Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad (1982)
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Douglas Kirkland for Look magazine on November 17, 1961.
Douglas Kirkland: The first time I met Marilyn to talk about the shoot, my colleagues and I went to her home on Doheny Drive – right on the edge where Beverly Hills and Hollywood connect. She was very disarming because she didn’t seem like a big superstar; she seemed more like the girl next door. I wanted to get some hot pictures of her, but in my shy Canadian way, I didn’t know how to say that. In the end Marilyn was the one to take charge. She said, ‘I know what we need. We need a bed, and we need white silk sheets – they must be silk. Frank Sinatra records, and Dom Pérignon champagne.’ She totally pre-empted what I wanted to go for on the shoot, and I was so relieved. We scheduled it to be done about three days later, at 7.30pm on a Friday evening.”
“The day came and I arrived promptly at the studio, which we’d we rented in Hollywood. I waited and waited, and 9.30pm came and she had not yet appeared. I said to myself, ‘If Marilyn doesn’t show up, it’s going to be a disaster. I’m still new at the publication, I’ve been sent to California, and if I don’t take back pictures it will be very difficult to explain.’ Just at that moment, at the other side of the studio, I heard the door open and in came Marilyn, with a lady carrying some clothes – ultimately she didn’t use them very much. She came in a completely different person to the girl I’d met last time – I saw the real Marilyn, the Marilyn we all think of. She seemed to move in slow motion to me; she had a luminescence about her and she didn’t step, she almost floated. That’s my memory of it, that’s the impression she left me with.”
Eddie Fisher and Family
(Original Caption) Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and first picture with their baby daughter who was born on October 21, 1956; her name is
Anna May Wong photographed by Francis Goodman, 1933.
Gypsy Rose Lee photographed George Hurrell, 1930s.
Pam Grier and Freddie Prinze at the 1975 NAACP Image Awards
Pam Grier: “We spent a lot of time talking about our dreams, where we had come from, and where we wanted to go. Freddie was Puerto Rican and Hungarian, and he turned to me to be one of his mentors in his life. I took the job willingly, entranced with his romanticism and his passion for life. I loved that Freddie constantly told me how beautiful I was, asked me questions, and actually listened to the answers. He may have been chronologically younger than I was, but he often showed a maturity beyond his years. When we finally became lovers, we were truly in love, deeply affectionate, and eager to support each other any way we could.”.
In her book, Pam details how Freddie was persistent in trying to get her pregnant but she didn’t want to bring a child into the world with him being unstable. He suffered from depression and as his drug abuse worsened she broke up with him.
(Excerpt from Foxy: My Life in Three Acts)
Henry Fonda and daughter Jane Fonda photographed by Leonard McCombe in New York City, 1960.
Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot meet for the first time in Deauville, before the filming of “Shalako” in 1968.
(Photos by Terry O’Neill)
In her 2010 memoir, “Foxy: My Life In Three Acts”, Pam Grier
claims that her sexual relationship with Richard Pryor caused cocaine to enter her system!
recounts how a conversation with her doctor led to her breakup with Richard Pryor:
He said, “Pam, I want to tell you about an epidemic that’s prevalent in Beverly Hills right now. It’s a buildup of cocaine residue around the cervix and in the vagina. You have it. Are you doing drugs?”
“No,” I said, astonished.
“Well, it’s really dangerous,” he went on. “Is your partner putting cocaine on his penis to sustain his erection?”
“No,” I said, “not that I know of. It’s not like he has a pile of cocaine next to the bed and he dips his penis in it before we have sex.” I had a nauseating flash of one of Richard’s famous lines: Even my dick has a cocaine jones.
“Are you sure he isn’t doing it in the bathroom before he comes to bed?” the doctor asked.
“That’s a possibility,” I said. “You know, I am dating Richard Pryor.”
“Oh, my God,” he said. “We have a serious problem here. If he’s not putting it on his skin directly, then it’s worse because the coke is in his seminal fluid. You can have some serious cervical and uterine problems. You can even become sterile and you might have to have a hysterectomy”.
“Will it ever go away,” I asked. “It’ll go away eventually,” the doctor said.
“In the meantime, he has to wear a condom or you’re going to be a very sick woman.”
The doctor then asks her if her mouth went numb while performing oral sex on Pryor, she says it did, he links it the Novocaine-like effects of cocaine. Pam confronted Richard about protecting her health and he rejected the issue:
Later that evening, I told Richard, I have cocaine inside of me. It’s eating me up and it could kill me. Have you been putting it on your penis?
“No. Of course not,” he answered quickly. I took a deep breath. “I have to ask you to wear a condom when we have sex.”
“What?” was all he said.
I said, “you have to Richard,” I pleaded with him. “Only for a while. I have to get rid of these lesions so I don’t get infections.”
He said, “I hate condoms. I can’t feel anything.”
“Will you at least talk to my doctor?”
I realized at that moment that I was not truly loved by this man.
He also got engaged to another woman while dating her. Pam was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1988.
Jane Birkin and Renaud Verley in Paris, 1969.