The American portrait photographer Bert Stern, famed for his provocative images of Marilyn Monroe and others, died aged 83 on June 26th, 2013, the New York Times reports.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing his work here and at ES Updates.
Driving out of London, the clubs that stank of beer and sweat. London in July was hot and heavy as a rush-hour ride on the tube. They swept past the airport, on the road to Maidenhead. Christine’s hairdo tangled in the breeze.
“A party in the country is just the ticket, little baby.”
Stephen pulled over at a bus stop where a young girl waited.
“Aren’t you the baker’s daughter? Hop in. We’re off to Cliveden, don’t you know. We’ll sneak you in for a sherry, if you promise to behave yourself.”
This pastel sketch – by Stephen Ward – is of the unidentified girl who attended the infamous 1961 party at Cliveden, where Christine Keeler first met John Profumo. It was found on the reverse of Ward’s portrait of Keeler, which can be seen on the cover of my 2004 novella, Wicked Baby (soon to be reissued via Kindle.)
This discovery was made by the curators at London’s National Portrait Gallery, while preparing their new display, Scandal ’63, which I hope to review. Writing for the Telegraph, Richard Davenport-Hines – author of An English Affair – suggests the model could be none other than ‘Miss X‘, later a witness in Ward’s ill-fated trial.
Adam Braver, Christine Middleton, Dark Places, Elif Shafak, Ferragamo, Gil Adamson, Gillian Flynn, Honour, Kate Grenville, Lancashire Witches, Livi Michael, Malkin Child, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, Michelle Morgan, Misfit, Pendle Witches, Sarah Thornhill, Sofka Zinovieff, Stefania Ricci, The House on Paradise Street, The Outlander, The Witch & Her Soul
My ten favourite reads of 2012, including new fiction; books commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, and the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials; and some previously published books that I’ve just caught up with.
I had never read Kate Grenville’s work before, but Sarah Thornhill (and its predecessor, The Secret River) really evokes the stark beauty of the outback, contrasted with the tumult of the early settlers. Continue reading
Andre De Dienes, Anthony Beauchamp, Cecil Beaton, Dame Edith Sitwell, Don't Bother To Knock, Frankie Vaughan, Let's Make Love, Marilyn Monroe, Marlyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, Michelle Morgan, Nahum Baron, National Portrait Gallery, Pauline Boty, Picture Post, Roy Ward Baker, The Prince And The Showgirl, Wilfred Hyde-White
My review of Lawrence Schiller’s Marilyn & Me: A Memoir in Words and Photographs has been published in Issue 25 of the Mad About Marilyn fanzine, which also includes an in-depth profile of photographer Earl Thiesen and ‘I Dress for Men’, an article penned by Marilyn herself in 1953.
You can read my review in full here. For more details on Mad About Marilyn, contact email@example.com
Betty Grable, Charles Feldman, Clark Gable, Darryl F. Zanuck, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, Immortal Marilyn, Jean Howard, Johnny Hyde, Marilyn Monroe, Romanoff's, The Seven Year Itch
This article is also published at Immortal Marilyn
Marilyn’s Photographers: Jean Howard 1910-2000
The Hollywood actress and socialite turned photographer, Jean Howard, was born Ernestine Hill in Dallas, Texas, on October 13, 1910. As a teenager, she visited the studio of photographer Paul Mahoney. He encouraged her to take modelling work and she even used his surname.
In the late 1920s, Ernestine visited Hollywood with her father. Continue reading