Monthly Archives: March 2009

My Marilyn Podcast Episode #54

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On this episode:

  • Photographer Joseph Jasgur has died
  • Marilyn’s bench replaced at Westwood
  • Comment from Lisa – Have you visited the Studio Club?
  • Winner of replica Niagara dress announced! 
  • New Franklin Mint doll based on Life Magazine cover
  • New Barbie
  • Marilyn Monroe Eyewear by Optiq – win sunglasses on next show!
  • Song inspired by Marilyn:  Marilyn Monroe by Laze & Royal 
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    Photographer Joseph Jasgur has died

    joeJOSEPH JASGUR, the photographer who helped launch MARILYN MONROE’s career, has died two days before his 90th birthday.  Jasgur, who passed away at a Florida nursing home on Saturday (21Mar09), took the first professional shots of the actress, who was 19 when she posed for him in 1946.
    Back then, the snapper described her as a “plain, ordinary girl” who was hoping to break into modelling.  His shots of Monroe made up part of the portfolio that won the actress a deal with 20th Century Fox.  Jasgur spent the final years of his life trying to win back the legal rights to the photos he took of Monroe. The photographer was also one of Hollywood’s first paparazzi, and also made a living by beating the police to crime scenes and taking photos.

    He is most famous for his assertion in his book, “The Birth of Marilyn” that Marilyn had six toes on her left foot.  His proof was a photo of Norma Jeane standing in the sand with what appeared to be an extra toe.  Of course, this whole story was concieved in order to sell more books and gain interest in his photos.  There are many photos of Marilyn’s feet taken before and after this photo which show her with the normal set of 5 toes. 

    I met Jasgur in 2001 during a Marilyn trip to LA.  He was gracious to fans and would glady sign books and he had posters he was giving away.  I was impressed by how he treated fans as I have had bad experiences with another famous Marilyn photographer (who shall remain nameless).   He was taken advantage of in his later years;  he lost the rights to his photos and married a woman less than half his age.  It is sad that he ended up penniless in a nursing home.


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    New Franklin Mint Marilyn Monroe Doll – Cover Queen

    She is based on the 1952 Life Magazine cover.  You can order her by visiting the Franklin Mint section of my website HERE (scroll to the bottom).  She is made of poseable vinyl and is a limited edition of 1000.


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    Marilyn’s Bench Replaced at Westwood

    I wanted to forward this message from The Marilyn Remembered Fan Club:

    For many years a bench was positioned near Marilyn Monroe’s crypt at Westwood Memorial Park.  This bench, provided by the Marilyn Remembered Fan Club and the All About Marilyn Fan Club in 1992, allowed for a place near Marilyn where visitors could spend time contemplating her life, thinking about Marilyn, or just visiting her. 

    bench2Unfortunately, in mid 2008, due to age and normal wear and tear, this concrete bench began to crumble, and actually fell apart.  In late 2008 the Marilyn Remembered Fan Club took action to replace the bench and reached out to fans all over the world, inviting them to contribute to the cause of replacing the bench. 

    In February of 2009 a beautiful new bench of pearl white granite was installed.  This bench will be formally dedicated at the 2009 Marilyn Monroe Memorial.  This bench was paid for solely with donations and contributions from fans all over the world.   


    The Marilyn Remembered Fan Club recognizes and thanks the following fans who donated to this cause, and ultimately to our goal of keeping the legend of Marilyn Monroe Alive.

    Stuart Coates
    Kristie Hallstrom
    Nicola Mensah
    Lynda Lombardi
    Dimitri Merritt
    Diane Erth
    Rita Oliveira
    Kenneth Braasch
    Anthony Milanez
    Peter Fraser
    Deborah Hoyle
    Amy Condit
    Rebecca Swift
    Peter Schnug
    Cindy Lear
    Andrew & Denise Weiss
    Geenie Stevens & John Chinn
    Greg Schreiner
    Scott Fortner
    Irene Agnew
    Joe Doyle
    Lois Banner
    Lorraine Trevena
    Melinda Mason
    David Langrick
    Robert Siney
    David Marshall
    Martin and Velma Chavez
    Emma Downing Warren
    Catherine Yule
    Mikayel Sharafyan
    Dawn Jones
    Bruce Maki
    Kim Mullins

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    Marilyn Monroe Eyewear by Optiq Frames

    frames1I wanted to share my new glasses from the Marilyn Monroe collection by Optiq Frames.  They have some interesting frames and I did find one pair I really liked.  Obviously, these are not based on anything Marilyn actually wore – they are not vintage looking. 

    However,  I do like the styles that have her name on them and that is what I got.  I picked the green ones with “Marilyn” on each arm.  They also have some rhinestones on the sides.  The really cool thing is on the inside of one arm is a tiny photo of Marilyn!  What a neat detail!  These come from the Shaw Family Archives.





     The eyewear line also features sunglasses, however, none of them have “Marilyn” on them.  A few sunglass styles do have a “M” surrounded by a circle of rhinestones.  I like them – they also feature the same Marilyn image on the inside of the arm.  You will be able to win your own pair of Marilyn sunglasses pictured below on the April Podcast – so stay tuned.











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    New Marilyn Barbie Now Available!

    The newly released Marilyn Monroe Blonde Ambition Barbie is now available and she looks great!  Please visit the Barbie section of my site  HERE   to order yours!  I don’t think they have hit Canada yet but I can’t wait to get one.  What do you think of her?



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    New Tattoo and Fan added

    I added my fellow Canadian Nicole’s tattoo here .


    I also added Frederic Cabanas (author of several Marilyn books including Marilyn in Spain) to the fans in her hands section here.


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