Remembering Richard Widmark, who passed away on 24th March 2008. Marilyn co-starred with him in the 1952 film “Don’t Bother to Knock.” Widmark and Monroe also starred in “O’Henry’s Full House,” but neither had scenes together.
Widmark was quoted: “Marilyn Monroe wanted to be this great star but acting just scared the hell out of her. That’s why she was always late–couldn’t get her on the set. She had trouble remembering lines. But none of it mattered. With a very few special people, something happens between the lens and the film that is pure magic. And she really had it.”
William “Bill” Travilla, known professionally as “Travilla” was an American costume designer for theatre, film and television. Marilyn fans will know him best as being the head costume designer on eight of her films:
Monkey Business (1952)
Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
River of No Return (1954)
Seven Year Itch (1955)
Bus Stop (1956)
“She was so childlike she could do anything, and you could forgive as you would forgive a seven year old. She was both a woman and a baby, and both men and women adored her.”
The admiration for Marilyn was clearly reciprocated, as Monroe once autographed a nude calendar for him with the words:
“Billy Dear, please dress me forever. I love you, Marilyn”
Travilla had a long and varied career spanning more than 4 decades, he created some of the most iconic looks in film and television and was nominated for an Academy Award four times, eventually winning in 1950 for his work on “The Adventures of Don Juan.”
Travilla passed away on November 2nd 1990 aged 70.
Today we are wishing the immensely talented Anne Bancroft many happy returns on what would have been her 86th birthday.
Bancroft was an actress, director, screenwriter and singer. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, Bancroft was acknowledged for her work in film, theatre and television. She won one Academy Award, three BAFTA awards, two Golden Globes, two Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards and several other awards and nominations.
Starting her career in television, she had her big break into movies at the tender age of 19, when she landed the role of Lyn Lesley, alongside Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark in the 1952 suspense drama: “Don’t Bother To Knock.”
Recalling her time on the set, Bancroft once remembered: “It was a remarkable experience. Because it was one of those very few times in all my experiences in Hollywood when I felt that give and take that can only happen when you are working with good actors. There was just this scene of one woman seeing another woman who was helpless and in pain, and [Marilyn] was helpless and in pain. It was so real, I responded. I really reacted to her. She moved me so that tears came into my eyes.”
Happy Birthday to a remarkable and talented lady, always missed.
Great news for Marilyn movie fans. One of her earliest starring roles: “Don’t Bother To Knock” is finally coming to Blu Ray for the first time ever. It’s being released on March 20th through a company called “Screen Archives Entertainment” but you’ll have to be quick if you want to secure yourself a copy, as it’s being limited to only 3,000 copies.
What’s even more exciting, is that it comes with some great special features, including the wonderful documentary “Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess,” as well as Isolated Music Track, another documentary on Marilyn’s co-star “Richard Widmark: Strength of Characters” and the original theatrical trailer.