Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jackie and Marilyn: The Men They Shared, part 2

Celebrity can work both ways, in that once a person is connected to another, fame can prove contagious, lasting and immortalizing. This is partly true when it comes to Richard Avedon.
A noted photographer, Avedon was hired several times to work with Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. Here is one of his most iconic shots of the actress:
What is most striking is that this picture happened toward the end of the shoot, after Marilyn had spent hours laughing, dancing, and twirling for the camera, or, as Avedon called it, "being Marilyn Monroe."
But another series of portraits solidified Avedon's fame: The Kennedy family portraits for Harpers Bazaar. Below is one of my all-time favorite moments between Jackie and her husband:
 Is there any denying his smirk and Jackie's 'wonderment'? Avedon deserves much applause for capturing those rare, almost-missed moments of Jackie and Marilyn. In both shots here, the women are legends in the making, ripe with youth and unearthly beauty.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Jackie and Marilyn: The Men They Shared, part 1

The affair between JFK and Marilyn has been verified through various accounts over the years. Although JFK was no stranger to infidelities, it's rumored that his dalliances with Marilyn pushed Jackie over the edge. Jackie insisted that JFK end the affair. Of course, weeks after Marilyn's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" performance, she was dead.

But did Jackie ever realize just how many men she and Marilyn shared, besides JFK?

The go-to man for celebrity hair care, "Mr. Kenneth" Battelle, was one such man.

He earned the title "Secretary of Grooming" and became famous for styling Jackie's hair, "with just enough movement but judicious amounts of hairspray."

Battelle eventually built an empire in the hair industry, but is also credited with helping Marilyn save and treat her hair. After she complained about her hair falling out from too many perms and too much bleach, she was recommended to Battelle.

Although it never would've happened, imagine if Jackie and Marilyn had passed one another going in and out of his salon....

Interesting, Battelle outlived both beauties, having only passed away in 2013 at the age of 88.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Upcoming Release!

Happy, excited, over-the-moon-thrilled to share that my latest, a novella, will be release on March 23, 2015. Hope you check it out!


"In the summer of 1962, nothing could prepare Dr. Charles Campbell for his first meeting with his new client, Marilyn Monroe. A reputable psychiatrist, he's been hired by a studio executive to handle and subdue the star, no matter what it takes. Although he's been warned about Ms. Monroe's unpredictability, she's not what he expected. In the days that follow, Charles' world is turned upside-down. Marilyn shares her secrets and threatens to go public with information that could ruin her career and destroy President Kennedy's administration. Saving Marilyn from her self-destructive ways and crossing doctor-patient boundaries, might also cost Charles Campbell his life."

Available for Pre-Order HERE.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Our dear Jackie

If you're a Jackie fan like me, you might want to check out and follow . The gentlemen who run the site / blog and Facebook page share interesting photos and bits of info, as do the very active members.

Here's a recent gem, a painting....

by Brandon Wolf

Stunning! You probably recognize the photo this is a copy of. I love how ethereal Jackie looks. For me, this is elegance on canvas.