Marilyn Monroe

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Fascinating, Handwritten Poems of Famous Authors

“Poets don’t draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently,” Jean Cocteau once said. When examining the handwritten poems of famous authors — those made popular by their texts and several famous for other art forms — there is an unparalleled intimacy that typed words cannot convey. Many of these poems were born from spontaneous bursts of creativity or late-night meditations, unsparing and instinctive in thought. Words are ostensibly silent, but these handwritten poems speak volumes about their creators. See what poets put pen to paper and revealed their inner worlds. … Read More

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A Peek Inside the Little Black Books of Pop Culture Icons

The words “little black book” conjure all kinds of salacious ideas about jet-setting playboys and Hollywood madams. The earliest black book may be Harris’ List of Covent Garden Ladies — a directory of 18th-century prostitutes working in London that sold thousands of copies annually. Since then, the little black book has evolved into more of a straightforward address book. Depending on your style, it can be a free-form collage of facts and memories about those you meet, or a rigid, alphabetized list of names and numbers. We recently spotted Marlon Brando’s little black book on Tumblr, which we feature after the jump. Fascinated by the handwriting, worn pages, and contents, we went searching for other black books kept by pop culture icons. See what fascinating observations, secrets, and contacts we found hiding between pages, below. … Read More

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The Fascinating Last Photographs of Famous People

This week marks the 32nd anniversary of Rolling Stone’s famous cover featuring a portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. It was the last professional photo captured of the iconic musician, who was killed hours later outside his apartment in New York City. We’re discounting the chilling image fan Paul Goresh took of Lennon and Chapman that fateful morning.

“What is interesting is she said she’d take her top off and I said, ‘Leave everything on’ — not really preconceiving the picture at all,” Leibovitz told the magazine. “Then he curled up next to her and it was very, very strong. You couldn’t help but feel that he was cold and he looked like he was clinging on to her. I think it was amazing to look at the first Polaroid and they were both very excited. John said, ‘You’ve captured our relationship exactly. Promise me it’ll be on the cover.’ I looked him in the eye and we shook on it.”

Leibovitz had only planned to photograph Lennon, but the image of the couple turned out to be one of her most famous portraits and would define one of the most talked about relationships in pop culture history. We scouted for other fascinating photographs that perhaps offer some insight into the final days of famous people. See more photos after the jump. … Read More

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