If you are in or around the DERBY area, get yourself along to QUAD Cinema, as they are screening “The Seven Year Itch” 23rd March at 3pm and “Bus Stop” April 7th at 2.30pm.
These films are being screened to compliment a new photography exhibition showcasing Marilyn Monroe lookalikes. Simply called “Marilyn” the free event is running until the 14th April.
The website says:
“The promise and the peril of the Hollywood Dream can be embodied in one person: Marilyn Monroe. It has been over half a century since her death and her image seems stronger now than ever. Many who recognize Marilyn don’t know her movies, yet they accept her as the classic example of glamor and stardom. Marilyn is the ultimate symbol of Hollywood, but also a cautionary tale of the cost of fame.
But despite the dark side of her story, she represents a place that inspires the imagination and offers a faraway glimmer of hope, generation after generation. When Emily Berl moved to Los Angeles in 2012 pursuing the Hollywood Dream, she began to notice the face of Marilyn Monroe everywhere: T-shirts, murals, magazines. Her image was so ubiquitous that it blended into everyday life.
But what Marilyn Monroe represents is not restricted to one city. All over the world, there are women who dress as her, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans. For them, Marilyn represents an important part of their lives, for some a lifelong career, for others a focus of deep love and dedication.
The project Marilyn is a series of photographs of women who dress as Marilyn Monroe and examine the star’s endurance alongside that of the Hollywood Dream.”
This coming weekend sees the 91st Academy Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Marilyn only ever attended one Oscar Award Ceremony and that was on March 29th 1951. Held at the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Marilyn presented the ‘Best Sound Mixing Award’ to Thomas Moulton, for his work in “All About Eve” which Marilyn also had a supporting role in.
“All About Eve” would go on to win a further 5 Awards and was nominated a staggering 14 times. “All About Eve” received more nominations than any other film in Oscar History, until 1997 when “Titanic” tied the record. Marilyn surely must have felt an enormous sense of pride to have been involved (no matter how small a part she had) in such a highly respected and multi award winning movie.
Marilyn wore an evening gown of black tulle by desginer Charles LeMaire. The extremely low-cut sweetheart neckline was obscured with a layer of tulle that could be worn up over the shoulders, or pulled down. Clusters of sequins brightened up the many yards of fabric that made up the skirt. Shortly before taking the stage, Marilyn noticed that the skirt was torn. She panicked and while Jane Greer, Debra Paget and Gloria DeHaven soothed her nerves, a seamstress rushed over and repaired the damage. The gown was a hand-me-down, originally worn by Valentia Cortese in ‘The House on Telegraph Hill,’ filmed several months before this event.
Although Marilyn herself as an Actress would never go on to win, or even be nominated for an Academy Award, some of her feature films were:
The Academy Awards 1961 LET’S MAKE LOVE
“Best Music/ Scoring of an Original Picture- Lionel Newman and Earle Hagen.”
The Academy Awards 1960 SOME LIKE IT HOT
“Best Costume Design, Black and White.”
“Best Actor in a Leading Role- Jack Lemmon.”
“Best Director- Billy Wilder.”
“Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium- Billy Wilder, I.A.L Diamond.”
“Best Cinematography, Black and White- Charles Lang.”
“Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Black and White- Ted Haworth and Edward G. Boyle.”
The Academy Awards 1957 BUS STOP
“Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Don Muray.”
The Academy Awards 1955 THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
“Best Writing/Motion Picture Story- Lamar Trotti.”
“Best Costume Design-Colour- Travilla, Charles Le Maire and Miles White.”
The Academy Awards 1954 HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
“Best Costume Design- Colour- Travilla and Charles Le Maire.”
The 1951 Academy Awards ALL ABOUT EVE
“Best Picture- Darryl F. Zanuck.”
“Best Director- Joseph L. Mankiewicz.”
“Best Actor in a Supporting Role- George Sanders.”
“Best Writing/Screenplay – Joseph L. Mankiewicz.”
“Best Costume Design Black and White- Charles Le Maire and Edith Head.”
“Best Sound Recording- Thomas T. Moulton.”
“Best Actress in a Leading Role- Bette Davis.”
“Best Actress in a Leading Role- Anne Baxter.”
“Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Celeste Holm.”
“Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Thelma Ritter.”
“Best Cinematography, Black-and-White- Milton S. Kranser.”
“Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White- George W. Davis, Thomas Little, Walter M. Scott, Lyle R. Wheeler.”
“Best Film Editing- Barbara MaClean.”
“Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture- Alfred Newman.”
The 1951 Academy Awards
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
“Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Sam Jaffe”
“Best Director-John Huston”
“Best Writing, Screenplay-Ben Maddow and John Huston”
“Best Cinematography, Black-and-White”
“Marilyn In Fashion: The Enduring Influence Of Marilyn Monroe” by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno.
Award season is well underway in Tinsletown as the Golden Globe Award ceremony is taking place at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in California tonight (Jan 5th 2020.)
Thoughts always turn to Marilyn and her peers whenever the annual celebrations of awarding the entertainments finest takes place. You remember all the talented individuals and classic Old Hollywood films that made their mark and took home the industries most coveted accolades.
Marilyn herself was nominated three times for a Golden Globe Award in her lifetime, taking home two out of the three nominations.
Golden Globes Won: * 1962 Henrietta Award For World Film Favourite. * 1960 Actress In A Leading Role Or Comedy (Some Like It Hot.)
Nominated: *1957 Actress In A Leading Role – Musical Or Comedy (Bus Stop.)
In addition to that, many of the films that Marilyn Monroe starred or featured in, were Golden Globe Award winners in their own right:
Golden Globe Winners and Nominees:
‘All About Eve’ * 1951 Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Joseph L. Mankiewicz (WINNER) * 1951 Best Director – Joseph L. Mankiewicz (NOMINEE)
* 1951 Best Preformance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Thelma Ritter (NOMINEE) *1951 Best Preformance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – George Sanders (NOMINEE) * 1951 Best Preformance By An Actress In A Leading Role – Bette Davis (NOMINEE)
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH
*1956 Best Actor In A Leading Role – Tom Ewell (WINNER)
*1957 Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy (NOMINEE) * 1957 Best Actress In A Leading Role – Marilyn Monroe (NOMINEE)
SOME LIKE IT HOT
*1960 Best Motion Picture – Comedy (WINNER) *1960 Best Actress In A Leading Role Musical Or Comedy – Marilyn Monroe (WINNER) *1960 Best Actor In A Leading Role Musical Or Comedy – Jack Lemmon (WINNER)
LET’S MAKE LOVE
*1961 Best Picture – Musical (NOMINEE)
Marilyn attended the 17th Golden Globe Awards held on Tuesday, March 8th at the Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, when she won as Best Actress for the comedy Some Like It Hot. Looking every inch the movie star, photographs show just how elated she was that night, as if she were on top of the world.
A year later she returned on March 5th 1962 on the arm of Jose Bolanos, but some of the most iconic pictures of her that night saw her with friend and fellow actor Rock Hudson. She wore a shimmering green evening gown with earrings given to her by Frank Sinatra. The gown was one of the many items auctioned off at the famous Christie’s 1999 auction, fetching $96,000. Most recently, her 1961 World Film Favourite Golden Globe was auctioned off for a staggering and record breaking $250,000.
Freud Museum, London. United Kingdom, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5SX
PROJECTIONS: Marilyn Monroe’s onscreen persona
Three Week Evening Course
Norma Jeane Baker transformed into Marilyn Monroe inside Hollywood’s ravenous glare. She began her entertainment career as a pinup model and soon secured her place as a bona fide international movie star. The ever-luminous Marilyn stole every scene she appeared in; many cinema scholars equate Monroe with the essence of the art form itself, due to the magic she invariably conjured up on the silver screen. She possessed an instinctive and sophisticated understanding of how to construct memorable images, and was not afraid of being vulnerable in her artistic process.
But beauty, talent and success did not diminish the pain of emotional difficulties Marilyn lived through. Abandoned in childhood by her parents, she experienced the vagaries of fame in her professional life, was bullied by powerful studio bosses, had three unsuccessful marriages and endured fertility problems, turning to alcohol and pills to cope with debilitating neuroses. Beneath the social mask of cheerful joie de vivre, Marilyn suffered enormously – and had the wherewithal to channel sorrow into her craft, evident in her interest in psychoanalysis and reliance on Method Acting to deliver authentic performances. Her untimely death at the age of 36 did not stop the ascension of her star in popular culture; quite the opposite, film experts and amateurs alike see her as a modern-day Aphrodite.
In this new PROJECTIONS series, we will examine the creation of Marilyn Monroe’s onscreen persona, and the psychological underpinnings that shaped not only how she projected herself, but also the ways in which film audiences continue to respond to her. We will consider the symbolism contained in Marilyn’s most famous film characters within three categories: the origins of her celebrity, the establishment of her icon, and a burning desire to disrupt widespread perceptions of who she was.
Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions (see filmography below).
Week 1 – A STAR IS BORN
Ladies of the Chorus (1948), All About Eve (1950), Monkey Business (1952), Niagara (1953)
Week 2 – ICONIC PERFORMANCES
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), The Seven-Year Itch (1955), Some Like It Hot (1959)
Week 3 – ROCKING THE BOAT
Bus Stop (1956), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), Let’s Make Love (1960), The Misfits (1961)