Marilyn Monroe

The Fascinating FBI Files of 10 Cultural Icons

The Internet is a surveillance state. We’re steadily finding out that there are more people tracking our whereabouts than we ever thought possible. For celebrities and cultural icons, this invasion of privacy isn’t anything new. The FBI has investigated the lives of popular personalities and great thinkers for decades, often without reason. These famous files are filled with intimate and absurd details that often read like the headlines of a gossip column. Click through to see what dirt the Bureau has dished up over the… Read More

  • 0

The Last Words of 20 Cultural Icons

Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, who died last week at the age of 74, was laid to rest in Dublin yesterday. During the memorial, his son reveled that his father’s last words were sent in a text message he wrote to his wife just minutes before he passed away: “Noli timere” – Latin for “don’t be afraid.” In a world full of second chances, you can only utter your final words once. Here’s how a selection of cultural icons bid farewell to this… Read More

  • 0

Fascinating Photos of LA’s Marilyn Monroe Impersonators

The advent of the impersonator is one of the most curious phenomena in our celebrity-obsessed culture; there’s something fascinating about people whose love for a certain star extends into adopting that person’s style, image, and/or personality. They’re also rich subject matter for portraiture, as demonstrated amply by this series of portraits of Marilyn Monroe impersonators by LA-based photographer Emily Berl. Interestingly, Berl’s images serve to humanize their subjects as much as anything — as she points out at Feature Shoot, where we spotted these photos, “I’m less concerned about how much they look like Marilyn and more concerned about their motivations for becoming her.” The diversity of Marilyns on show is astounding, as is the diversity of ways in which each goes about capturing the essence of their heroine. … Read More

  • 0

10 Great Female Buddy Comedies

Hollywood has never been short on buddy cop movies. Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours are just a few of the films featuring bonded lawmen. There’s even a fairly substantial subgenre of buddy cop films with dogs, including Turner & Hooch and K-9. It’s mind-blowing that Paul Feig’s The Heat is one of the only films in the bunch starring women as agents on a mission. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy play the typical odd couple (with guns). One’s an uptight FBI agent, the other a zany cop from Boston. … Read More

  • 0

10 Photographs That Defined the ’60s

Bert Stern, the fashion and art photographer known for his pictures in Vogue and Look magazines in the 1950s and ’60s, died at his home in New York on Tuesday at the age of 83. While celebrated for his skills as a compelling ad man and a master portraitist of major Hollywood film stars, Stern was perhaps best known for shooting the famous “last sitting” of Marilyn Monroe, at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, two months before the actress passed away.  … Read More

  • 0

Leonardo Dicaprio Pops and Locks, Marilyn Monroe Seems to Live Forever: Links You Need to See

Few things are as entertaining as a bootleg version of something great; as such, these early versions of iconic film and TV characters are fascinating. Vulture dug up an insanely entertaining archival interview with Orson Welles. Completed several months before his death, the insanely entertaining archival interview with Orson Welles that Vulture dug… Read More

  • 0

30 of Marilyn Monroe’s Smartest and Most Insightful Quotes

She embodied the stereotypical persona of the “dumb blonde,” but Marilyn Monroe was no dummy. Today is the actress’ birthday. Most people remember Marilyn as the bombshell with the bedroom eyes, but later stories and personal documents revealed a complex woman who was intellectually curious, poetic, bright, and yes, sometimes sad and deeply emotional. As Monroe’s best friend and former roommate Shelley Winters put it: “If she’d been dumber, she’d have been happier.” We could talk about Monroe’s genuine love for books (she tended to a large personal library), her impressive IQ (reportedly 168), or we could cite those close to her who confirmed that her “Monroeisms” were no studio invention, but instead we’ll let her words speak for themselves. Head past the break to enjoy a collection of quotes from the pop culture icon that proves there was more to the woman behind the dazzling and seductive Hollywood facade. … Read More

  • 0
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,583 other followers