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Marilyn Monroe – Jewelry Icon

February 6, 2012
Marilyn Monroe – Jewelry Icon

When it comes to exquisite luxury jewelry, no woman shines more brilliantly than Marilyn Monroe. Decades after romancing the world with “ Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” and shaking up the jewelry scene, Marilyn Monroe continues to be the most emulated woman on the planet. By the early 1950s, Marilyn Monroe had already captivated the public with her signature blonde hair, white dress and seductive persona. But it was 1953’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” that marked Marilyn Monroe’s ascension into jewelry stardom and made her a coveted spokeswoman for many of the era’s most in vogue designers. In the famous scene where she sings, “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” Marilyn takes the precious gem to new heights: With thick diamond bangles layered over long pink gloves, a statement necklace with oversized diamonds and large diamond earrings, Marilyn is a vision of lavish jewelry. And it is only fitting that Norma Jean wore the most stunning piece from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” to the movie’s premier: The Moon of Baroda, a breathtaking 24.04 carat pear-shaped yellow diamond once worn by Marie Antoinette. That necklace is the ultimate statement of Marilyn’s icon status. When Marilyn wore diamonds, the world took notice.  So it’s no surprise that from that point on, Marilyn became the ultimate spokeswoman for diamond jewelry . Although her personal collection included mostly costume jewelry, she was able to develop her signature lavish style with the help of luxury jewelry giants such as Da Beers, who always ensured Marilyn was donning exquisite diamonds during public events. Stunning earrings, sleek necklaces and brilliant flashes of light followed her every footstep and featured prominently in her other landmark film, “Some Like It Hot.” The icon wore so many diamonds throughout her career that she received an award from the Jewelry Academy accompanied with the following note: “To Marilyn Monroe, the best friend a diamond ever had.” One notable piece in Marilyn Monroe’s personal jewelry collection is a platinum and diamond eternity band featuring 35 baguette diamonds around the band, given to her by Joe DiMaggio after their wedding in 1954. Recognizing Marilyn’s love for pearls, DiMaggio also presented his bride with a 16-inch strand of pearls featuring 44 exquisite Mikimoto pearls. The Golden Globe nominated film “My Week With Marilyn” is the latest testament to Marilyn Monroe’s timeless style. In the movie, Oscar Nominee Michelle Williams emulates Marilyn’s flair for decadent jewelry to a T. And the fabulous Vogue photos of Michelle dressed as Marilyn are just as stunning. From the famous earrings with strands of dangling diamonds to the feminine diamond bracelets, Williams captured the essence of the style for which Marilyn Monroe is still remembered – and emulated –today. From the stunning Moon of Baroda to the heavy, bold-impact diamond necklaces, Marilyn Monroe’s love affair with diamonds is one for the ages. Diamond & Estate Trust’s collection of loose diamonds , including colored diamonds, and exquisite vintage earrings and necklaces will help you capture the best of Marilyn Monroe’s style. Go here to read the rest: Marilyn Monroe – Jewelry Icon

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Gallery presents rare glimpses of cultural icons

February 6, 2012

Certain figures’ legacies have survived decades of new movies, new hit songs and new famous faces, remaining bona fide icons whose fame continues today despite the passage of time: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger . More here: Gallery presents rare glimpses of cultural icons

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Joi Lansing TV’s Blonde Bombshell

December 18, 2011
Joi Lansing TV’s Blonde Bombshell

Joi Lansing is television’s undisputed all-time #1 blonde bombshell. Officially dubbed “TV’s Marilyn Monroe” by the Hollywood entertainment industry, Joi Lansing appeared in a record-setting 300 television episodes as the platinum blonde femme fatale of the small screen. In a Hollywood life of sizzling glamor, Joi Lansing graced the cover of LIFE , enticed lovers Mickey Rooney , Orson Welles and Frank Sinatra , was crowned “Miss Hollywood,” became the #1 pin-up girl of the Vietnam War and sang in history’s very first music videos. Signed by MGM Studios as a teenager, Joi Lansing found herself competing with fellow newcomer Marilyn Monroe for the part in All About Eve , which Monroe got. Regularly cast in B-movies as a contemporary of Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren , the sexy starlet felt trapped. Although she appeared as an unnamed extra in films like Singin’ In The Rain , and she starred in movies like Queen of Outer Space and Touch of Evil with co-star Zsa Zsa Gabor , Joi Lansing wanted more exposure as an actress and pop singer. As a university student at UCLA , Joi Lansing was not content to play dumb blondes.

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Marilyn Monroe slept here

December 1, 2011

Marilyn Monroe was a frequent guest and spent the most time in Bungalow One, but Bungalow Seven was her favorite and is known as the “Norma Jean.” Marlene Dietrich convinced the Beverly Hills Hotel to ease its dress code so she could wear pants in the Polo Lounge. Read more: Marilyn Monroe slept here

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Marilyn Monroe’s iconic corset from Bus Stop set to fetch 200,000 pounds at auction

November 26, 2011

London, November 25 : The green and black sequined costume worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1957 movie Bus Stop , has been given a guide price of 200,000 pounds at an auction. The rest is here: Marilyn Monroe’s iconic corset from Bus Stop set to fetch 200,000 pounds at auction

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Lady Gaga Serenades Bill Clinton, Drops ‘F’ Bomb

October 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Lady Gaga enjoyed her “first real Marilyn moment” with former President Bill Clinton. The envelope-pushing pop superstar was one of several musicians who performed Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl during a concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of Clinton’s foundation, which has sought to improve global health, strengthen economies worldwide, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment for the past decade. “I always wanted to have one, and I was hoping that it didn’t involve pills and a strand of pearls,” she joked. Emerging from atop an all-white treehouse, Lady Gaga sported a wavy blonde `do and red lips like Marilyn Monroe, who famously crooned “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Lady Gaga similarly serenaded Clinton and changed several of her lyrics to reference him, including swapping the title of “Bad Romance” for “Bill Romance.” “I thought, `My God. I get Lady Gaga, and I will have a heart attack celebrating my 65th birthday,” Clinton later said. Clinton, who turned 65 on Aug. 19 but celebrated his birthday at a posh Hollywood party Friday night, sat between wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea in the front row throughout Saturday’s event at the outdoor venue set against the Hollywood Hills. Other famous attendees included Maria Bello, Ashton Kutcher, Jason Segel, Ellen DeGeneres, Colin Farrell and Chevy Chase. “I am the only person in history who got to be President and then had a post-presidential birthday party attended by both Lady Gaga and the Secretary of State,” Clinton joked on stage. “I want to thank Hillary because we met 40 years ago this year. When I met her, she was already doing the kind of work you see here long before it was cool.” Ticket prices for “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation,” which was streamed live on Yahoo.com, ranged from $50 to $550. Other performers included Motown legend Stevie Wonder, country star Kenny Chesney, Somali rapper K’Naan, Colombian crooner Juanes and R&B singer Usher. Usher kicked off his performance with a take on Joe Cocker’s rendition of the Beatles classic “With a Little Help From My Friends” before launching into his hits “Yeah” and “OMG.” The R&B singer accidently split his pant legs while dancing to reveal his bare left leg. The wardrobe malfunction didn’t stop Usher, who continued with his routine, telling the crowd: “I work hard.” Bono and The Edge of U2 closed the concert with a mostly acoustic set that included such tunes as “Desire,” “One” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” which Bono sang directly to Clinton. The duo – who were accompanied by a string quartet and Edge’s laptop – closed with “Miss Sarajevo.” Bono tackled the operatic part of the tune originally sung by the late Luciano Pavarotti. Clinton himself is no stranger to performing. The saxophone-playing politician memorably belted out “Heartbreak Hotel” when he visited Arsenio Hall’s show during his 1992 presidential campaign. Clinton didn’t pick up the instrument Saturday night, despite a plea from Lady Gaga, who informed him: “I wish you were playing sax with me tonight, baby.” ___ Online: http://clintonconcert.yahoo.com Link: Lady Gaga Serenades Bill Clinton, Drops ‘F’ Bomb

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PHOTO: Courtney Stodden Poses In Marilyn Monoe’s Handprints

October 11, 2011
PHOTO: Courtney Stodden Poses In Marilyn Monoe’s Handprints

As if the world need another actress comparing herself to Marilyn Monroe . Child bride and aspiring actress Courtney Stodden graced Hollywood Boulevard over the weekend in a gold lamé dress, and tweeted a photo of herself at Marilyn Monroe’s hand and shoe imprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Placing my hands in Marilyn Monroe’s provocative prints & what a perfect fit it is! XOs ;-x” Courtney, who is now known for her fascinating and bizarre tweets , told RadarOnline , “This was so much fun, Marilyn is an idol of mine!” The 17-year-old married 51-year-old actor, Doug Hutchison in June and the two recently signed a deal with Merv Griffin Entertainment to produce a reality show about the mismatched lovebirds. Marilyn is not the only blonde Courtney idolizes. In August she channeled Pamela Anderson on “Baywatch” , wearing the iconic high-cut red bathing suit. PHOTO: Read more: PHOTO: Courtney Stodden Poses In Marilyn Monoe’s Handprints

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