"JUST KEEP not taking yourself too seriously. And just remember to go get a hamburger!" That was Liza Minnelli talking to the Wall Street Journal the other day.
The "hamburger" reference comes from something her mother told her, when Liza arrived home crying about ugly remarks being made about Judy. Garland advised: "People will say what they are going to say. Let them say what they are going to say and you and I are going to get a hamburger."
In this Internet age of instant blogging, tweeting and dissing, perhaps stars should simply rent out space at Burger King.
I must say, however, in the language of John Wayne to Maureen O' Hara--"you're awfully purty when you're riled up, Justin."
His recent contribution to the world of gossipy anecdote has also been fairly profound with the publication of "Dropped Names." The New York Times categorized Frank's 65 chapters (65 celebs, all dead, save for Bunny Mellon) as a mix of "a mash note and a carpet-bombing."
Yes, it's that dishy!
But forget movies. What about Broadway? The revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" has broken its house record for the 7th time with a million dollar week! The last time a Miller work was even remotely as successful was back in 1964, with "After the Fall," which was the late playwright's take on life with the lady in the following item.
New books on the star are more plentiful than usual, including re-issues of Norman Mailer's 1973 bestseller, "Marilyn," now illustrated with only Bert Stern's photos from the infamous "last sitting." Also arriving soon is Lawrence Schiller's "Marilyn and Me," which tells of
that photographer's experiences with the star on the sets of "Let's Make Love" and "Something's Got To Give." (He gave the world the magnificent semi-nudes from her
pool scene in the latter, uncompleted film.)
Mr. Schiller will be on hand tonight at Steven Kasher Gallery, with Nan Talese and Taschen publishers, signing copies of his book. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served as people gawk at Schiller's photos, displayed on the gallery walls.
In Hollywood, beginning June 1 (it would be MM's 86th birthday!) Grauman's Chinese Theater in conjunction with Playboy, will present a week of the star's most famous movies--"Some Like It Hot," "The Seven Year Itch," "Bus Stop," and her most all-around entertaining film, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," with the equally great Jane Russell. (Russell, so Amazonian, so protective of Lorelei Lee, was hands down, Monroe's best "leading man.") It's a pity that the Chinese Theater has chosen to show Arthur Miller's dreary, condescending "The Misfits" instead of "The Prince and the Showgirl" which contains what is probably Monroe's greatest comic performance.
Oh, and I should mention that your Liz was on the MM bandwagon this year before anybody else, with a cover story in Q magazine. There will be a lot more coming!
Just before she died, Marilyn told Life magazine, "I want to state here and now, fame is fickle!" Perhaps--but not for you, dear girl.