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suusmarie
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Tara
http://www.phillyburbs.com/entertainment/m...3dcc16fdd1.html

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I still remember the first time I heard the name Marilyn Monroe. It was the spring of 1951 and I had recently been stationed at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base about 100 miles south of Hollywood.

Returning from noon chow, I noticed a number of my buddies were clustered in a small group ogling a photo in the latest edition of Leatherneck Magazine.

Back then, the Marine Corps’ monthly publication ran a popular “pin-up” photo on the back cover of each issue. A different actress or model was featured each month. On that month’s cover was Marilyn Monroe, the new movie glamour girl, smiling coyly and attired in a somewhat-revealing swimsuit.

While I had no idea who she was, several of my more savvy buddies did. They had already seen her in a movie called “The Asphalt Jungle” and highly recommended that I catch it. I did and was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered.

A few months later, I would get to meet and chat with Monroe. It was a Sunday afternoon, and along with William Lundigan (a popular male film actor of the day, who had recently co-starred with her and June Haver in the comedy-drama “Love Nest”), Monroe was appearing at the Veterans Home and Medical Center in West Los Angeles.

There, she and Lundigan would entertain the hundreds of veterans who were the home’s permanent residents. They included aging and disabled men whose military service dated all the way back to the American Indian wars.

Since active-duty military were also invited to the affair, and I was in Hollywood on a weekend pass, I decided to attend.

Yet West Los Angeles was a fair distance from Hollywood, and like most of my military friends, I was low on cash, couldn’t afford to spend what little I had on public transportation and would have to get there by hitchhiking.

It was worth the effort. Monroe and Lundigan each spent about an hour mingling with the veterans and members of the military, posing for photos and signing autographs.

While Lundigan, who had been making films for more than a decade, was better known, the extremely enthusiastic all-male audience quickly made the pretty and curvaceous young Monroe their center of attention. A few whistled and egged her on and she responded with her famous smile.

In a brief conversation, she struck me as somewhat shy, yet extremely intelligent and personable.

While walking from the facility preparing to hitchhike back into Hollywood, I noticed two large sedans being pulled to the front entrance. Lundigan got into the first car, doing his own driving. Monroe got into the second, an apparently chauffeur-driven car.

With my thumb extended, as a sign that I was looking for a ride, I watched the first car approach and could clearly see Lundigan glance casually at me and nod as he continued by.

Slightly disappointed, my attention now turned to Monroe’s car, which was just leaving the entrance. Apparently reacting to my again-extended thumb, the driver seemed to be slowing down and pulling toward me.

Then, I heard the voice. “Hey, Marine.” It was Lundigan, himself a former World War II Marine. He had stopped and was now backing up. “C’mon. Get in.” He had reached over and had opened the passenger door and was offering me a ride into town.

Glancing back, I noticed that the second car had slowed almost to a complete stop, and the driver was smiling at me and shrugging as if to say: “I tried.” Monroe was clearly visible sitting alone in the back seat smiling, her hand poised in a slight wave.

While I appreciated Lundigan’s kindness, and had an interesting conversation with him during the 20-minute ride, I often wondered what it might have been like to spend that 20 minutes riding with Monroe.

What a story that would have been to relay to my pals back at camp.
meganmarilyn
Tara, thanx you what a great story! throb.gif

I loved the quote "she struck me as somewhat shy, yet extremely intelligent and personable". That is her in a nutshell.

And if that soldier had gotten a ride with Marilyn for that long ride, I too would have loved to know their conversation.

I imagine Marilyn would have been the one asking questions too, since she had a curious nature. "Where are you from, your family, etc".
Tara
I'm glad you enjoyed it Megan - as did I - he described Marilyn very well, and I agree, she was not one to talk about herself all the time - she was genuinely interested in others, which is why this man felt so comfortable around her, I'm sure.
linkeando
I have a doubt. Reading Spoto writes she went to Pendleton wearing a cashmere sweater and a tight skirt... do you understand me?
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meganmarilyn
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suusmarie
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Joan Newman
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Wow those are gorgeous.
Thank you Suus.
She is so sweet and so sexy at the same time.
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meganmarilyn
Mm sang 2 songs. SOMEBODY LOVES YOU & DO IT AGAIN.

Exceprt from the book 'GEORGE GERSHWIN HIS LIFE & WORK ' on MM singing the song DO IT AGAIN.
CYRILPARIS
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chris
So Camp Pendleton and El Toro were the same place ? As for me it was two different places and two different places
According to Stacy and to Toledo Blade from February 22 ,1952 got an article from the man on the pic " Stefka" so not for April 4, 1952.
CYRILPARIS
One answer here http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/ind...st&p=196511
the Camp Pendleton was "an outlying field" of the El Toro naval base.
From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Corps_..._Camp_Pendleton
On September 25, 1942, the area presently known as Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, California was designated an auxiliary landing field and served as a sub-unit of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro

The date of April 4, 1952 come from Sheila Graham article: "a blurb by Sheila Graham that the visit probably took place on Sunday, April 4th, 1952" but I haven't this article. But I trust Stacy's book and I think it's rather February 22, 1952 and the Marilyn's hairstyle is more consistent than April 1952. I correct the date of this post.
meganmarilyn
The newspaper clipping I posted up above from "The San Antonio Express April 11", says it took place last Sunday. That would make it April 6. And a clipping from "The Milwaukee Journal April 18" mentions according to a Hollywood dispatch, it was a few days ago.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=1952&country=1


But on the 6th, she was at Owl Rexall Drugs (1952-04-07 The Galveston Daily News). So a conflict on the exact date. Her hair doesn't look the same between the 2 events.
CYRILPARIS
From Stacy's book. We recover the name of one soldier: Marine Corp Alexander J. Stefka so no doubt for the date.
http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/ind...t&id=174059
Presumably this is before February 22th.
meganmarilyn
QUOTE(CYRILPARIS @ Sep 10 2015, 05:14 AM) *
From Stacy's book. We recover the name of one soldier: Marine Corp Alexander J. Stefka so noubt for the date.
http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/ind...t&id=174059
Presumably this is before February 22th.


Ok, here it is...

So we have 2 different dates with different newspaper clippings. I think MM could have visited the base at 2 different times. Who knows.

chris
I find it too...
but as On September 25, 1942, the area presently known as Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, California was designated an auxiliary landing field and served as a sub-unit of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro
So one have the answer for Camp Pendleton no ?

meganmarilyn
QUOTE(chris @ Sep 10 2015, 07:16 AM) *
I find it too...
but as On September 25, 1942, the area presently known as Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, California was designated an auxiliary landing field and served as a sub-unit of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro
So one have the answer for Camp Pendleton no ?


I corrected my post above. Just don't understand the different dates by the newspaper clippings. Weird.
chris
I have to have a look back to Stacy's book but it seems that she wrote about two different events for this time. I ll be back Tomorrow on the morning with details
CYRILPARIS
QUOTE(meganmarilyn @ Sep 10 2015, 04:06 PM) *
Ok, here it is...

So we have 2 different dates with different newspaper clippings. I think MM could have visited the base at 2 different times. Who knows.


Thank you for the clipping Megan and Jeannette!
Stacy
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CYRILPARIS
QUOTE(ginie @ Jan 2 2016, 11:54 PM) *


Already diffused here in best quality http://www.everlasting-star.net/boards/ind...st&p=236063
suusmarie
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linkeando
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Stacy
Great find Jeannette!
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