Thank you to everyone who came out to the Long Beach Zine Fest today! If you don’t know what a zine is or haven’t been to a zine fest… what are you waiting for?!?! I sold out of Dorothy Dandridge today! It makes me happy to know that more people are going to learn about this legend! Also, sold a bunch of copies of Lupe Velez! Tell the stories that haven’t been told or tell the same story differently.
Excited for Long Beach Zine Fest tomorrow! Come by and pick up our latest issue Dead in Hollywood: Marilyn of Avalon (Issue #11). Expo Arts Center - 4321 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA ☠️ 11am-5pm ☠️Come help us raise the dead and find out about Marilyn Monroe’s year and a half living on the island of Catalina… 26 miles off the coast of Southern California.
Pick up a copy of our latest issue of the fanzine Dead in Hollywood: Marilyn of Avalon (Issue #11). We’ll be tabling at tomorrow’s 2019 Long Beach Zine Fest. If anyone is in Long Beach, CA tomorrow stop by and say hi. I’d love to meet more of you! We’ll be at Expo Arts Center 4321 Atlantic AveLong Beach, CA 90807 from 11am-5pm.
𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙻𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝙿𝚊𝚐𝚎! 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚌𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛! 𝙸 𝙵𝙸𝙽𝙰𝙻𝙻𝚈 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍: 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝙰𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗! 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚂𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚢'𝚜 𝙻𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝙱𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚉𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝙵𝚎𝚜𝚝! 𝙸𝚝 𝚝𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚖𝚎 𝚊 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎. 𝙸𝚝'𝚜 𝚖𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚢𝚎𝚝. 𝚆𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚢. 𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚒𝚝! 𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙻𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝙱𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚉𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝙵𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚞𝚙 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚙𝚢. 𝙽𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚞𝚙, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔𝚎𝚛... 𝙸'𝚖 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚢 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚎. Which back cover do you prefer? I can’t decide!
𝚃𝚠𝚘 𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚏𝚒𝚕𝚖 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎'𝚜 𝚗𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚙𝚜𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚎𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚗𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚒𝚡 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑. "𝚂𝚌𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚞𝚜: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑 𝚘𝚏 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎," 𝚊 𝚍𝚘𝚌𝚞-𝚜𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚂𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚊𝚢, 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚒𝚌𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚊𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚊 𝙻𝚘𝚜 𝙰𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚐𝚞𝚎.
Hard at work on the next 4 Dead in Hollywood fanzines! “Marilyn of Avalon” will tell the story of Marilyn Monroe’s year and a half living on the island of Catalina off the coast of Southern California. “The Crucifixion of George Michael” will focus on that infamous day when George Michael was arrested for “lewd conduct” in a Beverly Hills restroom. “Prince” will be a tribute to the life of one of my favs and my journey this past April to Prince’s home and studio Paisley Park. “The Night Stalker” will be an in-depth retelling of one of California’s most horrifying serial killers, Richard Ramirez.
Sleep tight, Dead in Hollywood
𝚃𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎'𝚜 𝟿𝟹𝚛𝚍 𝚋𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚍𝚊𝚢. 𝙷𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝙱𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍.
𝙸𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟺𝟸, 𝟷𝟼-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝙽𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚊 𝙹𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝙱𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝟸𝟷-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚋𝚘𝚛, 𝙹𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙳𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢 - 𝚊 𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝙲𝚊𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚊 𝙸𝚜𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍. 𝙳𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙰𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗 𝙷𝚊𝚛𝚋𝚘𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝙼𝚒𝚜𝚜 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚊𝚗𝚍-𝚊-𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚏 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚠𝚒𝚏𝚎, 𝟸𝟼 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝙲𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚊. (Instagram: deadinhollywoodzine)
𝙿𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝟺 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝟻 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚞𝚙𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍: 𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎. 𝙸 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝙻𝚎𝚗𝚊 𝙷𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚍𝚞𝚋𝚋𝚎𝚍 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚊 "𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎." 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝙱𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝙰𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝙰𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚢 𝙰𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍. (IG: deadinhollywoodzine)
The Duke of Catalina: Duke Fishman, the "Original Greeter" at Avalon. Landing on Catalina Island in 1933 after living in a South Seas orphanage for most of his life, a 27-year-old Duke finds work as a lifeguard on the island. After a short stint as a houseman at the Annandale Golf Club, Duke becomes Avalon's "Goodwill Ambassador” - Avalon Harbor is Catalina’s main attraction. Duke leads tourists in singing the town's signature song "Avalon" as they disembark their steamships. Duke is also notable as the original, advertising character for the cleaning product “Mr. Clean." In 1975, he has open heart surgery and gives up his lifeguard duties in Avalon, but continues his role as Avalon's greeter. In 1977, his health deteriorates, and he returns to his small trailer in Palm Springs - as he did every fall. After 40 years, Avalon decides not to renew his contract as "Official Greeter,” and on December 22, 1977, a friend finds Duke dead in his trailer from a heart attack. He was 71. He is interred in Avalon's Cemetery. The position of "Official Greeter" has remained vacant since his death.
"If you listen, you can hear it call."
At 16, Norma Jeane has two options: Ship off to another orphanage, or marry the boy-next-door and set sail for Catalina Island. According to Norma Jeane's then-husband, James Daughtry, the island paradise is where Marilyn Monroe is born. Dougherty states, “I would marvel at how she’d ‘turn on’ when she was walking and knew men were looking at her. She’d do ‘the walk’ seen later in millions of her films, but back then, she was just learning to do it, and she was very, very good at it!”
“Oh it’s hard to explain the feeling I had.” -Marilyn Monroe describing her time on Catalina Island
Photo: Marilyn on Catalina Island when she was still Norma Jeane. Background photos: The famous Catalina tiles that I snapped pictures of when I was visiting the island this past weekend.