21 julho 2012

The ultimate sex symbol for men. But did Marilyn Monroe only love women? Fifty years after her death, an author who met the star questions her sexual identity



As headlines flashed around the world on an August morning 50 years ago announcing the death of the ultimate love goddess, newspapers filled their pages with the most iconic image of all, from her film The Seven Year Itch.
On a New York sidewalk, Marilyn Monroe stands with her legs astride a grating while the breeze generated by a subway train blows her accordion-pleated white dress up above her panties and around her ears.  
‘Isn’t it delicious?’ she cries, as the breeze billows around her thighs.
That moment, perhaps the most vivid memory in the whole of Hollywood history, inflamed the libido of men everywhere, establishing Monroe as the world’s number one sex symbol and as the most desirable woman on the planet.
But therein lies a great irony. 
For Marilyn Monroe was not the man-eating siren her image suggested.
Although she married and divorced three times, she was — though few people are aware of the fact — a lesbian by inclination.
She admitted to sexual encounters with actresses Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as with both her acting coaches, Natasha Lytess and Paula Strasberg.
As Michelle Morgan reveals in her expertly researched recent biography, Marilyn Monroe: Private And Undisclosed, I met her once when I was a 15-year-old schoolboy. 
Under the resentful and glowering gaze of her third husband, the playwright Arthur Miller, and the extremely possessive Strasberg, I presented Marilyn with a bunch of wilting roses in the drive of Parkside House, the mansion she and Miller were renting at Englefield Green in Surrey during the filming of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956.
She circumnavigated an extremely large police detective in order to take the roses from me. 
And then she did something completely unexpected. She reached forward and planted a kiss full on my lips.
 

Marilyn Monroe was the world's number one sex symbol, but she was not the man-eating siren her image suggested

Marilyn Monroe was the world's number one sex symbol, but she was not the man-eating siren her image suggested


    It was in no sense erotic. It was the sort of gentle and innocent kiss that a child might give. I rode away on my borrowed bicycle, bemused and astonished.
    After Marilyn’s death only six years later, I was to meet Jean Negulesco, who directed Monroe in How To Marry A Millionaire. 
    Negulesco had been due to take over the direction of Marilyn’s final film, Something’s Got To Give. 
    Only a day before he was due to visit her, Monroe was found dead.
    ‘I still think I might have saved her if I could have got to her in time,’ he told me.
    ‘You know what was wrong with her, don’t you? 
    'Her whole existence was a search for identity, and her sexual identity was a complete lie. 
    'She told me once she had never had an orgasm with a man in her entire life.’
    Joan Crawford
    Elizabeth Taylor
    In the transcripts of her taped sessions with her psychiatrist, Dr Ralph Greenson, Marilyn admitted to a full-blown lesbian encounter with Joan Crawford (left). She had a one-off encounter with Elizabeth Taylor (right)
    This seems hard to believe, remembering that billowing white dress above the New York subway grating.
    And yet Negulesco’s assertion is validated by the taped transcripts of Marilyn’s sessions of psychoanalysis with her psychiatrist, Dr Ralph Greenson, at the end of her life.
    ‘What I told you is true when I first became your patient,’ she says in the transcripts. 
    ‘I had never had an orgasm. I well remember you said an orgasm happens in the mind, not the genitals.’ 
    She also recalls other advice from Greenson, saying: ‘When I did exactly what you told me to do, I would have an orgasm … what a difference a word makes. 
    'You said I would, not I could. Bless you, doctor. What you say is gospel to me.’
    Another of those who worked with Monroe, actress Celeste Holm, who appeared with her in All About Eve, and who died last Sunday, told me that Marilyn’s sexual problems were rooted in her traumatic childhood.
    Born illegitimately in 1926 to an unmarried mother in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital, she was originally known as Norma Jeane Mortenson, the child of a 24-year-old film negative cutter, Gladys Pearl Monroe Mortenson, who developed schizophrenia. 
    Both of Gladys’s parents, Otis Elmer Monroe and Della Monroe Grainger, lived out their twilight years in mental institutions, while Gladys’s brother, Marion, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
    So it is small wonder that the child who became Marilyn Monroe grew up with a deep-rooted fear of genetic insanity.
    This, according to Celeste Holm, gave Marilyn a lifelong terror of pregnancy.
    In addition to her fear of giving birth to an abnormal child, Marilyn suffered from devastating bouts of endometriosis, a gynaecological condition causing intense pelvic pain, severe cramps and painful periods.
    It made normal sexual intercourse difficult and uncomfortable. 
    ‘Because of this,’ Holm explained,
    ‘Marilyn was never able to enjoy sex with men.
    Barbara Stanwyck
    Crawford was succeeded in Marilyn's lesbian adventures by Marlene Dietrich
    Joan Crawford was succeeded in Marilyn's lesbian adventures by two other veteran Hollywood stars, Barbara Stanwyck (left) and Marlene Dietrich (right)
    'She was afraid of it, and turned to older women as sexual role models.’
    After Marilyn had become a world-famous sex symbol, her first husband, Jim Dougherty, who joined the Merchant Marine in 1943, would brag: ‘Never had I encountered a girl who so thoroughly enjoyed a sexual union. It made our lovemaking pure joy.’
    But this, sadly, was far from the truth. 
    ‘Jim told me privately that she spent most of their early marriage locked in the bathroom,’ said Martin Evans, a friend of Jim’s at the time they married. 
    ‘She had sex books and manuals that were given to her, and none of them made a difference. 
    'She was scared. From my information, she even asked if it were possible for her to never have sex with Jim. “Could they just be friends?” she wondered. 
    ‘To be honest, I don’t think they had a good sex life ever — despite what Jim later claimed.’
    ‘For years,’ said Celeste Holm, ‘Marilyn was in love with the idea of being Betty Grable (the Forties star known as the Girl With The Million Dollar Legs). 
    'She followed Betty around everywhere, studied her all the time and copied everything she did.
    ‘Betty, let me stress, was happily married to Harry James, with two daughters, and was not in the least that way inclined, but she understood Marilyn and was patient with her.’
    In 1969, Grable told me that she had found Monroe’s pursuit of her ‘sometimes scary, but you have to understand that all her problems had to do with her not being able to have a child. 
    'She would have been a wonderful mother and it would have saved her life if only she could have had children.’
    Another female star Marilyn pursued and propositioned was Judy Garland, who married three gay men among her five husbands.
    Marilyn was born illegitimately in 1926 to an unmarried mother in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital
    Born illegitimately in 1926 to an unmarried mother in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital, Marilyn was originally known as Norma Jeane Mortenson
    ‘One night at a party, Marilyn followed me from room to room,’ said Garland. “I don’t want to get too far away from you,” she said.’
    Shortly before Marilyn signed with Columbia Pictures in 1948, she met Natasha Lytess, a failed actress who was a drama coach at the studio.
    ‘I want to recreate you,’ she told Marilyn. 
    ‘I shall mould you into the great actress I suspect you can be. But to do so, you must submit to me. Do you understand?’
    Natasha’s dominant intentions were clear. 
    In 1950, Marilyn moved into her apartment while she was being escorted by a new father-figure, the venerable Hollywood agent Johnny Hyde. 
    When Hyde died from a heart attack in December 1950, Natasha rescued Marilyn from a suicide attempt with a drug overdose.
    Marilyn told her close friend, actor Ted Jordan, that she and Natasha were sleeping together. 
    ‘Why not?’ she said. ‘Sex is something you do with people you like. What could be wrong with a natural act?’
    Natasha told Marilyn: ‘You’re wonderful. I love you.’
    In addition to her fear of giving birth to an abnormal child, Marilyn suffered from devastating bouts of endometriosis
    In addition to her fear of giving birth to an abnormal child, Marilyn suffered from devastating bouts of endometriosis
    Marilyn said of Natasha: ‘She was a great teacher, but she got really jealous about the men I saw. She thought she was my husband!’
    Natasha detested the baseball player Joe DiMaggio, whom Marilyn started to date in 1952 and later married. 
    He always referred to Lytess unflatteringly as ‘Morticia’.
    ‘If it were up to me,’ he said, ‘Morticia would take a long walk off a short pier. 
    'Maybe I could get through to Marilyn if I didn’t have this broad to deal with. This broad is gonna ruin her, I’m telling you.’
    In the transcripts of her taped sessions with Dr Ralph Greenson, Marilyn also admits to a full-blown lesbian encounter with the rampantly bisexual Joan Crawford. 
    ‘Oh yes, Crawford,’ she says. ‘We went to Joan’s bedroom. Crawford had a gigantic orgasm and shrieked like a maniac. Credit Natasha with that. She could teach more than acting. 
    'Next time I saw Crawford, she wanted another round … after I turned her down, she became spiteful.’
    Crawford was succeeded in Marilyn’s lesbian adventures by two other veteran Hollywood stars, Barbara Stanwyck and Marlene Dietrich.
    After Marilyn’s divorce from Joe DiMaggio in 1954, DiMaggio confided to the New York newspaper columnist Walter Winchell that the real cause of the breakdown of the marriage was Marilyn’s preference for her own sex.
    Her final break with Natasha Lytess was brutal. 
    Marilyn moved to New York and began studying at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and his wife, Paula, with whom Monroe established yet another strongly homoerotic relationship.
    Natasha was simply dumped. Dropped from the payroll at 20th Century Fox, she tried to contact Marilyn, who refused to take her calls. 
    She once arrived unannounced where Marilyn was staying, only to find the agent, Lew Wasserman, barring the door and telling her: ‘Your engagement with the studio is none of Miss Monroe’s concern.’ 
    As Natasha left, she saw Marilyn staring down at her from a window with a blank expression. They never saw each other again.
    Before her death from cancer in 1964, Natasha said of Marilyn: ‘The truth is, my life and feelings were very much in her hands.
    'I was the older one, the teacher, but she knew the depth of my attachment to her, and she exploited those feelings as only a beautiful younger person can. 
    'She said she was the needy one. Alas, it was the reverse.’
    Marilyn's marriage to Arthur Miller had proved as unsatisfying sexually as those to Jim Dougherty and Joe DiMaggio, and they divorced in January 1961
    Marilyn's marriage to Arthur Miller had proved as unsatisfying sexually as those to Jim Dougherty and Joe DiMaggio, and they divorced in January 1961
    Following Marilyn’s marriage to playwright Arthur Miller in 1956, Paula Strasberg accompanied them to London as Marilyn’s acting coach, and assumed an even more dominant role in her life than Natasha had done.
    This relationship also had strong lesbian undertones. 
    The British movie star Jean Kent, who appeared with Marilyn in The Prince And The Showgirl, says: ‘Marilyn would not make a single move or take a single step without Paula’s approval. Someone heard Paula telling her that she was the most popular person on earth, more popular even than Jesus!’
    Five years later, having returned to the U.S., Marilyn was to have another liaison with a woman — this time one of the biggest stars in the world.
    On June 7, 1961, at Frank Sinatra’s cabaret opening at the Sands, Las Vegas, she had a one-off sexual encounter with her rival as the Queen of Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor, who was six years her junior.
    ‘Her touch was electric,’ wrote Taylor of Marilyn in her diary.
    ‘I wanted to see how far the bitch would go. But she had to do all the work.’
    Marilyn’s marriage to Arthur Miller had proved as unsatisfying sexually as those to Dougherty and DiMaggio, and they divorced in January 1961. 
    After that, she became something of a loner.
    Though much has been written about Marilyn’s relations with the Kennedys, and she remained both before and after her death perhaps the ultimate sex symbol for men, Dr Ralph Greenson affirmed that Monroe ‘was not sexually involved with either Kennedy brother or with any other man at the end of her life.’ 
    Was it because, amid the emotional wreckage of so much of her life, she had found her greatest happiness with women?



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    Fur hats, velvet and decadent lace: Banana Republic channels Russian royalty in first look at Anna Karenina-inspired collection



    Banana Republic has debuted its much anticipated holiday collection inspired by the tragic literally character, Anna Karenina.
    The unlikely inspiration choice comes from the new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic love storystarring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and takes cues from the 19th century and old-world Russian luxury.
    Banana Republic's creative director Simon Kneen called the collection a 'return to elegance', telling MailOnline: 'Luxe pieces were commonplace in the time of Anna Karenina, and we want to bring a little of that back!'
    Inspiration: Banana Republic has paid tribute to tragic literally character, Anna Karenina through its much-anticipated holiday collection (pictured)
    Inspiration: Fashion brand Banana Republic has paid tribute to the tragic literally character, Anna Karenina in its much-anticipated holiday collection (pictured). It was inspired by her
    Designed by the film's costume designer Jacqueline Durran, the line features polished, tailored pieces that conjure the classic refinery of the 1800's with luxe velvet, faux fur and lace.
     

    Launching at Banana Republic retail locations and online this October to coincide with the U.S. release of the film, on November 9th,Mr Kneen said: 'This holiday, we’re focused on little luxuries that we can include in our daily lives to add a touch of sophistication.
    'Whether you dress up your look with a fur stole or elegant piece of jewelry, the idea is to remember the importance of the way we feel when we treat ourselves to these special items.'
    Stylish: The unlikely inspiration choice comes from the new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and takes cues from the 19th century and old-world Russian luxury
    Stylish: The unlikely inspiration choice comes from the new film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and takes cues from the 19th century and old-world Russian luxury
    In the film, Keira Knightley, who plays Anna, wears piles of pearls and crystal jewellery that Banana Republic reinterpreted. 
    Mr Kneen explained how the retail giant tackled the task of translating Anna Karenina into today's more modern aesthetic.
    He said: 'The capsule is comprised of polished feminine looks for her and strong modern styles for him, reflecting the film’s period while translating it in a way that is wearable for today’s modern customer. 
    '[We] channeled luxuries of the era such as intricate detailing and fine materials into modern items with touches of faux fur, jewels, and other elements.'
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    Unique: The collection, seen above, was labelled a 'return to elegance' by creative director Simon Kneen
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    Accessories: Luxe pieces, like the ones seen above, were commonplace in the time of Anna Karenina
    Prices will range from $39.50 for a blouse to $325 fr a coat. Accessories hit that affordable mark at $29.50 for for jewellery, to $250 for a handbag. 
    While Mr Kneen has a clear favourite look from the collection - 'The black faux fur hat with our little black dress is such a modern way to interpret Anna Karenina, which I love!' - for those unsure how to capture the period's aesthetic without looking like they have gone overboard, the creative director has a few tips.
    He said: 'This capsule is really about taking key elements of the Anna Karenina time period - sophisticated fabrics and beautiful detailing - and translating that into an updated wardrobe. Small touches such as lace and fur embellishments portray a classic sense of luxury without requiring a full look that may feel “costumey.'
    Anna Karenina's style: The collection will include faux fur on collars, hats and coats, with richly-textured fabrics in black and dove gray
    In the film, Keira Knightley, who plays Anna, wears piles of pearls and crystal jewelry that Banana Republic reinterpreted.
    Star portrayal: Keira Knightley, above, plays Anna in the new adaptation and inspired the line's jewellery 
    He added: 'Even if incorporating vintage pieces, you shouldn’t don a full 19th Century look. Instead, mix and match with more modern pieces to keep it current.
    'Jacqueline gave us great insight that the costumes often included pearls and diamonds. What girl doesn’t love that? Layer on the jewelry and you’re done!'

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    That's brave! Shakira lets a killer whale lick her cheek on visit to a sea park with boyfriend Gerard Pique



    She is usually seen puckering up with her footballer beau Gerard Pique.
    But Shakira received a kiss from a very different kind today.
    The Colombian pop star got a big wet one on the cheek from a giant killer whale as she visited the Miami Seaquarium with her boyfriend yesterday. 
    A whale of a kiss: Shakira received a kiss on the cheek from a giant killer whale as she visited the Miami Seaquarium yesterday
    A whale of a kiss: Shakira received a kiss on the cheek from a giant killer whale as she visited the Miami Seaquarium yesterday
    Beaming, the 35-year-old singer stuck her cheek out as the toothy sea animal gave her a lick on her face.
    Not to miss out on the moment, Gerard also went cheek-to-cheek with the black and white orca. 
    Today, the cute couple went casual for the outing, with a near make-up free Shakira wearing a pair of black shorts and a simple white T-shirt.
    Couple time: The Colombian pop star was joined by her boyfriend Gerard Pique
    Couple time: The Colombian pop star was joined by her boyfriend Gerard Pique 
    Tenderly touching his girlfriend's knee, Gerard looked ready for the water in a pair of boardshorts and a near-matching top to his ladylove. 
    Killer whales aren't always known to be that friendly. 
    In February 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, was brutally butchered by a killer whale named Tilikum.
    Sharing the love: Not to miss out on the moment, Gerard also went cheek-to-cheek with the black and white orca during the outing
    Sharing the love: Not to miss out on the moment, Gerard also went cheek-to-cheek with the black and white orca during the outing
    Fancy free: The cute couple went casual for the outing, with a near make-up free Shakira wearing a pair of black shorts and a simple white T-shirt
    Fancy free: The cute couple went casual for the outing, with a near make-up free Shakira wearing a pair of black shorts and a simple white T-shirt
    Gerard and Shakira are currently relishing in some relationship time after a busy past few weeks.
    Happy together: Shakira and the former Manchester United player met last year while shooting the video to her song Waka Waka
    Happy together: Shakira and the former Manchester United player met last year while shooting the video to her song Waka Waka
    Gerard just recently played in the The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, where his Spanish team were victorious over Italy in the final.
    Meanwhile, Shakira has been busy filming her new music video.
    Last month she was seen on set of the clip looking absolutely sensational in a long gold dress as she sang down from a balcony in Barcelona, Spain.
    The singer had been mixing business with pleasure and travelling back and forth to Poland to watch her man play in the championship.
    Previously, there had been rampant reports that the Colombian beauty was pregnant with the couple's first child.
    She's been dating footballer Gerard for over a year and they recently bought their first home.
    But the Hips Don't Lie singer's representatives denied that she is expecting.
    'Another false rumour,' Shakira's spokesperson told People en Español.
    The smitten couple have, however, made the all-important decision to live together and recently purchased a large home in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona.
    Shakira and the former Manchester United player met last year while shooting the video to her song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).
    The song is the official track of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which was won by Spain.
    Her romance with Gerard comes after she was in an 11-year relationship with Argentine lawyer Antonio de la Rua.




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