Smash is Anything But

Smash debuted its second season last night in a two-hour, two-episode extravaganza. And although it's clear that everyone is working hard to sell this Broadway baby of a series, it still isn't as fun as it should be....more

Dorothy Parker on Marilyn Monroe

In my research on Marilyn Monroe I recently came across this letter written in February 1962 by Dorothy Parker to her friend, playwright John Patrick. In it she complains to him how Hollywood botched up a piece, "The Good Soup," a "nice little innocent French farce" that she had written for Marilyn....more

Marilyn Monroe Matters

It was just a year ago that I wrote a post about Marilyn Monroe's weight, "Why Marilyn Monroe ('s size) Still Matters" — it was in response to an article written about her in Slate that I found to be generally clueless about Marilyn, women's weight, and the perception of women in our society....more

All We Need is Love - And a Little Open Heart Surgery!

I was touched by this story I read regarding Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald (courtesy of ...more

Marilyn and Miller — The Playwright Prince and the Reluctant Showgirl

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Marilyn, Joe, and the Seven Year Itch

Here's another essay from the longer-format piece I'm working on about Marilyn Monroe.In The Seven Year Itch Marilyn Monroe played The Girl, the object of fantasy for Tom Ewell. A character with no known (to the audience or Ewell) name. It didn't matter. A tad ironic, considering how her name, her many names, played such an important part in who she became....more

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Original post on xoxoxo eHere's another essay from the longer-format piece I'm working on about Marilyn Monroe.Lorelei Lee, holding a tiara, "How do you put it around your neck?"Dorothy Shaw, "You don't, honey, it goes on your head!"Lorelei Lee, "You must think I was born yesterday."Dorothy Shaw, "Well, sometimes there's just no other possible explanation."...more

Tony Curtis and Some Like it Hot

Original post on xoxoxo e"Some people say that Some Like it Hot is the funniest movie ever made. I don't know. All I know is that it gave me a chance to work with four comic geniuses: I.A.L. Diamond, Jack Lemmon, Billy Wilder, and Marilyn Monroe."...more

Little Bits of Marilyn

Original post on xoxoxo eIn 1982, after his death, Actor's Studio Director Lee Strasberg's widow, his third wife Anna, found two boxes of poems and other writings by Marilyn Monroe. Monroe had named Strasberg the primary beneficiary in her will. Strasberg, however, had not followed Marilyn's final wishes:...more