The world's largest private collection of Marilyn Monoe's iconic film costumes, gowns, personal clothing, jewelry, and other property will be hitting the auction block along with original photographs and film posters of the late actress including the dress she wore at a Democratic fundraiser while singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in her trademark sultry, sexy voice with original lyrics she wrote herself for President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
Julien’s Auctions is billing this as a once-in-a-lifetime Marilyn Monroe auction that includes the Marilyn Monroe Property From The Collection of David Gainsborough-Roberts. A curated collection of Marilyn Monroe film-worn costumes, personal wardrobe, jewelry and personal items.
Also up for bid will be Marilyn Monroe Property From The Estate of Lee Strasberg consisting of documents and personal items once owned by Marilyn Monroe as well as Déjà vu Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe including personal items originally sold at Christie’s 1999 and Julien’s Auctions' 2005.
The entire auction event features film costumes representing a significant part of Marilyn’s acting career from Niagara (1953) to Some Like It Hot (1959.) According to Julien Auctions, this is the largest collection of Marilyn Monroe ephemera ever offered at auction. [beautifulquote align="full" cite=""]Marilyn Monroe is one of the biggest and most endearing screen icons of our time,[/beautifulquote] said Darren Julien, founder and CEO of Julien’s Auctions in a statement. "We are so honored to be working with David Gainsborough-Roberts with his incredible collection of Marilyn Monroe artifacts." "He has meticulously archived so many important aspects of Marilyn’s career and personal life. The legendary actress was found dead in her Brentwood home in Los Angeles in 1962 at the age of 36, and the collector noted that Marilyn would have turned 90 years old this June.
Highlights from the Gainsborough-Roberts Collection include a sheer black beaded and sequined dress worn by Monroe in her Golden Globe winning role Sugar Kane as she crooned “I’m Through With Love” in the award winning 1959 film Some Like it Hot; an elaborate embellished stage gown worn by Monroe as she sang “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It” in the 1953 comedy There’s No Business Like Show Business which was designed by one of Marilyn’s all-time favorite designers, William Travilla; a pink linen halter wiggle dress designed for the 1953 thriller Niagara; a green satin one-piece with black sequins and gold fringe worn by Monroe in the 1956 film Bus Stop; a lilac satin leotard worn by Monroe as Lillian Russell in the 1958 photo series by Richard Avedon and featured in Life magazine in 1958. Additional film pieces offered include costumes from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Let’s Make Love, along with a pair of rhinestone earrings worn by Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire and a pair of sequin embellished opera gloves from the Rachmaninoff scene of The Seven Year Itch.
Monroe’s own personal style is also represented at the auction including a slender fitting bias cut crepe evening gown worn by Monroe to the 1955 premiere of The Rose Tattoo while accompanied by Marlon Brando.
Personal items include prescription pill bottles, Victoria and Albert museum exhibited high heels, a plastic doll in the likeness of Monroe given as a souvenir at her 34th birthday party; documents and correspondences; household items; and Monroe’s Detroit Free Press “New Faces Award” from 1952.
Strasberg's collection includes a 1950’s brown alligator ladies handbag from I. Magnin & Co. with matching accessories; a grey pony handbag from Mexico still containing three one peso bills; a number of other handbags, fur coats and stoles; a ladies minaudière with the original box, featuring multiple compartments containing loose powder with cotton buffer, mirror, comb, two mercury dimes, eight Phillip Morris cigarettes and a tube of used Revlon lipstick in “Bachelor’s Carnation” with a date of 1947, a virtual time capsule of one of the star's nights out on the town.
Ephemera in this collection include documents that mark simple and remarkable moments in Marilyn’s life and career, from a taxi receipt dated February 2, 1960 listing the trip details as simply “From: 904 To: 20th Century”, to a check dated July 25, 1952 written in Monroe’s hand to her mother Gladys Eley in the amount of $150.00 endorsed by her mother signed, 'Mrs. Gladys P. Eley.' In addition to household, food, fur, books, beauty, and clothing receipts, there are tax documents listing the star’s expenditures in great detail, a collection of recipes given to her by friends, and her 1962 checkbook containing the filled out stubs of every check written from her account in the final year of her life, as well as the checks written from her account immediately after her death, correspondence, poems and intimate notes.
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson in 1926, was famous for playing "dumb blonde" characters. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Monroe's troubled private life received much attention and she struggled with addiction, depression, and anxiety during the last years of her life. She had two highly publicized marriages, to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, which both ended in divorce. She died at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Although the death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.
Julien’s live auction will be held on November 17th, 18th and 19th, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. For more information visit the official Julien's Auctions website.
Pictured Here: Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando the 1955 premiere of "The Rose Tattoo" Photo: The Hollywood Archive
Ghouls and Goblins, Deranged Killers and Demons, everyone loves the thrills and chills of a scary movie, right? Especially in the comfort (and safety) of your own home. Well then, what better time to be scared silly than on Halloween?
It's a ritual of sorts, as we all re-visit Halloween festivities on a yearly basis, some more religiously than others. But, really, what is Halloween. Has it always been about the Dead...or the Undead?
History tells us that Halloween or All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on the evening of October 31st. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (and / or the related "guising" in costume), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
But it was not always about trick or treating and such. According to many scholars as well as the Library of Congress (American Folklife Center), All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain (festival.)
However, other scholars maintain that it originated independently of the Celts and has solely Christian roots. It initiates the triduum (a religious observance lasting three days) encompassing the Western Christian observances of All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en), All Saints' Day (All Hallows') and All Souls' Day (the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead.) The traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death."
So, setting aside this analytical approach to a beloved Holiday, why not just curl-up on the sofa this Halloween and try to muffle your screams while watching a host of terrifying films on the small screen. Pull your curtains and lock your doors and, if you're afraid of the dark, ...don't watch alone.
Have a look at this top horror list of 'Old School' movie favorites from a Hit Fix poll of readers... These are movies prior to the 1980's decade for classic film fans and newbies wanting to venture out beyond the more current fare.
The Exorcist (1973) 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.
The Shining (1980) Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
Rosemary's Baby (1968) A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.
Alien (1979) During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them.
The Thing (1982)Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.
Halloween (1978) A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
Psycho (1960) When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead is the progenitor of the contemporary "zombie apocalypse" horror film, and it greatly influenced the modern pop-culture zombie archetype.
Jaws (1975) An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast.
...and here are a few other selected Horror Flicks to quench your bloodthirst.
Nosferatu (1922) Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story "Dracula."
The Omen (1976) Immediately after their miscarriage, the US diplomat Robert Thorn adopts the newborn Damien without the knowledge of his wife. Yet what he doesn’t know is that their new son is the son of the devil. A classic with Gregory Peck
Dawn of the Dead (1978) During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Frankenstein (1931) Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. Classic case of extraterrestrial invasion.
Freaks (1932) A carnival barker displays a sideshow freak called the Feathered Hen and tells her story. Cleopatra, a trapeze artist with the carnival, is adored by a midget named Hans. Frieda, Hans' fiancée (also a midget), warns Hans that Cleopatra is only interested in him so that he will give her money. Cleopatra has an affair with Hercules, and when Frieda lets it slip that Hans is to come into an inheritance, a scheme is devised with...
Dracula (1931) The legend of vampire Count Dracula begins here with this original 1931 Dracula film from Bela Lugosi.
The Brood (1979) A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) An eerie German silent film from 1920. This classic expressionistic film is known as a landmark in film history becoming famous worldwide from it’s exceptional new wave style of well built and painted grotesque scenery with contrasted lighting along with the painted effect of light and shadows. The film tells a surrealistic story with an unusual end that was a result of censorship
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) A scientific expedition searching for fossils along the Amazon River discover a prehistoric Gill-Man in the legendary Black Lagoon. The explorers capture the mysterious creature, but it breaks free. The Gill-Man returns to kidnap the lovely Kay, fiancée of one of the expedition, with whom it has fallen in love.
The Devils (1971) A dramatized historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.
Dracula (1958) After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. Classic Christopher Lee as the vampire
The Mummy (1932) An Ancient Egyptian priest called Imhotep is revived when an archaeological expedition finds Imhotep's mummy and one of the archaeologists accidentally reads an ancient life-giving spell. Imhotep escapes from the archaeologists and prowls Cairo seeking the reincarnation of the soul of his ancient lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-amon. Boris Karloff stars
The Legend of Hell House (1973) A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House
Carrie (1976) Prom Night from hell starring Sissy Spacek
The Birds (1963) A Hitchcock Classic. Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok.
Phantasm (1979)A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
...or look up other great Halloween films at IMDB and have a blood-curdling evening.
Pictured Here: Christopher Lee, "The Horror of Dracula" (1958) Photo Courtesy Hammer Films / The Hollywood Archive
If you are an Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Fan, this film restoration is 'right up your alley.' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates Michael Mann’s "Heat" on the big screen with a new 4K restoration screening on September 7 at 7 PM at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. And just for 'icing on the cake,' Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Michael Mann and other cast and crew will be there and participating in a conversation moderated by Christopher Nolan.
As a film fan, who can resist two titans of the cinema (practically Hollywood Royalty) going head to head on the silver screen albeit only briefly. The two stars spend less than 10 minutes of the entire 170-minute film in one another’s presence. But 4k AND they will be present at the screening as well? ...mind-blowing to say the least.
Heat is the first movie to feature De Niro and Pacino onscreen, together, in the same scene. What an amazing treat for fans of both. And while they were also in "The Godfather: Part II," they never appeared onscreen at the same time. Following Heat, De Niro and Pacino would go on to appear together in the 2008 film "Righteous Kill." They are also scheduled to reunite in an upcoming Martin Scorsese film titled "The Irishman" (currently in development).
According to the Academy's press release:
"The crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other.
'So superbly matched are Pacino and De Niro that the movie seems dual-powered. They’re a study in positive and negative charisma… The movie’s protagonists gaze into the mirror and see, gazing back, a stranger living on borrowed time. Heat is Mann’s ode to mortality… midlife crisis as last chance. Each character carries an abyss inside. In Mann’s twilight vision, Los Angeles isn’t a lush playground but a sprawling necropolis.' (James Wolcott, Vanity Fair)
Taking inspiration from the late Chicago Police Detective Charlie Adamson – who killed Neil McCauley in a shootout in 1963 – Heat was the culmination of years of refinement by Mann. With its depth and range of characters, choreography of action, epic scale and dazzling use of Los Angeles, Heat is as incendiary as it was 20 years ago."