Ella Fitzgerald had become her favorite singer, and when she found out that a popular club had refused to book Ella because she was black, Marilyn took action.
Quote from Ella: "I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt. It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the '50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocomabo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him - and it was true, due to Marilyn's superstar status - that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn't know it".
I adore Marilyn. Isn't this a great story?
This is one of my favourite photos of Marilyn, it for some reason, maybe for it's pure simplicity & innocent energy, brings out a lot of emotions in me. The first being Anger. How she was treated like some dumb blond and I believe rather forced or brought on the overdose of pills that killed this marvelous creature, perhaps as a cover up or a broken heart. Either way you look at it. THEY killed her.
Another favourite, for this photo makes me want to cry for some reason. She seems happy, content and serene. Adorable in a peasant skirt and clogs. Photo by Milton Greene. Simple.
Marilyn Monroe posed for a series of photographs taken by Richard Avedon in 1958, as five of the original sex symbols of the silver screen: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Russell and Theda Bara. The ultimate sex goddess, embodying other sex goddesses through the decades. I've never seen these photos before as I can recall? and I'm quite taken by them. Marilyn must have admired these screen goddesses, and wanted to be like them. She ultimately became more famous then any of them. :(
~ Marilyn as Clara Bow ~
~ Marilyn as Theda Bara ~
~ Marilyn as Lillian Russel ~
~ Marilyn as Jean Harlow ~
~ Marilyn as Marlene Dietrich ~
~ Marilyn as Herself ~
"She was so lovely and too young to die. God bless her...I never met Marilyn Monroe, but if I had, I would have tried very hard to help her...A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry when one is tired, hurt, and bewildered."
~ Clara Bow ~
Liz will have to be another day, I'm tired these days.
I'm not usually so fond of perfect features, I find imperfections to be charming, beautiful and what makes a woman's face interesting. But somehow, Elizabeth's perfect, magnetic beauty is just perfect. It takes my breath away.
This must be one of the best photos of Liz. Classic. Richard Avedon, NY, 1958