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theacademy:

Marilyn Monroe presents the Oscar for Sound Recording at the 23rd Oscars in 1951. Hosted by Fred Astaire.

elsiemarina:

Marilyn Monroe - Years

1952

1952 was an incredibly important year in Marilyn’s life.

In spring, Marilyn was introduced to her future husband, retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio. The soft-spoken DiMaggio was smitten, however, and he phoned Marilyn repeatedly. His persistence eventually paid off, and despite their differences, the unlikely couple began dating.

Marilyn’s career also began to take off. Shot in spring and summer of 1952, Niagara was directed by Henry Hathaway. Marilyn starred as a cunning adulteress named Rose Loomis, a character much harsher than those she had played in her earlier films.

The critics may have had their doubts about Marilyn, but the public made her a superstar after the release of Niagara in January 1953. The film grossed over $6,000,000 that year.

In March 1952, Marilyn’s career was rocked by a scandal when her nude photographs (taken by Tom Kelley in 1949) were published on a calendar. Marilyn decided it would be best to admit to posing for the photos, and be honest about why she did it. 20th Century Fox panicked and encouraged her to deny it, but Marilyn refused to lie to her fans. She then gave an interview explaining that she had been struggling for money, and that the photographer’s wife had been present during the shoot. Luckily, Marilyn had made the right decision - the public loved her even more for her honesty.

On her birthday, June 1st, Marilyn was told she had landed the role as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her co-star Jane Russell earned between $100,000 and $200,000 for her role, whilst Marilyn earned just $1,500 a week, totaling around $18,000 for her work. Aware that she was being taken advantage of, Marilyn insisted on her own dressing room. As she told the Fox executives, “I am the blonde, and it is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

susanapplegate:

"Carole Lombard was the great love of Gable’s life. Gable had met Lombard when he co-starred with her at Paramount in "No Man of Her Own" in 1932. The irony was that neither star at the time liked each other. Gable would cross paths with Lombard again in 1936 at the Mayfair Ball in Hollywood. At this point, the love affair took off and for the next three years, they were the most talked about couple in the film industry. Finally, they married on March 29, 1939 in Kingman, Arizona. It was a private and quiet ceremony. He called her Ma and she called him Pa. Gable was low key, reserved and laid back. Lombard, on the other hand, was boisterous, wacky and funny; she brought the joy out in him and learned to do everything he did: fishing, hunting and swearing. They were complement opposites. They lived happily on a small ranch in Encino, California until January 16, 1942 when Lombard was killed in a plane crash while returning home from a war bond tour in Indianapolis. She was only 33. Devastated, Gable was never the same again and enlisted into the army to bury his grief."Pierre Montiel

susanapplegate:

"Carole Lombard was the great love of Gable’s life. Gable had met Lombard when he co-starred with her at Paramount in "No Man of Her Own" in 1932. The irony was that neither star at the time liked each other. Gable would cross paths with Lombard again in 1936 at the Mayfair Ball in Hollywood. At this point, the love affair took off and for the next three years, they were the most talked about couple in the film industry. Finally, they married on March 29, 1939 in Kingman, Arizona. It was a private and quiet ceremony. He called her Ma and she called him Pa. Gable was low key, reserved and laid back. Lombard, on the other hand, was boisterous, wacky and funny; she brought the joy out in him and learned to do everything he did: fishing, hunting and swearing. They were complement opposites. They lived happily on a small ranch in Encino, California until January 16, 1942 when Lombard was killed in a plane crash while returning home from a war bond tour in Indianapolis. She was only 33. Devastated, Gable was never the same again and enlisted into the army to bury his grief."Pierre Montiel

classicactresses:

"Gone With the Wind" wins "All Time Favorite Motion Picture" on its 50th Anniversary, Olivia de Havilland accepts the award. (1989)

    “When we made Gone with the Wind in 1939, the life span of a film was only a year or two and then it quickly disappeared. On the set of Gone with the Wind, I did feel that this film had a special destiny but never in my wildest dreams did I think that half a century later, it would still be seen and still be loved and that you would choose it as your All-Time Favorite Motion Picture. If they could be with us here tonight, this would mean so much to Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard and Hattie McDaniel and all those others who helped make Margaret Mitchell’s remarkable story into a legendary film. How please they’d be most especially our producer, David Selznick that Gone with the Wind, this film about survival has itself survived time and change. Your vote is proof of it. From all of us, thank you.”