Lauren, Katherine, Lana too…

I watched the movie “Tommy” this weekend and was reminded what a classic beauty Ann Margret is. Looking at her made me think of woman today and I just can’t pinpoint what made the older movie stars seem so much more glamorous then today. It makes me think that the more natural look is “sexier” then all the plastic surgery of today. And also, I don’t think they had Photoshop in the 60’s so Marilyn really looked the way you saw her.

 I’m sure most would disagree with me but I think woman have lost that glamour of old Hollywood.

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Going Once…going twice

Monroe Presley Auction

If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan, have money to spare and would like to own some history then mark your calander for June 26th and 27th. Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas will be auctioning off some of her memorabilia that has never been offered before (along with some of Elvis’s things but I’m not an Elvis fan). I personally think it would be very cool to own something that Marilyn once had but my wallet wont allow that. I think if I could choose the one item I would want most it would be the white dress that she wore while standing over the manhole. That has to be the most classic item out there.

I have said it once and I will say it again…Marilyn Monroe was not only one of the most famous sex symbols but she was the symbol of “Hollywood”! Her death was a big mystery and I still insist there is more to the story then we know.

Any Marilyn fans out there? What one item would you want to own?

Monroe Presley Auction

Monroe Presley Auction

Mystery Solved?

 Last night I watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer which first aired in 1964. I’m sure any true fan of this holiday classic has Googled “why is the doll on the Island of Misfits”. This has been a mystery for years, almost as big as how did Marilyn Monroe really die. What, you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, then you must be new to Rudolph. You see there is an Island of misfit toys, for example there is a Charlie in the Box…his name should be Jack. There is also a train with square wheels and a toy bird that swims instead of flies. Then there is this doll…I have examined her very closely even making sure her pig tails were the same length. I, along with everyone else, could not figure out why she was on this island.  It gets weirder…

According to Arthur Rankin (the show’s producer) the Misfit Dolly’s problem was psychological, caused when she was abandoned by her mistress and suffered depression from being unloved.  C’mon, did he really say that…according to the renowned Wikipedia, he did. Now I can see that happening if the show was made in today’s time but how insightful for Arthur to give her this problem back in the 60’s instead of something like her not being able to say Mama. He knew how messed up our world would eventually get.

If the show was produced today who would be on the Island of Misfits- can you add to my list

Xbox 350

Tickle me Elmo that cries

An ipod that keeps repeating the same song

Mr. Sweet Potato Head

A Scrabble game with all Z’s

The Spirit of Kate, part 2

 The Beautiful Stranger” as Kate Morgan is known as at the Hotel Del Coronado did not appear to myself or my 12 year old companion (Shelby). Checking into our “spirit’s” room was very exciting for me; I have always been intrigued with her story. Upon entering the room I felt very peaceful, there wasn’t a bad vibe or anything that would feel eerie which I’m sure everyone has experienced…even Shelby commented how calming it felt. A hotel guest asked me while I was exiting our room if it felt “scary” in there; I told her it actually felt quite the opposite. Kate is definitely happy at the Del.

  We both talked to Kate as though she was in the room with us (no, I’m not a freak). There was one small oddity that did happen…before going to bed we both looked around the room for placement of everything since Kate has been known to move things around. I commented how the bathroom and closet door were both open. Since Shelby was sleeping right next to the bathroom door (and we were watching Scream) she got up and closed the door. I got up during the night to use the bathroom and the door was open…wide open. First thing in the morning I asked her if she opened it and she said “no”. I’m not saying it was Kate but that was the only odd thing that occurred. It was funny hearing people in the halls coming to look at the room and take pictures of themselves in front of the door. It is quite the tourist attraction.

To complete our Kate experience we then went to her grave (she is buried in San Diego). I don’t know why she intrigues me but she does. No one ever claimed her 24 year old body which is sad. If you want to read more about Kate there is a book written called “The Beautiful Stranger” which is the official account of her 1892 visit to the Hotel Del Coronado.

P.S… Rumor has it Kate was very jealous of Marilyn Monroe who filmed Some Like it Hot at the Del. To read more about Kate…

Goodbye Norma Jeane

Tomorrow will be the 46th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. I would say I’m an “odd” fan of hers; I am mesmerized by her photos. There is something there that I can not explain, she is just so beautiful. I have only seen a couple of her movies, the draw is not there, but give me a book of photos and I’m hooked. Other people loved & admired Marilyn…

Richard Avedon, photographer – “People don’t realize it, but she invented Marilyn Monroe”.

 

 

Darryl Zanuck, president of 20th Century Fox – “Nobody discovered her, she earned her own way to stardom”

Clark Gable – “Marilyn is a kind of ultimate. She is uniquely feminine”

Nunnally Johnson, producer – “Marilyn’s a phenomenon of nature, like Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. All you can do is stand back and be awed by it”.

Liz Smith – “Few will remember the Marilyn of 1955. Well, I prefer that empowered woman”.

Marilyn Monroe – “Please don’t make me a joke” (1962).

I always wondered what happened that night of August 5th, 1962. My instinct tells me something wrong happened but we will probably never know.

To read more awesome quotes about Marilyn…

Lauren, Katherine, Lana too…

I watched the movie “Tommy” this weekend and was reminded what a classic beauty Ann Margret is. Looking at her made me think of woman today and I just can’t pinpoint what made the older movie stars seem so much more glamorous then today. It makes me think that the more natural look is “sexier” then all the plastic surgery of today. And also, I don’t think they had Photoshop in the 60’s so Marilyn really looked the way you saw her.

 I’m sure most would disagree with me but I think woman have lost that glamour of old Hollywood.

 

One out of Ten

 I read a list in the paper yesterday and according to Forbes, the top ten earning dead celebs for 2007 are-

  • 1. Elvis Presley, $49 million
  • 2. John Lennon, $44 million
  • 3. Charles M. Schulz, $35 million
  • 4. George Harrison, $22 million
  • 5. Albert Einstein, $18 million
  • 6. Andy Warhol, $15 million
  • 7. Dr. Suess, $13 million
  • 8. Tupac Shakur, $9 million
  • 9. Marilyn Monroe, $7 million
  • 10. Steve McQueen, $6 million

First of all, who the heck is Tupac Shakur and my biggest surprise, only ONE woman? We even have a hard time competing in the afterlife. How could Steve McQueen beat out Greta Garbo, she’s even in a Madonna song.