Thursday, September 9, 2010

Marilyn Monroe in a Beautiful Hat

Here's Marilyn in an attractive hat, rivaling Bianca. I never saw her so healthy looking. Also I've never seen her with her eyebrows so pointed. I believe the photographer was Milton H. Greene. She had the world on a string, then brazenly left Hollywood at the very pinnacle of her career. She wanted to study acting with Lee Strasberg. She also began an affair with playwright Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman).

Marilyn signed a contract with 20th Century Fox which allowed her to choose her directors. At the same time the contract allowed her to star in other movies at different studios. With Milton H. Greene she formed Marilyn Monroe Productions. Everybody complained about her lateness on the set during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957); Some Like It Hot (1959); The Misfits (1961). But it was her money that was footing the bill.

A lot of times her male co-stars despised her, like Sir Laurence Olivier. He said, "I didn't know -- I thought I was going to fall in love with her. But she made such a fool out of me. These were my men (the crew) and she made it terribly difficult to continue,"(paraphrase). That concerned the movie The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) when she was honeymooning with Arthur Miller. Her money was footing the bill again and she wanted to have Lee Strasberg direct her. It did not come about and Marilyn blamed Greene for not having the temerity to tell Olivier that Marilyn wanted another director. Olivier and Vivian Leigh starred in the play onstage.

What these women could do for the milliners' industry...

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