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Marilyn as reader

What Was In Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Library? by Jen Carlson, There are plenty of photos showing Marilyn Monroe in her glamorous Hollywood attire, but there may even be more of the sex symbol… reading. Even a dip in the shallow end … Continue reading

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Marilyn, fifty years later

Inventing Marilyn Anyone who thinks the story of Marilyn Monroe doesn’t warrant such attention doesn’t know much about it. By Caitlin Flanagan,, February 20, 2013 Thump—it landed on the doorstep last summer like an abandoned baby: the newest biography of Marilyn Monroe, a … Continue reading

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Emma Thompson interviews are a joy forever

Monogamy is an ‘odd state’, Emma Thompson says By Hannah Furness, The Telegraph, October 3, 2013 Monogamy in the modern day is an “odd state”, the Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has said, as she argues it is too easy to be … Continue reading

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Through the eyes of a Bling Ring-era teen

Memoirs of a Valley Girl Malcontent by Katie J.M. Baker,, May 29, 2013 One August afternoon when I was fourteen, my friend and I somehow acquired enough cash to rent a white stretch limo for an afternoon to drive … Continue reading

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The end of celebrity

From “The World Needs More Gwyneth Paltrow“ by Jonathan Naymark,, May 3, 2013 The past few weeks have been busy for America’s most contentious celebrity: Gwyneth Paltrow. PEOPLE Magazine named her the world’s most beautiful woman, while readers of Star … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor at 17: A Vintage Portrait

Elizabeth Taylor: Star Rising TIME, Monday, Aug. 22, 1949 Hollywood, which has a special logic of its own, has a ready answer for one kind of criticism: If entertaining the public and breaking box-office records isn’t art, what is? Beset … Continue reading

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The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Wild things: 16 films featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls by Donna Bowman, Amelie Gillette, Steven Hyden, Noel Murray, Leonard Pierce and Nathan Rabin The Onion A.V. Club, August 4, 2008 1. Elizabethtown (Kirsten Dunst) Ah, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, … Continue reading

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Orphan Stories

Why We Love Movies About Orphans We root for Harry Potter for the same reasons we root for Oliver Twist and Shirley Temple: because they’ve lost their parents. by Steve Daly, Newsweek, November 18, 2010 In the avalanche of moody, … Continue reading

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Voices from Old Hollywood

CBC Radio Rewind – “Leading Ladies #1” The first of two programs about some of the leading ladies of Hollywood who took time, during the peak of their careers or in their twilight years, to talk with CBC Radio. Think … Continue reading

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Not too seductive, not too virginal… the messy tale of Holly Go-not-so-lightly

Tantrums at Tiffany’s: How a viper’s nest of clashing egos nearly killed off one of the best-loved films ever made by Corinna Honan, The Daily Mail, November 5, 2010 When it came to casting the star of Breakfast At ­Tiffany’s, the … Continue reading

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