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Celebrate Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday! Comments Off on Celebrate Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday!

Posted on June 04, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

Marilyn Monroe

 

This week would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 88th birthday. She’s been dead for over half a century, but she’s still one of the most popular and iconic stars the world has ever seen. Why not celebrate by dressing up in a Marilyn Monroe costume?

Born in 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson (her last name was soon changed to Baker), she spent most of her childhood in a succession of foster homes, and first married at the age of 16 in order to avoid being sent to an orphanage. Her first job was in a munitions factory; while she was there, a film maker from the US Army came to take morale-boosting photos of young women helping the war effort. He took photos of Norma Jeane, and encouraged her to sign up to a modelling agency, which she did. Having been told they were looking for models with blonde hair, she bleached her own chestnut brown hair to a golden blonde colour, and quickly became the agency’s most popular model. Soon after, Norma Jeane was spotted by 20th Centry Fox, and signed up on a six-month contract. They didn’t like her name though, and decided to come up with a glamorous stage name. She chose Monroe as her surname, as it was her mother’s maiden name. Marilyn was chosen because she reminded a studio executive of Marilyn Miller, a 1920s Broadway musical star. Marilyn Monroe was born!

She had several bit-parts in movies during her time at 20th Century Fox, but her starring roles came later, after she had courted controversy by becoming Playboy Magazine’s first Playmate of the Month. Monroe’s IMDB entry boasts 33 credits as an actress, though most of us probably only associate her with a handful of movies: Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Something’s Got to Give or How to Marry a MillionaireShe quickly became typecast as a “dumb blonde” and seemed to play up to this role, with her trademark blonde hair and bright red lipstick. Here are ten things you might not have known about her though:

  1. Monroe is often depicted as the prime example of a curvy woman, but she was actually quite petite, weighing just 8st 3lb, at 5ft 5 tall.
  2. Although they divorced and she remarried, famous baseball player Joe DiMaggio made sure half a dozen long-stemmed red roses were placed on her grave twice a week until his death in 1999. His final words upon his death were “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
  3. Far from being a dumb blonde, her favourite novel was Ulysses by James Joyce, a famously complicated and difficult read. She said she read it aloud to herself, because she loved the way it sounded. She also read Walt Whitman and Tolstoy, and listened to Beethoven.
  4. The famous line, “it’s me, Sugar” from Some Like it Hot took an amazing 47 takes for Monroe to get right. In the end the director had to write it on a black board in front of her!
  5. Her favourite drink was Champagne, and her preferred brand was the pricey Dom Perignon.
  6. She purportedly shaved half an inch off one heel of each pair of shoes, in order to perfect that trademark wiggle as she walked.
  7. Although never nominated for an Oscar, she did win a Golden Globe in 1960 for her performance in Some Like it Hot.
  8. Hugh Hefner paid £54,000 to reserve a crypt next to hers
  9. That famous skirt blowing scene was in The Seven Year Itch. When she filmed it in 1954, over 2000 people gathered around to watch.
  10. She featured on a USA postage stamp in 1995.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe fancy dress is not as difficult as you’d think. The iconic Monroe look is simple yet effective: black mascara, single beauty spot, bright red lips. Finished off with a dash of Chanel No5, of course! Don’t worry if you’re not a natural blonde; she wasn’t either! A wig and a simple white dress, and you’re there! Your pooch can even get in on the action with a fabulous Marilyn Monroe dog costume.

Happy birthday Marilyn!

Themed Parties: The 1960s Comments Off on Themed Parties: The 1960s

Posted on September 24, 2012 by admin

Everybody loves a good old fashioned themed fancy dress party. Over the years, we have seen some truly great costumes come from the entertainment industry, but there is one decade that always stands out as a favourite amongst many – the 1960s.

It’s the chosen theme for many a fancy dress party and there’s plenty of inspiration for costumes. We take a look at some of the outfits that made the 1960s so memorable to give you some ideas for your own party.

The Beatles

Undoubtedly one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time, The Beatles are always on the horizon when it comes to 1960s fancy dress. Of all the Beatles costumes, Sergeant Pepper has to pip it at the post – the instantly recognisable costume is still a strong favourite today!

1966 Soccer Hero

The 60s was, indeed, the decade in which England won the World Cup (in case you had forgotten after all these years of hurt). Bobby Moore was an absolutely stalwart part of that defence and he has been immortalised in this soccer hero fancy dress costume to recognise his achievements.

Marilyn Monroe

We recently saw the 50th anniversary of the death of the Blonde Bombshell and it is only fitting that her distinctive look is still a fancy dress favourite in the 21st century. She was sultry, sexy and altogether loveable, so what better way is there to stand out at a themed fancy dress party today?

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