc étudié le chinois pendant environ sept ans avant de se rendre en Chine, et elle a fait de même avec le russe avant de se rendre en Russie. Voyager avec elle était un privilège car je n'aurais jamais pu m'immerger de cette façon. Elle était discrète et elle a simplement pris le côté [de ses sujets] de l'objectif. Les gens ont vite compris qu'elle était une personne différente de celle à laquelle ils s'attendaient chez un photographe. Elle avait un grand talent pour attirer les gens, même sans caméra.

© Arthur Miller Literary and Dramatic Property Trust. Text excerpted from a discussion of Inge Morath’s photographs at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, May 26, 2004. 

Montgomery Clift on the set of "The Misfits." Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

 Inge Morath

The coverage of ‘The Misfits’ was a very special thing. The producer had a unique idea of creating a document of the shooting of this movie, for which he hired Magnum photographers. We were paired up and I was going to photograph with Henri Cartier-Bresson. We planned to go across the country because America was a big adventure. I didn’t know much about America at all, so we rented a car and went a very complicated route; Blue Ridge Mountains and Mississippi and we saw all the literary sights.
Le reportage de "The Misfits" était une chose très spéciale. Le producteur a eu une idée unique de créer un document du tournage de ce film, pour lequel il a engagé des photographes Magnum. Nous étions jumelés et j'allais photographier avec Henri Cartier-Bresson. Nous avions prévu de parcourir le pays car l'Amérique était une grande aventure. Je ne savais pas grand-chose du tout de l'Amérique, alors nous avons loué une voiture et avons emprunté un chemin très compliqué; Blue Ridge Mountains et Mississippi et nous avons vu tous les sites littéraires.

Anyway we arrived in Reno, which is American and so western. It’s just marvelous to look at. The Mapes Hotel was where more or less everybody was lodged, and I was so intrigued because in the hotel room there was a machine and you could make your own coffee in the morning. I’d never seen such a thing. This was exotic. And naturally, such an American movie was also exotic to us. So we approached it from our very European point of view, which was fun. We started early, often waited for very long times, and finished quite late. And it got hotter and hotter.
Bref, nous sommes arrivés à Reno, qui est américaine et tellement western. C’est tout simplement merveilleux à regarder. L'hôtel Mapes était l'endroit où plus ou moins tout le monde était logé, et j'étais tellement intrigué parce que dans la chambre d'hôtel il y avait une machine et vous pouviez faire votre propre café le matin. Je n’avais jamais vu une chose pareille. C'était exotique. Et naturellement, un tel film américain était aussi exotique pour nous. Nous l'avons donc abordé de notre point de vue très européen, ce qui était amusant. Nous avons commencé tôt, avons souvent attendu très longtemps et avons terminé assez tard. Et il faisait de plus en plus chaud.

Henri and I had worked together before, so we were never in each other’s way. Because two photographers on one movie could be really falling over each other. But we had very different territories and interests, at least in the approach to something. I think everybody has a certain distance at which he or she is most comfortable. There is a certain way of seeing the same thing in a different composition, or from a very different angle. That’s the interesting part; everybody has their own was of attacking a subject. I’m one who always wanders around a lot, always looking. And so doe Henri, but boy is he fast. Wow.
Henri et moi avions déjà travaillé ensemble, donc nous ne nous sommes jamais opposés. Parce que deux photographes sur un même film pourraient vraiment tomber l'un sur l'autre. Mais nous avions des territoires et des intérêts très différents, du moins dans l'approche de quelque chose. Je pense que chacun a une certaine distance à laquelle il ou elle est le plus à l'aise. Il y a une certaine manière de voir la même chose dans une composition différente, ou sous un angle très différent. C’est la partie intéressante; chacun a sa manière propre d'attaquer un sujet. Je suis celle qui erre toujours beaucoup, toujours à la recherche. Et Henri aussi, mais garçon est rapide. Sensationnel.

Henri Cartier-Bresson with actor Eli Wallach (right) during the production of "The Misfits."
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

1/ Clark Gable and John Huston during the filming of The Misfits.
2/ Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Misfits. USA. Reno, Nevada. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

- Inge Morath:
"Eli and Marilyn were like buddies, and you can see it.
Monty and Marilyn were kindred souls.
They were both terribly vulnerable.
And Clark Gable was Clark Gable"
«Eli et Marilyn étaient comme des copains, et vous pouvez le voir.
Monty et Marilyn étaient des âmes apparentées.
Ils étaient tous les deux terriblement vulnérables.
Et Clark Gable était Clark Gable»

Arthur Miller (foreground) and Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "The Misfits."
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

John Huston I’d worked with before. He was terrific to me. My very first movie job was with him in ‘Moulin Rouge.’ I had never been in a film studio, and I went up to him and I said, “Look, I’ve never been in a film studio so you’d better help me.” He thought that was very funny. So I worked with him several times later. Monty Clift was also a great friend of mine whom I adored. He was supposed to be so difficult and erratic but actually he shot the most difficult scene in one take. Thelma Ritter was marvelous because it was a part which was not very glamourous, but she anchored this very American thing. And Eli Wallach. Eli is a funny guy and a wonderful actor. Eli and Marilyn were like buddies, and you can see it. Monty and Marilyn were kindred souls. They were both terribly vulnerable. And Clark Gable was Clark Gable.
John Huston, j'avais déjà travaillé avec lui avant. Il a été formidable avec moi. Mon tout premier boulot au cinéma était avec lui au 'Moulin Rouge.' Je n'avais jamais été dans un studio de cinéma, et je suis allée vers lui et j'ai dit: “Écoutez, je n'ai jamais été dans un studio de cinéma alors vous feriez mieux de m'aider." Il a trouvé que c'était très drôle. J'ai donc travaillé avec lui plusieurs fois plus tard. Monty Clift était aussi un grand ami à moi que j'adorais. Il était censé être si difficile et erratique, mais en fait, il a tourné la scène la plus difficile en une seule prise. Thelma Ritter était merveilleuse car c'était un rôle qui n'était pas très glamour, mais elle a ancré ce truc très américain. Et Eli Wallach. Eli est un gars drôle et un acteur merveilleux. Eli et Marilyn étaient comme des copains, et vous pouvez le voir. Monty et Marilyn étaient des âmes apparentées. Ils étaient tous les deux terriblement vulnérables. Et Clark Gable était Clark Gable.

Set of "The Misfits". Marilyn Monroe and Thelma Ritter during the scene in the bar of Harrah’s Club in Reno.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

- Inge Morath
"They were all very interesting to watch.
Actually, Marilyn was fascinating to watch.
The way she moved, her expressions; she just was extraordinary.
There was such strength and energy combined with this fragility"
"Ils étaient tous très intéressants à regarder.
En fait, Marilyn était fascinante à regarder.
La façon dont elle bougeait, ses expressions; elle était juste extraordinaire.
Il y avait une telle force et énergie combinées à cette fragilité"

1/ Marilyn Monroe in a casino during the production of "The Misfits."
2/ The Misfits." Clark Gable.
Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

But it was very professional. You see, these were not people who were start stuck of anything. I mean, you were just there and you did a job; you watched as photographers have to do. They were all very interesting to watch. Actually, Marilyn was fascinating to watch. The way she moved, her expressions; she just was extraordinary. There was such strength and energy combined with this fragility. It was vert interesting and quite unique. What I wanted to do was the unposed person. Marilyn knew all the tricks about how to pose, but when I watched her and saw that vulnerability, I figured to get something of her that is not posed, some inner side of her that can be revealed if possible with the camera. You might see in some of the close-ups, behind the smile there is a tragic undertone.
Mais c'était très professionnel. Vous voyez, ce n'étaient pas des gens qui étaient coincés dans quoi que ce soit. Je veux dire, vous étiez juste là et vous avez fait un travail; vous avez regardé comme les photographes doivent faire. Ils étaient tous très intéressants à regarder. En fait, Marilyn était fascinante à regarder. La façon dont elle bougeait, ses expressions; elle était juste extraordinaire. Il y avait une telle force et énergie combinées à cette fragilité. C'était très intéressant et assez unique. Ce que je voulais faire, c'était la personne sans pose. Marilyn connaissait toutes les astuces pour poser, mais quand je l'ai regardée et que j'ai vu cette vulnérabilité, j'ai pensé obtenir quelque chose d'elle qui n'est pas posé, un côté intérieur d'elle qui peut être révélé si possible avec la caméra. Vous pourriez voir dans certains des gros plans, derrière le sourire, il y a une nuance tragique.


The thing is that she was very unsecure about herself. Marilyn was nervous about many scenes and she would really try to have different takes on things. She went back to the script and sometimes that took up a considerable amount of time. So people were sitting in the heat, and it was very hot. I remember Clark Gable, with whom I got on very well, told me all his adventures in the movies. It was very funny. Clark was wonderful. He said, “I will inscribe your jacket for you,” you know, I never had the idea of asking for an autograph. So he wrote on the back of my collar, “Clark Gable, Reno, Nevada, July 21st, 1960.” And he said, “You’d better have somebody embroider this so it won’t wash out.” So I had it made in Paris, embroidered on the back of the collar.
Le fait est qu'elle n'était pas sûre d'elle-même. Marilyn était nerveuse à propos de nombreuses scènes et elle aurait essayé vraiment d'avoir des points de vue différents sur les choses. Elle revenait sur le scénario et parfois cela prenait un temps considérable. Les gens étaient donc assis dans la chaleur, et il faisait très chaud. Je me souviens que Clark Gable, avec qui je m'entendais très bien, m'a raconté toutes ses aventures au cinéma. C'était très drôle. Clark était merveilleux. Il a dit: «Je vais signer votre veste pour vous», vous savez, je n'ai jamais eu l'idée de demander un autographe. Il a donc écrit au dos de mon col: «Clark Gable, Reno, Nevada, 21 juillet 1960». Et il a dit: "Tu ferais mieux de faire broder ça par quelqu'un pour qu'il ne s'efface pas." Je l'ai donc fait fabriquer à Paris, brodée à l'arrière du col.

We wanted to be as invisible as possible as photographers. You have to be pretty much invisible because you are in the way most of the time. so we always were dressed in all drab stuff. And I think there’s something to it, to serving your subject by not putting yourself close too much. The thing was to find your way around. You knew more or less what scenes would come up but you didn’t know what was actually going to happen. The surprise elements were in how the actors created a scene, and John Huston kind of let them find their way. I mean, there was a general direction, but within this they found their own way.
Nous voulions être aussi invisibles que possible en tant que photographes. Vous devez être à peu près invisible parce que vous êtes gênant la plupart du temps. Donc nous étions toujours vêtus de couleur terne. Et je pense qu'il y a quelque chose à faire, à servir votre sujet en ne vous mettant pas trop près. Le truc était de trouver son chemin. Vous saviez plus ou moins quelles scènes allaient se produire mais vous ne saviez pas ce qui allait réellement se passer. Les éléments de surprise étaient dans la façon dont les acteurs ont créé une scène, et John Huston les a en quelque sorte laissés trouver leur chemin. Je veux dire, il y avait une direction générale, mais à l'intérieur de cela, ils ont trouvé leur propre chemin.

Shooting "The Misfits". 1960. The photographer Inge Morath and Clark Gable.
Nevada state. USA. © Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos

1/ Marilyn Monroe and Eli Wallach. Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960
2/ Set of "The Misfits". Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

"The Misfits." Clark Gable and Eli Wallach in the car. Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960.
© Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

I had read the short story and I get a script. If you’re not used to reading movie scripts its quite something, because you don’t imagine everything. So it’s kind of a dry enterprise. But we knew more or less what the character were, which is really what you want to know; what makes these people tick ? I mean, what the author meant making tick. Naturally, I was kind of in awe of Arthur Miller because I’d seen ‘Salesman’ and ‘The Crucible’ and I though, oh God, this man will be very sad all the time. the first time I really met him, it was very hot. John Huston took Henri and me to where they were swimming and playing tennis. We didn’t go in the pool because we were busy photographing.
J'avais lu la nouvelle et je reçois un scénario. Si vous n’avez pas l’habitude de lire des scripts de films, c’est quelque chose, car vous n’imaginez pas tout. C’est donc une sorte d’entreprise sèche. Mais nous savions plus ou moins ce qu'était le personnage, ce que vous voulez vraiment savoir; qu'est-ce qui motive ces gens ? Je veux dire, ce que l'auteur voulait dire faisant tique. Naturellement, j'étais un peu impressionnée par Arthur Miller parce que j'avais vu "Salesman" et "The Crucible" et je pensais, oh mon Dieu, que cet homme serait très triste tout le temps. La première fois que je l'ai vraiment rencontré, il faisait très chaud. John Huston a emmené Henri et moi là où ils nageaient et jouaient au tennis. Nous ne sommes pas allés dans la piscine car nous étions occupés à photographier.

Arthur was swimming a backstroke, and he told a very funny story, swimming all the time. It was a short story which he wrote about a guy who was making shoulder pads. I never heard of anyone making shoulder pads; that was in itself exotic. But it was a very funny story, and very long. And then he finished the story and got out of the water, and I got a whole new idea about Arthur Miller being a funny fellow.
Arthur nageait sur le dos et il a raconté une histoire très drôle, nageant tout le temps. C'était une histoire courte qu'il a écrite sur un gars qui fabriquait des épaulettes. Je n'ai jamais entendu parler de quelqu'un qui fabriquait des épaulettes; c'était en soi exotique. Mais c'était une histoire très drôle et très longue. Et puis il a terminé l'histoire et est sorti de l'eau, et j'ai eu une toute nouvelle idée du fait qu'Arthur Miller était un garçon marrant.

[© Inge Morath. Text compiled from a conversation with Inge Morath by Gail Levin for the film ‘Making the Misfits’, Great Performances, Thirteen/WNET, 2001.]

Both Arthur Miller’s and Inge Morath’s texts appear in Inge Morath’s The Road to Reno, edited by John P. Jacob. Steidl: Germany, 2006.

Set of "The Misfits". Marilyn Monroe. Reno, Nevada. USA. 1960. © Inge Morath | Magnum Photos

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