Marilyn Monroe

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Desperate Marilyn Monroe Letter Up for Auction

She wrote to doctor about harrowing clinic experience

(Newser) - A carbon copy of a letter in which a troubled woman describes her enforced stay in a New York psychiatric clinic will be auctioned off this November—and since that woman is Marilyn Monroe, it's expected to sell for thousands of dollars. In the March 1961 letter to psychiatrist... More »

Marilyn Monroe's Old House May Get LA Politician Recalled

The house was demolished in June to make way for a condo

(Newser) - A Los Angeles city council member may lose his job because someone tore down a house once occupied by Marilyn Monroe, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Monroe lived in the Valley Village house a few miles north of Hollywood six decades ago, when she was 17-year-old Norma Jean Dougherty.... More »

Up for Auction: Marilyn Monroe's Love Letters

Including notes from Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller

(Newser) - It's no secret Joe DiMaggio loved Marilyn Monroe. The baseball great cried at her funeral and for 20 years had flowers placed at her crypt several times a week. The public displays were unusual for the famously stoic and private DiMaggio. Now, his heartbreak over the breakup of their... More »

7 Celebrity Ghosts

These stars have supposedly been spotted after their deaths

(Newser) - It's one thing to see a ghost—but a celebrity ghost? The Stir rounds up 15 late stars rumored to haunt the living, including:
  • Michael Jackson: A TV crew claims to have spotted his ghost at Neverland Ranch.
  • Marilyn Monroe: Her ghost has reportedly been sighted at her grave,
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10 Eerie Hollywood Deaths

Mysterious circumstances surround these celebrities

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy's sudden death has always been mysterious, especially when it was followed by the death of her husband, months later, apparently from the same cause. Now her dad wants the investigation into Murphy's death re-opened, because he thinks she was poisoned. The Huffington Post rounds up 30... More »

Marilyn Monroe Resurrected for Chanel Ad

In 1960 interview, she talked about her iconic quote

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe is doing a Chanel ad from beyond the grave, AFP reports. Last year, the fashion and fragrance company discovered a 1960 interview Monroe gave to Marie Claire, in which Monroe addresses her iconic quote about wearing Chanel No. 5 perfume to bed. (In 1952, she famously said she... More »

10 Stars Who Got Married at City Hall

It's more common than you might think

(Newser) - Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard quietly got married recently, but rather than throw a typical, huge wedding, they headed to City Hall and let a justice of the peace do the honors. Turns out it's not entirely uncommon among the stars. The Frisky rounds up nine more celebrity couples... More »

Book: Marilyn Told Jackie She Would Marry JFK

Author says Monroe called the first lady herself

(Newser) - It's not exactly a revelation these days that JFK had an affair with Marilyn Monroe while president, but a new book is making headlines for adding a new wrinkle. The book, by journalist Christopher Andersen, says Monroe actually called Jackie Kennedy and told her that JFK planned to marry... More »

For Sale: Last Photos Marilyn Sat for Before Death

Fashion photographer Bert Stern apparently brought music, champagne

(Newser) - A rare portfolio of photographs from Marilyn Monroe's last sitting is up for grabs to the highest bidder. Fashion photographer Bert Stern, who died in June at age 83, took more than 2,500 photos of the Hollywood icon over three days at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.... More »

FBI Worried Marilyn Monroe Was Communist

Newly redacted files shed light on agency's fruitless monitoring

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe's FBI files are finally getting unredacted (well, mostly), more than 50 years after the icon's death, reports the AP . The files show that Monroe had been monitored since 1955 by the agency, which was concerned because some of the actress's acquaintances were suspected of having... More »

5 Secret Celebrity Affairs

Kirstie Alley revealed 2 just this week

(Newser) - Blindsided by the fact that Kirstie Alley apparently had emotional affairs with both Patrick Swayze and John Travolta ? The Huffington Post lists five more celebrity romances that flew surprisingly under the radar:
  • Jermaine Jackson (we're sorry, Jacksun ) reportedly had an affair with Whitney Houston in the 1980s.
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Marilyn Monroe Seduced Women: New Books

One lover was just 16, author claims

(Newser) - Was Marilyn Monroe a lesbian? Two new books allege that the iconic sex symbol had affairs with women:
  • Radar talks to Tony Jerris, author of Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret. Jerris claims Monroe met Jane Lawrence when the girl was just 12 years old and Monroe was 26. They bonded
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Revealed: Why Marilyn Posed Nude

Monroe was jealous of Elizabeth Taylor: memoir

(Newser) - A new memoir reveals that it was simple jealousy of Elizabeth Taylor that spurred Marilyn Monroe to pose nude. Monroe agreed to be naked while exiting a swimming pool during a photo shoot, as long as Taylor did not appear in any magazines running the images, reports Vanity Fair, which... More »

Grauman's May Relocate Some Older Star Prints

Meanwhile, critics carp about too many new Hollywood additions

(Newser) - The forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre hosts handprints of Hollywood royalty from Marilyn Monroe to Robert Pattinson. But after years of wear, some of the most iconic imprints—such as Groucho Marx's—may be moved to more protected spots, says the theater's co-owner. Meanwhile, the tourist destination... More »

Sexiest Woman of All Time Is ...

Jennifer Aniston, then Raquel Welch, says Men's Health

(Newser) - Men's Health has managed to rank the "100 hottest women of all time," with Jennifer Aniston leading the pack. Here's the top 5:
  1. Aniston: She is and always has been "funny, sexy, and unmistakably real." (Aniston herself picks Gloria Steinem as No. 1
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Michelle Williams Shines as Marilyn

But the rest of the movie is pretty slight

(Newser) - Critics are positively giddy about Michelle Williams' performance in My Week With Marilyn, a new comedy based on Colin Clark's memoir about the week he spent at a cabin getaway with Marilyn Monroe. Here's what the critics are saying: More »

15 Highest-Earning Dead Celebs

Michael Jackson tops the list again

(Newser) - When you’re a celebrity, dying doesn’t have to mean you stop making money. Forbes offers up its annual list of the top-earning celebs of the past year:
  1. Michael Jackson: The King of Pop is in the top spot for the second year in a row, earning $170 million
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Man Claims to Have Marilyn Monroe Sex Tape

Spanish collector plans to auction grainy, 8-mm film

(Newser) - A Spanish collector plans to auction what he claims is a newly discovered 8-mm version of a film purportedly showing Marilyn Monroe having sex when she was still an underage actress known as Norma Jean Baker. Collector Mikel Barsa said in an interview yesterday that he wants at least $500,... More »

Marilyn Monroe Statue Features Lacy Surprise

The 26-foot sculpture features clearly visible undies

(Newser) - It's safe to say nobody is having their picture taken as much in Chicago right now as Marilyn Monroe. The scene in a plaza along Michigan Avenue resembles a movie premiere, with dozens of people clicking pictures as fast as they could at a 26-foot-tall sculpture of the Blonde... More »

A Piece of Movie History Sells for $5.6M

Iconic dress Marilyn Monroe wore in 'Seven Year Itch' sets record

(Newser) - Actress Debbie Reynolds decided to unload the 3,500 movies costumes she has amassed over the years, and one of the very first ones to sell brought in quite the price: $5.6 million. That was what one lucky bidder spent to acquire Marilyn Monroe's white "subway" dress,... More »

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