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Megan Fox and Marilyn Monroe

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I’ve added actress Megan Fox‘s tattoo to the website here.  I haven’t seen any of her films so I can’t comment on her acting or anything but I’m happy to see someone promoting our girl like that and she seems like a real fan.  Here is some more info:

Fox is particularly proud of her tattooed Monroe tribute – because she has dreamed of the design since she was a kid: “She’s a piece of artwork to me.  I committed to having her face on my arm for the rest of my life, so I have to be a pretty big fan.”

She adds, “Not in the sense that I ever want to emulate her. I just have a connection that I had from childhood. It’s what you’re exposed to and what makes sense to you when you’re a kid. I got it done after the first Transformers.”

Fox already has eight tattoos and now she’s hoping to add to the design on her arm – and become one of the most unpopular stars among makeup artists. She says, “I’m going to sleeve my right arm. I’m not sure what I’m going to get, but it’ll be a big piece of artwork from my shoulder to my elbow. You know, Ewan McGregor has a half- sleeve. People don’t even know. It’s an extra 30 minutes in the makeup chair. So what?”


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Photographer Jack Cardiff has died

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British director and acclaimed cameraman Jack Cardiff, who won a cinematography Oscar for 1948’s Black Narcissus, has died at aged 94.

No details about how Cardiff died have been made public yet.

The director and cinematographer is much admired by many in the business for both his skills.

American director Martin Scorsese once said that Cardiff could “paint with the camera” and praised an 18-minute dance sequence in the 1948 film The Red Shoes, which Cardiff filmed, as “a moving painting.”

Some of the more notable movies Cardiff worked on as a cinematographer include John Huston’s The African Queen (1950),War and Peace (1954), Death on the Nile(1978), Conan the Destroyer (1984) andRambo: First Blood Part II (1985).

He was also the cameraman for The Prince and the Showgirl, a 1957 British film starring Marilyn Monroe and co-starring Laurence Olivier, who also directed.

Monroe once described Cardiff’s filmmaking skills as “the best in the world.”

Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to music hall entertainers, Cardiff once said immersion in the world of theatre bolstered his desire to create scenes. He spent much of his childhood watching art directors paint backdrops in theatres and setting up lights.

‘Light and colour became my world’

“I was fascinated by two men up in the wings, one on each side of the stage, following the actors with a spotlight,” he wrote in an article in 2007.

“I spent a lot of time with them and a stirring was born in me which I later recognised as an urge to create. Light and colour became my world.”

In 1937, he shot Wings of the Morning, the first film in Britain to be shot in Technicolor, and he eventually graduated to directing, adapting D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers to the screen in 1960.

He once said of all the films he worked on, he is most proud of Sons and Lovers, which he described as the most difficult shoot.

“I wanted to make it into a good film because the book is marvellous and I didn’t want to let the author down.”

Cardiff — who said he would have been painter if he had not worked in film — was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 and was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2001.

-courtesy of CBC.ca

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Marilyn Monroe by Laze & Royal

I featured this great song called “Marilyn Monroe” on the latest podcast.  I’ve communicated with Laze & Royal and they gave me permission to make this music video featuring some great photos of our girl.

I have a lot of respect for these guys, here was the response when I asked where this single can be purchased….

“We’re huge Marilyn fans as well so i’d rather her love and beauty be spread and carry on then care about how much money we get from a download you know. ”  Laze & Royal

It will be on iTunes in a few weeks so I hope people will support them.

Hope you enjoy it!

This video can be downloaded in high quality at www.imarilyn.com for free.

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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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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.   

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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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