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Marilyn Monroe is Hollywood’s greatest and most enduring icon of American pop culture. Her name and image personify glamour and sex appeal. Despite being a top-billed actress during the decade of the 1950s, today – more than half a century later – her popularity somehow transcends time.
Hyperbole aside, this extraordinary Marilyn Monroe collection represents a “last chance” opportunity. We know of no other private collection containing the breadth and scope presented here. From iconic screen worn costumes from Marilyn’s greatest titles, like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Prince and the Showgirl, and The Seven Year Itch, to personal wardrobe worn in her everyday life. Also present are deeply personal childhood photographs with her handwritten notes, including her baby photo with the note, “Me when I was very small,” another bearing the note, “First boyfriend. Lester Bolender and Norma Jeane, both age 5”. From later in life, are images of Norma Jeane from her wedding to first husband Jim Dougherty, followed by a selection of rare photographs from her first modeling jobs.
The finest artifact documenting the discovery and transformation of Norma Jeane into megastar Marilyn Monroe is the oversize photograph on which she inscribes to actor/studio executive Ben Lyon, “Dear Ben, You found me, named me and believed in me when no one else did. My thanks and love forever. Marilyn”. Perhaps the greatest artifact exemplifying how seriously Marilyn studied her craft, we have her personal working shooting script from The Seven Year Itch featuring well over 500 words in her hand, plus hundreds of minor edits to hone her character as “The Girl”.
There is literally something here for every fan of the cultural icon whose star has never shined brighter. We hope you enjoy perusing these pages celebrating the life and career of Marilyn Monroe.