‘My Maril’: Terry Karger Remembers Marilyn

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My Maril: Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Hollywood, and Me is a new memoir by Terry Karger, daughter of Fred Karger, a composer, musician and bandleader who dated Marilyn in the late 1940s. Terry was Fred’s daughter from his first marriage. Marilyn remained close to the Kargers – especially Fred’s mother Ann and sister Mary – long after their relationship ended.  Continue reading

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe

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“Oh, I’d like to ask you – how do you go about writing a life story? Because the true things rarely get into circulation. It’s usually the false things. If you ever get any of those things you want to ask, I’ll tell you. All those things come from the truth, you know? Because otherwise, it’s hard to know where to start if you don’t start with the truth.” – Marilyn Monroe Continue reading

A Singular Loveliness: Marilyn’s Painterly Gesture

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In 2018, the feminist art historian Griselda Pollock gave a lecture on Marilyn Monroe at the Caixi Forum in Madrid. Despite the acres of coverage on Monroe’s life, Pollock stated, “there is very little analysis of her work. How did a white woman, uneducated and abused, become a star like one she was? Why was Andy Warhol crying at her death? Why did Elton John identify with her? Why did Madonna forge her image in Monroe’s likeness?” Continue reading

The Many Faces of Nehemiah Persoff

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The great character actor Nehemiah Persoff, whose many roles included the mobster ‘Little Bonaparte’ in Some Like It Hot, has died at the grand old age of 102. Continue reading

‘Dear Bobbybones’: Marilyn and Robert A. Miller

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Robert A. Miller, the film producer son of Arthur Miller, has died aged 74, as Billy Fried reports for the Laguna Beach Independent. Continue reading