• Vintage Film Posters and Film  auction at Christies

    Sale 5872

    Vintage Film Posters and Film Memorabilia

    24 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 405

    Marilyn Monroe

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    Marilyn Monroe
    A handwritten, signed letter by Marilyn Monroe, not dated, on note paper, 1p. double sided; to Dear Natasha explaining that Hathaway had to leave early but that she spoke with him on the phone and that he hasn't finished it yet but will do so tonite (sic) on the plane also he said that if he liked it he planned to show it to Robinson who he will meet in Paris in a few days. She explains further that she had kept waiting to hear and had only done so late this afternoon, signed Love Marilyn - 5x7in. (13x18cm.); together with a Bert Stern image of Monroe [later printing] - 8x6in. (20x15cm.) (2)

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    It is not known for sure who Natasha, the recipient of this letter is, but it is possible that Monroe was writing to 'Natasha Lytess', the Columbia Studios head drama coach. Lytess became the first to recognize that Marilyn did possess true acting talent, and served as Marilyn's personal acting teacher for seven years, even quitting her job at Columbia in 1950 to coach her most famous pupil on an exclusive basis. Again it is not known for sure who the 'Hathaway' referred to is, but it is possible that it may be 'Henry Hathaway' director of Monroe's 1953 film 'Niagra', and that Monroe is just keeping Natasha informed of developments in her career post Columbia.

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