Marilyn Monroe: Palm Springs – but folk are trying to have her moved

IN 1954, AT THE SHOWING OF SEVEN YEAR ITCH, MARILYN MONROE ATTRACTED A CROWD OF REPORTERS AS SHE STRUTTED HER STUFF. HER FAMOUS SKIRT, BY STANDING OVER THE SUBWAY GRATING IN NEW YORK, WAS BLOWING EVERY WHICH WAY.

 

CNN INTERNATIONAL: MARILYN MONROE’S STATUE, DRESSED EXACTLY AS SHE LOOKED WHEN SHE POSED FOR THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, OUTSIDE THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, CALIFORNIA.

THE PHOTO OF MM THAT QUICKLY MADE ITS WAY TO BEING WORLD FAMOUS.

SAM SHAW           ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ABOUT FORTY YEARS AGO, I WAS ASSIGNED BY (THE) PRODUCER TO COVER THE MAKING OF THE FILM SEVEN YEAR ITCH STARRING MARILYN MONROE. THE MAJOR OBJECTIVE WAS TO FIND A PHOTOGRAPHIC SITUATION THAT COULD BECOME THE LOGO THEME OF THE MOVIE.

THAT PHOTO WAS THE FAMOUS SKIRT BLOWING SEQUENCE OF MARILYN MONROE STANDING OVER A SUBWAY GRATING ON 51ST STREET AND LEXINGTON AVENUE IN NEW YORK.

SINCE THEN, THE PHOTOGRAPH HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST REPRODUCED PRINTS IN THE WORLD. THE SETUP FOR THE PHOTO WASN’T AN ACCIDENT. I DID A … COVER SHOT IN STEEPLECHASE PARK IN BROOKLYN’S CONEY ISLAND OF A GIRL IN A ROLLING BARREL AND USED A WIND MACHINE.

WHEN MM WAS PERCHED OVER THE GRATING, HER DRESS WAS BLOWING UPWARD IN THE WIND, THIS WAS A UNIQUE EVENT. JUST ABOUT EVERY COLUMNIST WAS THERE AND LOADS OF POTENTIAL MOVIE GOERS.

THE BEAUTIFUL MODEL, POSING BESIDE A SAILOR, WITH HER BLOWING SKIRT, MADE THE MAGAZINE SELL OUT THE FIRST DAY IT HIT THE NEWS-STANDS.

ON THE DAY OF THE PHOTO SHOOT, THE CROWDS WERE HELD BACK BY POLICE. ON THE SIDELINES WERE FAMOUS … BROADWAY COLUMNISTS. WHEN I SIGNALLED …  TO HAVE THE MAN AT THE WIND MACHINE UNDER THE GRATING TO TURN IT ON, MARILYN POSED FOR ME AS SHE BATTED DOWN THE WINDBLOWN SKIRT. JOE DIMAGGIO HAD WAS UPSET WITH HER; HE WALKED OFF THE SET.

SHE LOVED IT. THE CROWD LOVED IT.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT.

TOM AND MARILYN MONROE ARE A DELIGHTFUL COMBINATION IN THIS COMEDY ABOUT A MARRIED MAN WHO BECOMES INFATUATED WITH A MODEL.

IN 2018, MARILYN MONROE EXHIBITION ORGANISERS HAD THE STATUE UNVEILED NEAR THE BENDIGO MUSEUM.

A GALAXY OF MARILYN MONROE FRONT COVERS AT A BENDIGO RESTURANT IN 2018.

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VALE: Legendary Brain Henderson, “Mr Bandstand”, dead – he was always at the forefront!

BRAIN HENDERSON. HERE IS THE NEWS.

BRAIN HENDERSON LOOKING “COOL”.

HE BROADCAST THE NEWS FOR 45 YEARS.

FRANK MORRIS

THE LEGENDARY BROADCASTER, BRIAN HENDERSON, A GIANT OF THE AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION INDUSTRY, HAS DIED AT AGED 89 AFTER A BATTLE WITH CANCER.

HE HOSTED THE SYDNEY NINE WEEKNIGHT NEWS FROM 1957 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2002, BECOMING AUSTRALIA’S LONGEST-SERVING NEWS PRESENTER. HE HAD BEEN IN BROADCASTING SINCE THE LATE 1940s.

HENDERSON WAS BORN IN DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND, IN 1931. HE BECAME A RADIO ANNOUNCER AT 16. HE MOVED SYDNEY WHERE HE CAME TO LIGHT ON 2CH DOING THE BREAKFAST PROGAM BEFORE JOINING TCN9 IN 1957. HIS MAIN TASK WAS DOING TV COMMERCIALS AND PRESENTED THE MIDWEEK MOVIES.

“WIN A LUXURY DREAM HOME” -- THE WHOLE TWO-WEEK PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN WAS A HIT. PEOPLE FROM NSW AND INTERSTATE JOINED THE THRONG OF NEARLY 20,000 EXTRA READERSHIP.

HENDERSON SCORED ANOTHER COUP. THE STUDIO WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH HENDERSON THAT HE WAS ASKED TO HOST BANDSTAND, A NATONAL SHOW, WHICH LASTED FOR 15 YEARS. IT WAS WATCHED ON 28 STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE SHOW PIONEERED MUSIC BOARDCASTING IN AUSTRALIA.

WHAT MADE IT A RUN-AWAY SHOW AND SEEING HENDERSON IN DRAIN-PIPE TROUSERS AND BLACK-RIMMED GLASSES, WAS THE FACT THAT THE NINE ORANISERS HAS SELECTED THE RIGHT PERSONALITY TO LEAD IT. “HE WAS THE EPITOME OF LOOKING “COOL”, A COLLEAGUE SAID.

HENDERSON WON THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR A TV PERSONALITY, THE GOLD LOGIE, IN 1968.  HE READ THE NEWS ON NINE MOST OF THE TIME THE STATION HAD BEEN IN OPERATION. HE TOOK OVER READING THE MAIN BULLETINS WHEN CHUCK FAULKNER, ANOTHER NOTABLE NEWS READER, LEFT THE CHANNEL.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT:

I MET BRIAN HENDERSON ONLY ONCE. AND THAT WAS WHEN I WORKED FOR AN AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER. I  WAS IN CHANRE OF THE PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONAL CAMPIGN FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOWS EVER -- ‘WIN THIS LUXURY DREAM HOUSE” – IN TANDEM WITH CHANNEL NINE. THAT WAS IN THE MID 1960s.THAT’S THE TIME I SAW HIM IN THE FLESH.

I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT BANDSTAND WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED ACCENT ON YOUTH BEFORE IT BECAME BANDSTAND.

< < LISTENER IN-TV. JANUARY 1964; AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW,OCTOBER 8, 1982.

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GREAT WAR: SNIPER FROM GALLIPOLI – SHARP SHOOTING WAS HIS LIFE!

SHARP-SHOOTING BILLY SING HAS A BREAK FROM SNIPPING AT THE ENEMY.

BILLY SING WAS ONE OF MOST FEARED SNIPERS IN GALLIPOLI.

FRANK MORRIS

Billy Sing was a celebrated hunter. When put into the battlefield of Gallipoli, he was one the most feared snipers of this campaign. He had over 200 ‘kills’ and that made Sing, a Light Horseman from Queensland, a dangerous man.

Sing, a former ‘roo shooter, became a marked man. He was cool, lethal and focused, was how one writer described him, “after witnessing the felling of his brothers in arms” by Turkish snipers.

He was a mortal most feared by the Turks. A loaded weapon in Sing’s hand was a problem as deadly as any mortar gun. Fellows who knew him well said Sing should be regarded as “an extraordinary man”.

A plaque put up in his honour sums up our feeling for him: “Let us be grateful that Billy Sing was one of ours.”

Sing was eventually awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal “for conspicuous gallantry” as a sniper at Anzac Cove on March 10, 1916. In France “he led a unit at the Battle of Polygon Wood, in counter-sniper operations,” and he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

BILLY SING WAS A HERO. HE WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY. BILLY SING WAS REGARDED AS “A MOST EXTRAORDINARY MAN”.

He married a Scottish lass in Edinburgh in 1917, and arrived home in Proserpine, Queensland in 1918. “The town turned out to greet him … there were brass bands, speeches and congratulations from dignitaries.”

Although Sing found it hard to settle down, there was another event in store: his wife left him.

He was given a settlement block but found the country was “unsuitable” for farming so he moved to the Miclere goldfield; then in 1942, he left for Brisbane to be near his surviving sister and worked as a labourer.

On May 19, 1943, in died in a boarding house in Brisbane from a ruptured aorta aged 57.

Gone was the World War 1 hero, “a man who saved many Australian lives.”

<< From Grand Years Australia: The story of us; Issue 2; Feb 26, 2015; and Frank Morris.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences: An Epilogue

THE COLLECTION OF LETTERS, CARDS, NOTES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS WAS PRESENTED TO THE NATIONAL LIBRARY, CANBERRA.

FRANK MORRIS

Judging from the copies of letters and notes in her collection, Ruth wrote frequently to newspaper editors, radio commentators and other public figures “always putting the case for peace and progress and women’s rights.”

Ruth and Jack Philpot moved to different suburbs over the next thirty years, living in the south-western area of Sydney.

She was a member of the Union of Australian Women from 1950 to 1980, an organisation which at the time was heavily concerned with Child Endowment, baby bonuses, assisting distressed families, and rising costs of rent and food.

The UAW was successful in having a maternity ward opened at Parramatta Hospital.

Jack died in 1975. Ruth lived out her final years in a retirement village. She died in 1994. In her will she directed that “the whole proceeds of the property be given to the Australian Peace Committee.”

The collection of letters, cards, notes and other documents belonging to Ruth and Jack – a contribution to the working class struggle – was presented to the National Library, Canberra

COMING: GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO – FROM THE BEGINNING.

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‘Postie’ – he doesn’t know which way to turn!

<< FRANK MORRIS COLLECTION.

NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON AUGUST 27.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 12 August 21

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