In part two of my interview with Scott Fortner – owner of The Marilyn Monroe Collection – Scott talks more about his collection, bidding at auctions and how he became an integral part of the longest running Marilyn Monroe fanclub, Marilyn Remembered.
When was the first time you saw something of Marilyn’s in person and what was it?
Well that’s an interesting story. The first time I even made a connection between Marilyn and her personal possessions was when I saw her trunk that was filled with her personal items in the Marilyn Monroe Encyclopedia by Adam Victor. The trunk had been auctioned by Christie’s in 1995. I just thought, “Man, that is so cool!” And, quite luckily, that trunk and many of its contents, including Marilyn’s personal childhood Brownie camera, are part of my collection today. Continue reading “The Marilyn Monroe Collection Interview – Part Two”
The Marilyn Monroe Collection is a collection of her belongings, owned by super-fan, Scott Fortner. I love nothing more than when a genuine fan is able to buy something of Marilyns at auction – so you can understand how excited I am to share part one of my interview with Scott, which gives us insight into his love of Marilyn and how he has acquired one of, if not, the world’s largest private collections of her belongings.
It’s been over 55 years since Marilyn’s death and in that time there have been many rumours about her life, and death. One such rumour is that Marilyn and Bobby Kennedy had an affair. So let’s explore that here:-
Much has been said over the years about the relationship between Marilyn and her mother – it was difficult and strained, this much we know. Gladys’ mental illness made things so that, by the end of Marilyn’s life, the two women had no real relationship at all.
In this article I am going to reveal the truth about Marilyn’s dress size.
There are many myths that surround Marilyn Monroe – mostly about her death – but one such myth I’d like to dispel is the controversy surrounding her true dress size. People have argued about this over the years – most adamant that she was a size 16, plus-sized or, in some cases even obese and many articles have been written on the subject, some good, some bad – I’ve included a link to a very good one here.
A lot of people use Marilyn to hold her up as the example of a real woman, others to mock her as being “fat” or “very big”. The truth of the matter is that Marilyn was a curvy woman but she was also very petite. So let’s get to the bottom of this here: Continue reading “The Truth About Marilyn’s Dress Size”
Following the the end of Marilyn and Milton Greene’s friendship, their lives went in different directions. Milton carried on his photography and life with his young family, and Marilyn spent the next few years married to Arthur Miller and trying to start a family of her own. This proved more difficult than she imagined and thus led to the end of her marriage to Miller in 1960. Continue reading “The End of Marilyn and Milton”
In 1953 Marilyn Monroe wrote an article for Motion Picture and Television Magazine titled “Wolves I Have Known” – The article was her take on certain types of men, or wolves as she called them, that she had met in Hollywood.
By the end of 1954 Milton and Marilyn had developed a very close working relationship, but Marilyn’s life was in flux. She had just divorced Joe DiMaggio and was unhappy in her contract with 20th Century Fox. With this in mind, Milton talked to her about fleeing Los Angeles and moving to New York.
Below is part two of my interview with Michelle Morgan – Marilyn Author. If anyone would like further information on her books, please go to www.MichelleMorgan.co.uk.
Having studied Marilyn’s life and gone into detail on her Blue Book years and, more recently, her time in Manhattan – What is your favourite period in Marilyn’s life?
Funnily enough, the two periods I’ve always been obsessed by, are the Blue Book period and the New York years! I find it really strange and exciting that I’ve been given the opportunity to write about both of these periods. I’ve also always been intrigued by her marriage to Arthur Miller and then the time after her divorce, leading up to her last summer. Maybe the universe will present me with these projects too in the future! Continue reading “Michelle Morgan – Marilyn Author – Part Two”