Joyce Carol Oates saw Blonde, her epic novel interrogating the legend of Marilyn Monroe, as ‘my Moby Dick’. Mel Campbell celebrates Oates’ achievement, in the lead-up to the Netflix adaptation.
The film reportedly includes a graphic rape scene.
Movies carrying the NC-17 rating have traditionally been difficult to screen and promote, as they were locked out of some movie theater chains and traditional advertising.
The author of a new book exploring the making of heroines throughout history asks whether Barbie can ever overcome her reputation as the plastic antithesis of feminist ideals.
Marilyn Monroe endures as an icon thanks to a perfect storm of biography and cultural context.
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Living rough to prepare for a role. Abusing fellow actors to provoke an ‘authentic’ response … It’s easy to ridicule the Method but the truth of this approach to acting is far more complex.
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Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s dress for five minutes at the Met Gala. That’s showbiz.
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Not the bright and optimistic period that pop art at first glance would suggest, a lot of Warhol’s work is about death and destruction.
Dead famous: Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in a still from Giant (1964).
Even in death, men are able to earn far more than women.
Hugh Hefner at a Playmate of the Year party in 2005.
Hefner’s iconic Playmates, a scholar argues, need to be understood within their historical context, when men and especially women were expected to uphold strict standards of sexual propriety.
Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so.
Marilyn Monroe was a magnetic film star, but she had the potential to be a truly great stage actress. Clues in her life point to a missed chance: to escape the pressure of Hollywood and blossom as a serious thespian.