Marilyn Monroe

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Hugh Hefner Spent $75K to Be Buried Next to Marilyn Monroe

He bought the crypt next to hers in 1992

(Newser) - Marilyn Monroe was there when Hugh Hefner started Playboy—appearing on the cover of the first issue in 1953*—and will apparently be joined to Hefner permanently in the afterlife. TMZ reports Hefner, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, will be buried in a crypt immediately to the... More »

Marilyn's 'Birthday' Dress Sells for 400 Times Its Original Cost

Ripley's scoops it up for $4.8M

(Newser) - It might be the most famous birthday serenade in history, and a new auction only underscores the point. The silk dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962 has just sold for $4.8 million, reports CNN . More »

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 »

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 »

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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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 »

Screen Stunner Jane Russell Dead at 89

Buxom star of '40s, '50s films was active until the end

(Newser) - Screen bombshell and '40s pin-up girl Jane Russell has died at the age of 89. The busty brunette, discovered by billionaire Howard Hughes, was one of servicemen's favorite pin-ups in World War II before her screen career began with The Outlaw, filmed in 1940 but not released until 1946. She... More »

Sarah Palin Could Learn Something From Marilyn

Maureen Dowd: We shouldn't aspire to be ignorant

(Newser) - One of Sarah Palin's greatest sins is that she's "made ignorance fashionable," writes Maureen Dowd. Palin, in fact, revels in it. "You struggle to name Supreme Court cases, newspapers you read and even founding fathers you admire? No problem." It just proves you're not some Ivy... More »

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