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post Jul 17 2005, 08:02 AM
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post Jul 17 2005, 08:04 AM
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post Jul 17 2005, 08:06 AM
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post Aug 29 2005, 08:02 PM
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post Aug 29 2005, 08:24 PM
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I like these photos, and I like the idea of Marilyn getting away and having fun. I hope she did - even with the press around.

I know that Marilyn went there with Mrs Murray and Pat Newcomb. She ordered furniture for her new home. There was a press conference, and Marilyn visited an orphanage. I guess she met Jose Bolanos in Mexico.

Does anyone know more about this trip - any stories? I feel it has been overlooked in some of the biographies.

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post Aug 30 2005, 05:35 AM
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Get ready to read Tara !

Cursum Perficio
Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood Hacienda
by Gary Vitacco- Robles

Note: (I am only quoting specific sections from the chapter)

" Marilyn approaches the renovation and decoration of her new home as passionately as she prepares for a film role.She painstakingly researches authentic Mexican design, landscaping and furniture. Marilyn organizes an eleven-day trip to Mexico to purchase native furnishings and decorations for the home. The trip will be a personal and creative success marked by Marilyn's ability to sleep without the use of barbiturates.

Mrs. Murray arrives in Mexico a week earlier than Marilyn to scout the shops. Mrs. Murray's former brother-in-law, Churchill Murray, a producer of an English language radio program, joins her.

Marilyn first travels to Florida to visit her former father-in-law, Isador Miller. She remains devoted to the recent widower whom she routinely telephones on Sunday evenings.Marilyn and the elder Miller dine at the Fountainblieu Hotel's Club Gigi on Miami Beach and attend a cabaret show at the Minaret. The next day, Marilyn hosts a dinner for Miller and several of his friends. Miller later finds two hundred dollars stuffed in his pocket by Marilyn. He will say, "Marilyn wanted me to protect her, but she also protected me."

Marilyn finally arrives in Mexico City on February 21, 1962, with an entourage including Patricia Newcomb and hairdresser George Masters. She registers into a two-bedroom suite at the Continental Hilton Hotel. Two guards are posted at Marilyn's door. Outside, Mexican fans chant their pronunciation of her name, "Maraleen", but respect her privacy without incident.

Newcomb coordinates a press conference in the hotel's Grand Ballroom on February 26. Newsreels of the event show a svelte and glamorous Marilyn wearing a bouffant hairstyle similar to the one she will don in Something's Got To Give. Clutching a flowing chiffon scarf, she swirls for the photographers and models a green Jersey sheath by Italian designer Pucci. It is perhaps her favorite dress, and she is buried wearing it six months later. She has been photographed in this sheath foe a formal portrait with Maf-Honey in November 1961. It's knee-length hemline rises slightly as Marilyn sits demurely on a sofa and crosses her legs during the interview. Reporters extend microphones into Marilyn's personal space, and she graciousy charms them with her quick wit and charisma. Newsreel footage reveals cameramen disrespectfully focus their lenses on Marilyn's pelvic region. It is a rude and shocking intrusion.

Marilyn meets actor Cantinflas and is enthusiastically received by members of the Mexican film industry. Screenwriter Jose Bolanos, who wrote the script for La Cucaracha, is especially drawn to her. Bolanos is dark, attractive, and close to Marilyn's age. He sends flowers on a silver platter to Pat Newcomb attempting to arrange a meeting with Marilyn. Reportedly, he also follows Marilyn to another city and appears below her hotel window with dueling mariachi bands. Marilyn is concerned that the romantic serenade will disturb other guests. Patricia Newcomb sees an opportunity to generate publicity for her client and arranges flying Bolanos to Los Angeles as Marilyn's escort to the Golden Globe Award ceremony scheduled March 5th.

In Toluca, Marilyn connects with Fred Vanderbuilt Fields with whom she shares mutual friends in Connecticut. Fields is a collector of pre-Columbian artifacts and director of the American Russian Institute. He was also a friend of Dr. Greenson's mother. Field's wife, Nieves, was once a model for artist Diego Rivera. Marilyn and the couple establish immediate rapport and extend their time together by planning a three-day shopping excursion in Cuernavaca, Taxco and Borda. Mrs. Fields will say, "Marilyn's politics were excellent. She had strong feelings about civil rights and black equality. She was beautiful beyond measure...warm, attractive, bright and witty; curious about things, people and ideas...also incredibly complicated."

Mrs. Murray and Churchill Murray join the expedition now expanded to a convoy of two cars and three presidential guards. Marilyn buys colorful handcrafted items, baskets and linens in open plazas. She also obtains a black and red bordered wall hanging to display in the sunroom. Marilyn is especially enthused by a hand-embroidered tablecloth with colorful Mexican figures in the weave and decides it would compliment her breakfast nook trestle table. In Talleres Borda, Taxco, Marilyn meets local artists in a silver shop closed to the public for her visit. She orders glass and metal sconce light fixtures, a silver-frames mirror for the dining room, and large mirrors for her bedroom. The sconces will be mounted on walls throughout her new home.

Marilyn is entertained by William Spratling, formerly a professor of architecture at Tulane University. Spratling visited Mexico over thirty years before to research village life and remained to open a silver shop in Taxco. Marilyn enjoys a luncheon at Spratling's ranch amid banana trees and sugar cane. She admires her host's round mahogany dining table with scalloped octagonal base and learns it was made at one of his shops. Coincidentally, it's scalloped design matches the tables Marilyn has purchased from a New York antique shop. She quickly asks Spratling to design a copy of the table for her dining room.

Also in Taxco, Marilyn impulsively purchases authentic Mexican living room chairs with hand-carved backs and legs and a chess set of silver and gold.

Back in Mexico City, Marilyn visits the National Institute for the Protection of Children, a Catholic orphanage. She wears a colorful, clinging geometric print sheath, which she will model for Bert Stern's photo session in June. She meets with the nuns who coordinate adoptions and applies to adopt one or more of the orphaned children. She writes a check for a thousand-dollar donation, impulsively tears the check and writes another for the sum of $10,000.

Marilyn also visits the Byrna Gallery and invests in three oil painting. One depicts an adobe house at twilight with a light in the window. She also attends a reception attended by diplomats and government officials where she discusses social problems.

On the morning of departure, Marilyn begins dressing and discovers that Mrs. Murray has packed her shoes the night before in luggage that has been transported to the airport. She borrows Mrs. Murray's white bedroom slippers to board the plane. Mrs. Murray appreciates her employer's good humor about the mishap.

Marilyn returns to Los Angeles on March 2nd to discover that a national magazine has published her current current address. She is alarmed and decides to move into the home before the major renovations begin. She tells friends, "I'll walk on the bare floors. I'll eat out. But I want to sleep in my house. I'll feel so much safer there." Marilyn moves her possessions and a few furnishings from the Doheny Drive apartment to Fifth Helena Drive on the weekend of March 8th and 9th with assistance from Joe DiMaggio. He stays with her for several days. The house is virtually bare."
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post Aug 30 2005, 03:23 PM
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Great info! Thanks Nettie.
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post Aug 30 2005, 05:06 PM
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Thanks so much Nettie for taking the time to write this up. (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/worshippy.gif) It's so interesting, and it helps to shed light on the photos. I hope to get my own copy of Cursum Perficio one day. Thanks again Nettie! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/dancingmm2_279_203.gif)
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post Aug 30 2005, 05:59 PM
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(IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/worshippy.gif) Wow! I learned so much reading what you typed out, Nettie. It was very interesting. Thanks a million! (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/winkiss.gif)

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post Aug 31 2005, 03:27 AM
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My pleasure. This is my most favorite Marilyn book. I too have learned the most from reading it. I was glad to get the facts on Jose Bolanos and how they met. Sounds romantic to me. Doesn't she look cozy with him? I saw a picture of him standing in front of her grave once. Does anyone have it maybe?

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post Aug 31 2005, 04:24 PM
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It's definitely a book I'd love to have. (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
She does look quite cozy with him, especially in the second picture, it's a cute pic. I've seen the picture you're talking about, but I don't have it saved in my files. (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/no.gif)
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post Aug 31 2005, 05:22 PM
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Ooh I would love to see that picture.
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post Sep 2 2005, 07:52 PM
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Hi,
do you mean this pic of Jose?
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post Sep 2 2005, 08:38 PM
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Oh my God Paul. Thank you so very much Paul.. I saved that baby. I had only seen a tiny one.
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post Sep 5 2005, 01:24 PM
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wow it looks so sad to see him at the grave knowing that they were together only moths before
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post Sep 5 2005, 08:46 PM
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QUOTE(purple-haze @ Sep 5 2005, 12:24 PM)
wow it looks so sad to see him at the grave knowing that they were together only moths before
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Yes and note the dark glasses that are there for a reason.

Does anyone know what became of Mr Bolanos? I am sure I do but cannot recall what became of him! Plus does anyone know what this big secret of his was that would one day 'shock the world'? Was it the JFK/RFK thing?
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post Sep 5 2005, 09:17 PM
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jose bolanos passed away of a cerebal spill the 11 of june 1994.months before dying,bolanos was contacted by the american writer peter brown so he could reveal details about his romantic relationship with marilyn monroe,to which the mexican director fully refused in a tribute to the affection and respect to the privacy he shared with the blond goddess.
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post Sep 5 2005, 09:33 PM
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Thanks for that info Ellen (IMG:http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/style_emoticons/default/marilynbybrandon_190.gif)
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post Sep 6 2005, 04:40 AM
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How lovely, thank you Ellen. She should have fallen inlove with him. Who knows, maybe she would have, had she lived on.

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