1958: Marilyn Monroe Poses for Life Magazine and Richard Avedon

In 1958, Life Magazine invited Marilyn Monroe and photographer Richard Avedon to recreate images of five celebrated actresses of different eras.  Entitled “Fabled Enchantresses,” the piece was part of the magazine’s December 22 “Christmas” issue and included an article by Marilyn’s playwright husband, Arthur Miller, entitled “My Wife, Marilyn.”

Avedon found in Marilyn an easy subject to work with, “She gave more to the still camera than every other actress – every other woman – I had the opportunity to photograph…” He added that she was more patient with him and more demanding of herself than others  and that she was more comfortable in front of the camera than when not posing.

For my tribute to the luminous star,  Marilyn Monroe: Out of a Dream go to: http://eves-reel-life.blogspot.com/2012/08/marilyn-monroe-out-of-dream.html

Marilyn as Lillian Russell, turn-of-the-century American actress

Marilyn as Theda Bara, silent film star from 1914 – 1926

Marilyn as Clara Bow, the silent screen’s “It Girl”

Marilyn as blonde bombshell Jean Harlow

Marilyn as Marlene Dietrich

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June 30 on TCM: Directed by Preston Sturges

Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda in “The Lady Eve”

R.D. Finch of The Movie Projector is hosting a wonderful blogathon in honor of American auteur William Wyler and I have been so busy finishing up my piece on The Letter (1940) that I’ve paid little attention to anything else. Meanwhile, Turner Classic Movies is about to pay tribute to one of Wyler’s great friends, writer/director Preston Sturges. Continue reading

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What Sally Draper Saw…

During Season 4, young Sally Draper blossomed as one of Mad Men‘s most interesting characters. Continuing to act out in reaction to her parent’s divorce and her mother’s remarriage, Sally appeared one afternoon at her father’s office under the care of a stranger who encountered her heading for Manhattan – on her own. When the time came to return home, Sally threw a tantrum in the offices of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce. By the time she finally left, she was very angry at her father.  But she didn’t stay mad for long.  A few days later Don called the house with a peace offering – tickets to the upcoming Beatles concert at Shea Stadium…Sally was…happy…(click on arrow, then ‘Watch on YouTube’)

And this is what she saw…

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Click here for The Lady Eve’s tribute to the Beatles on John Lennon’s 70th birthday

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VERTIGO, The Alternative Ending

When Vertigo was released in Europe in 1958, it contained an ending with an additional scene inserted.  According to most accounts, Hitchcock provided this extended ending in order to satisfy a foreign censorship committee that apparently would not accept onscreen murderers getting away with their crimes. In this ending, the final scene takes place in Midge’s apartment where she listens to a radio report about Gavin Elster’s impending capture in Europe.

A month long-tribute to Vertigo continues at The Lady Eve’s Reel Life

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Obsessed with Vertigo

In 1997 American Movie Classics produced the original documentary, Obsessed with Vertigo, a fascinating look at the history of the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece and its dazzling 1996 restoration.

Two of the films stars, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes, appear on-screen to talk about their experiences working with Hitchcock on Vertigo. Many of the film’s creative/technical team who were still (thankfully) with us in 1997 but are no longer, provide commentary: screenwriter Samuel Taylor, art director/production designer Henry Bumstead, long-time Hitchcock producer Herbert Coleman  and script supervisor Peggy Robertson.  Also featured are Vertigo‘s production manager C.O. “Doc” Erickson, Hitchcock’s daughter Pat, and filmmaker (and driving force behind the Film Foundation) Martin Scorsese. The two men responsible for Vertigo‘s restoration, James Katz and Robert Harris, are also prominently featured. Roddy McDowall narrates.

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A tribute to Vertigo is in progress now at The Lady Eve’s Reel Life

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