Norm Jeane/Marilyn Monroe in Valladolid
I do not know which it is the motive for which, in our city, we are lucky to contemplate the photos of what one day was the album deprived of Norman Jeane. In these dates in the capital vallisoletana the instruments become polished so that our annual appointment with the SEMINCI is not out of tune and is to to the height of the contest. And this can be a powerful reason so that our leaders throw the rest and bring over the exhibition of a private collector (it is not necessary to forget it), Maite Minguez Ricard, to Valladolid. Be as out it is a big opportunity (and he even would say without risk of being wrong, that the almost only) of seeing the photos that for the long time he kept, like a treasure the young woman, Norma Jeane before turning into explosive Marilyn Monroe.
So that a small idea is done of what is going to see in the Exhibition hall of the House Retown they have to put themselves in situation. Almost all of us, or at least those that we are located in a generation previous to the digital cameras and even to that generation in whom to have a photos camera in the family was something exceptional (we would be speaking about the generation of the 60s or even a bit earlier), we have a photos album. At least in my family, each of the brothers we have our photos album. Album with embossed covers in leather and a bond as closing provided with sheets in dark cardboard and where the photos were placed, mostly black and white. The fixation system was a species of adhesive corners. To the topic, that I turn aside. Here the only thing that we can lack is this album. The rest, what there are the proper photos they are interspersed along the room and placed in rigorous chronological order. And we even can see the notes that I imagine it realized the proper Norm of its handle and letter.
The visitor will surprise there is the photo (perhaps the first one) of Norm Jeane to the little of being born in arms of, possibly since the face is not seen, of its mother. A little further on we have a photo colored with three years in the beach or a curious picture with: its first fiancé! to its tender five years. Also it was precocious in the wedding and this way we can contemplate a photo of study of its first marriage with Jim Dougherty when it was counting with 16 years. Later its first photos as model come and up to photos like actress (with its shooting partners) in one of its first movies “Scudda Hoo Scudda Hay” when she was already Marilyn Monroe.
THE COLLECTION OF MAITE MINGUEZ RICART
Maite Minguez Ricard possesses one of the biggest collections of objects related to the seventh art. Along with its husband, Lluis del Val, it founded the producing Sleeve Movie. Marilyn's personage had always fascinated it. A good day came across with a series of photos of the actress. By means of auctions and other buys it was done by a considerable collection. This sample, 52 photos, is the one that belongs to what she names the study of why Norm Jeane went so far as to turn into Marilyn Monroe.
Maite Minguez during the presentation of the sample, showed to feel fascinated by this woman. It was capable of breaking its labor contract with the Fox in a moment in which neither this, nor the proper actors males were, sometimes, capable of realizing. Her own producer created and this in Hollywood was unthinkable in a time in which the actors were uniting “of for life” with the producers. This point invites to reflect on a woman that they presented it to us like simpleton and easy blonde.
NORM JEANE BAKER:
FROM ITS CHILDHOOD UP TO ITS FIRST MARRIAGE (1926-1942)
Norm Jeane was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles of California. Now it would count with 84 years of age. Its final tragic actor turned it into a myth. Its beginnings were marked by the movies. Its mother, Gladys Baker, was employed at a cinematographic study like movies assembler. Its pregnancy was a fruit of a night of revelry. He was not sure very much that to do with the small Norm. Soon a friend would turn into its tutor. Grace Goddard was making accompany herself of the girl to the movies and to the lounges of hairdressing salon inculcating the taste for the glamor and everything what it was surrounding to the movie industry. This way platinum of Hollywood would meet the first blonde, Jean Harlow (1911 - 1937).
THE DISCOVERY OF THE FUTURE ACTRESS (1943-1945)
To the little of fulfilling sixteen years he married Jim Dougherty (son of a friend of its tutor Grace Goddard). Some time after, they destined the Pacific Ocean to Jim's good one to defend its homeland. Norm began to be employed at a company that was in charge of mounting the parachutes. The fortune wanted that a young lady's man, Ronald Regan (the future president of the USA.) was directing the Cinematographic Center of the Army. Regan ordered a series of photographers so that they were doing photos to the young Norm Jeane along with its work partners. David Conover, the second end of the army, remained fascinated of that 19-year-old blonde and he advises him to devote itself to model.
NORM JEANE TURNS INTO MARILYN MONROE (1946-1962)
On August 24, 1946 Norm Jeane Dougherty was meeting the ex-actor and headhunter of the Fox, Ben Lyon. Norm Jeane had realized a few tests as actress and she was on the point of signing a contract with the Fox, but it was staying to solve a detail: The question of its name.
Lyons said flatly that it was necessary to change the surname because Dougherty was not sounding well. Norm Jeane did not hesitate and chose the surname of the family of its mother: Monroe.
Alone was remaining the name and, suddenly, Lyons exclaimed: "I already know who you are; you are Marilyn!”. Lyons was admiring an actress called Marilyn Miller and was reminding Norm Jeane very much to her.
“Marilyn Monroe was the personification of the glamor of excellent Hollywood. Its immense attraction was capable of conquering the world, but in spite of its seductive beauty and its voluptuous curves, Marilyn was much more than a sexual symbol of the 50s. The apparent innocence of its look along with its innate sensuality did of its image an icon of international admiration for more than one century. Its life was the reflex of its passion and personal struggle. Today its spirit shines together the prestige of its incomparable image of legendary prima donna of Hollywood”.
An unavoidable appointment for the mythomaniacs and for all those lovers of the movies and curious in general. Do see it! And …: it does not cost anything!
MUNICIPAL ROOM OF THE HOUSE RETOWN. VALLADOLID
Cl. Torrecilla, 5
From October 7 until November 14, 2010
Schedule: from 12 to 14,30 h and from 18,30 to 21,30 hs
Filed file: Movies
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