Marilyn Monroe’s Favorite Music

What was Marilyn Monroe's favorite music? We know she loved jazz. Her own music was highly inspired by jazz of the era, and she was a huge fan of Ella Fitzgerald, which we know from this famous story of Marilyn boosting Ella Fitzgerald's career. But besides jazz, what did she listen to? Several weeks ago, … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Favorite Music

Judy Garland’s Book of Poetry and Homer

While my primary research interests revolve around Marilyn Monroe's book collection, I also enjoy discovering books owned and written by other famous and interesting people from history. Eartha Kitt, for instance, wrote several autobiographies (see my review of one of her autobiographies here). Recently, I was looking for books Judy Garland owned. While I did … Continue reading Judy Garland’s Book of Poetry and Homer

Marilyn Monroe’s Library Review: This Demi-Paradise, a Westchester Diary

This month, The Vintage Book Club voted to read This Demi-Paradise, a Westchester Diary written by Margaret Halsey. The book is written in the form of daily diary entries of a middle-class suburban woman named Helen Fitzgibbons. Helen's wry sense of humor highlights many of the hypocrisies of white, middle-class suburbia, in topics ranging from … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Library Review: This Demi-Paradise, a Westchester Diary

Marilyn Monroe, Medea, and Characters who Murder Children

Did Marilyn Monroe want to perform as Medea, the character from Ancient Greek tragedy who murdered her children? Marilyn Monroe owned the same editions of Mischief and Medea as shown here, from Carly Maris’ personal collection. It’s certainly possible. She owned a copy of the play Medea as rewritten by poet Robinson Jeffers. In the … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe, Medea, and Characters who Murder Children

Marilyn Monroe’s Library Review: The Cat with Two Faces

The same edition as the one Marilyn Monroe owned. (This copy owned by Carly Maris) February's book club reading was The Cat with Two Faces by journalist Gordon Young (who wrote for the Daily Mail). The biography tells the story of WWII spy Mathilde Carré, who worked as a double-agent for both Allied and German … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe’s Library Review: The Cat with Two Faces