Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book: Before Marilyn

Before Marilyn Monroe became known as THE blonde bombshell of the 1950's she was gracing the pages of magazines, advertisements, and calendar across the world as Norma Jeane. She was discovered in a factory during the war and luckily for us David Conover saw that magic in her eyes.

Walking into Barnes and Noble and seeing a new Marilyn Monroe book sitting on the shelves is always an exciting day for me! Especially if I had no idea the book was coming out. This is a beautiful boo full of photos and information about Marilyn Monroe's beginnings. You learn about her time at The Blue Book Modeling Agency, and information behind her modeling gigs. Astrid Franse and Michelle Morgan did a wonderful job putting this book together. It is quite and amazing read! You can find it online here.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Jayne Mansfield: Silver Screen To Vegas Headliner

There is just something about the blonde bombshells of Old Hollywood that always spark my interest. Hollywood thought they had found another Marilyn Monroe when Jayne Mansfield busted (pun totally intended) on to the scene, but Jayne was a completely different animal. Aside from having blonde hair and a knock out figure... the two stars couldn't be farther from each other. Jayne Mansfield was over the top, larger than life... dare I say campy? That's just what made me so interested in her. She knew exactly what she wanted and what she needed to do to get it. She used her 'obvious talents' to make a name for herself. She knew what Hollywood expected of her... so she gave it to them. 

I've seen a few of of her films, so I wanted to learn more about the woman behind the camera. This post will be the first of many exploring Jayne's other talents and other sides of her career that sometimes get lost behind her bombshell, sex symbol image.

Sunday, September 27, 2015