This picture of MM is made entirely of candy. The hair is made of licorice, the face of gummy bears and the background from other candy. Pretty sweet!
When I was a kid, I started collecting pictures of Marilyn Monroe in a scrapbook. A folder of six or so was sold at the quick-stop type gas station in Sweetwater, Texas for less than a dollar. Eventually, I had two scrapbooks full of pictures and articles about Marilyn. I was too young to understand sex appeal, but I liked her in comic roles. She seemed innocent, sweet, and funny. When our family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1957, my scrapbooks disappeared. The movers must have stolen them. Today, they would probably be worth several dollars on eBay.
Fifty years have elapsed since Marilyn's death, and she is a "hot property" again in the media world. If you see two large scrapbooks of MM pictures for sale, please inform me ASAP!
LOS ANGELES (AP).- There is a career after death, at least if while alive
you wielded star power like Marilyn Monroe.
The bombshell actress
continues to be a successful celebrity brand even 50 years after she died on
Aug. 5, 1962, with a new digital emphasis to complement the wealth of photos,
fashion, films and other cultural touchstones she left behind.
ranked third last year in Forbes' annual list of top deceased celebrity earners,
generating $27 million and coming in behind Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
It was a comeback for the actress, who had fallen off the list the previous two
When the list is updated in the fall, it will likely show it has
been another lucrative year for the actress' estate, which was purchased in 2010
by Authentic Brands Group and its partner, NECA. The company is in the midst of
upgrading Monroe offerings from trinkets to cosmetic lines, spas, salons and
From beyond the grave, Monroe tweets at nearly 54,000 followers
from (at)marilynmonroe and has a website and official Facebook page with more
than 3.3 million fans. The messages often focus on fashion, body image and other
musings recorded while she was alive, as well as interacting with current
celebrities who express adoration for Monroe.
The digital efforts expose
a new generation to not only the actress' fashion and trivia about her life, but
also promote sales of Monroe's memorabilia and the NBC drama "Smash," which
follows fictional efforts to create a Broadway show based on Monroe's life.
"In some ways, she's more popular and well-known today than she was even
then," said Lawrence Schiller, a photographer who knew Monroe in the final
months of her life and photographed her last on-set photo shoot and author of
the memoir "Marilyn & Me."
Authentic Brands CEO Jamie Salter said
his company is making Monroe products more in line with the elegance of a star
who famously sang, "Diamonds Are a Girl's best Friend."
"Our aim has
been to clean up the brand," Salter said, with a shift away from "souvenir-type
stuff" and toward what he calls the mid-tier luxury business. Current partners
include Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, MAC Cosmetics and Marilyn Monroe Cafes, a
group of high-end coffee shops.
The estate also draws upon a wealth of
Monroe photographs, which continue to attract admirers and customers.
"It's women that have kept Marilyn alive, not men," Schiller said.
Schiller said that whenever a gallery exhibit of Monroe photos opens,
it's often teenage girls who come in the greatest numbers. They continue to be
fascinated with Monroe, but he said he's seen an evolution in the images that
people are interested in.
"In the '70s the pictures that were selling
were the ones that were very, very sexy," Schiller said. Since the early 2000s,
he said the top sellers haven't been Monroe's nudes but rather images that
accentuated her humanity.
"I think people want to see her now as a real
person," Schiller said. "They want to see her in a simpler way."
if he sees the fascination with Monroe enduring for another 50 years, Schiller
said a lot depends on whether communications remain a visual medium much as it
has in recent decades. "Our interests may change drastically," he said.
"It isn't that she's going to be replaced," he said. "No Lindsay Lohan
or Madonna or Lady Gaga is going to replace her."
National Writer Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.
This photo of MM is from the cute movie, "Seven Year Itch," one of my favorites. BL