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.
𝟹𝟶 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚘, 𝙴𝚛𝚒𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙻𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝙼𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚣 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 - 𝙹𝚘𝚜é 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙺𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚢 - 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚢'𝚜 𝙱𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚕𝚢 𝙷𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚗 𝙴𝚕𝚖. 𝚂𝚝. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚜𝚞𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚝 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚜𝚞𝚜𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚒𝚗𝚟𝚘𝚕𝚟𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 "𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚘𝚢𝚜" 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚗 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚒𝚗𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚕𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚕𝚢 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜. 𝙰𝚝 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚕, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙱𝚘𝚢𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚐𝚞𝚗 𝚖𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚎𝚡𝚞𝚊𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕 𝚊𝚋𝚞𝚜𝚎. 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙼𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚣 𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚖𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚛𝚍 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚘. 𝙸 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚗 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝙻𝚢𝚕𝚎 𝙼𝚎𝚗𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚣 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚎 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚘𝚗! 𝙵𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢... 𝚙𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝚞𝚙 𝚊 𝚌𝚘𝚙𝚢 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎 HERE!
..𝚆𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚆𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝙻𝚘𝚜 𝙰𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚜, 𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚝𝚑𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚞𝚜𝚋𝚊𝚗𝚍, 𝙿𝚊𝚞𝚕 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚍𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖. 𝙰𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 𝟾 𝚙𝚖, 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚖𝚎. 𝙰𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚌𝚢 - 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗'𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚍𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖 𝚍𝚘𝚘𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚍 - 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚃.𝚅. 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖. 𝚂𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝟷𝟷 𝚙𝚖, 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛'𝚜 𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚜 𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚍𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚞𝚍𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛. 𝙴𝚊𝚌𝚑 𝚔𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚊 𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚕𝚎 𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛'𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚐𝚞𝚗. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚜𝚒𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎...
𝟹𝟿 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚊𝚐𝚘 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢, 𝙿𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚋𝚘𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚍𝚎𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜, 𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗, 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚖𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚑𝚞𝚜𝚋𝚊𝚗𝚍, 𝙿𝚊𝚞𝚕 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛, 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚆𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝙻𝚘𝚜 𝙰𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎. 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚜 "𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝" 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔. 𝙴𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝚂𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗'𝚜 𝚕𝚊𝚠𝚢𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚒𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚢 𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚎𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚒𝚟𝚘𝚛𝚌𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚐𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚑𝚖. 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚌𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚐𝚘 𝚜𝚖𝚘𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚏 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚂𝚗𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢...
On our way to opening night of OUTFEST to watch the documentary “Circus of Books.” Circus of Books was the first place that was willing to sell my zines. I remember the owner, Karen Mason, saying, “Why are you doing this? There’s no money in zines.” 😁 I found her candor refreshing and inspiring. Circus of Books gave me the courage and confidence to create. 2 years and 15 issues later, here we are.
𝙻𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚗 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚢 𝟾𝚝𝚑, 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟾, 𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚔. 𝙷𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝟾𝟼. 𝙸𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝟷𝟿𝟻𝟶𝚜, 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚖 "𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚋." 𝙰 "𝚏𝚊𝚗 𝚏𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎" 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚝. 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 "𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐-𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚞𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚜" 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚐𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟻 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚋𝚒𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢, "𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝙲𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚕." 𝙸𝚝'𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜 𝙸'𝚖 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 - 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 "𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔𝚎𝚛: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙻𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙲𝚛𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚁𝚒𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚁𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚣 "𝚋𝚢 𝙿𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚙 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚘. 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔: "𝙸 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝, '𝙻𝚘𝚘𝚔, 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎'𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎'𝚜 𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝙸'𝚖 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚘𝚗𝚎.'"
𝙷𝚎𝚕𝚖𝚜 𝙱𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚋𝚞𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 (𝟾𝟽𝟷𝟷 𝚆𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝙱𝚕𝚟𝚍., 𝙲𝚞𝚕𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝙲𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝙲𝙰 𝟿𝟶𝟸𝟹𝟸)
Dead in Hollywood will be tabling THIS Sunday at the L.A. Zine Fest at the Helms Bakery building in Culver City from 12pm - 6pm (8711 Washington Blvd). Stop by table B58 and say hi! Come talk the dead with me!
Cha, cha, cha... join us tomorrow in Long Beach, CA from 11AM - 5PM for the 𝙿𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚝 𝙵𝚊𝚒𝚛 & 𝙵𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚊𝚕 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙼𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚞𝚖 𝚘𝚏 𝙻𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚗 𝙰𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝙰𝚛𝚝. It’s free and it’s going to really fucking cool! Art work on the walls, zines on the tables. And my first Spanish edition of Dead in Hollywood… M𝚞𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚗 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍: 𝙻𝚞𝚙𝚎 𝚅é𝚕𝚎𝚣 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚜𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚖𝚊𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚁𝚢𝚊𝚗 𝚃𝚊𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚊!
Join us tomorrow from 11AM - 5PM at the Museum of Latin American Art for the Print Fair & Festival where Dead in Hollywood will be tabling. We’ll be premiering the latest three issues on NATALIE WOOD, DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, and an English and Spanish editions of LUPE VELEZ. (MOLAA - 𝟼𝟸𝟾 𝙰𝚕𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚝𝚘𝚜 𝙰𝚟𝚎, 𝙻𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝙱𝚎𝚊𝚌𝚑, 𝙲𝙰 𝟿𝟶𝟾𝟶𝟸)
Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm was a well-known Hollywood heartthrob in the 50’s and 60’s, known for his Malibu-styled clean-cut good looks. He comes out of the closet in his 2005 autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.
I took a Yellow Cab to the corner of Washington and Cherry in San Francisco, California. Washington and Cherry is where the Zodiac serial killer murdered his last victim, a cab driver by the name of Paul Stine. This photo is of me and my dog, Slink - named after Slinky Dog from the movie “Toy Story” standing in front of one of the houses Zodiac passed while making his escape. Police officers even stopped Zodiac, but let him go because they were looking for a “negro male.” Turns out, kids don’t make great eyewitnesses. I will be covering Paul Stine’s murder in an upcoming Zodiac Zine. For now, check out ZODIAC ZINE - VOLUME ONE: THE LAKE HERMAN ROAD MURDERS.
I'll be debuting 2 Zodiac zines this weekend at the San Francisco Zine Fest. Click on the STORE at the top of the page to order your copies now! I'll be doing a huge mailing next week so get those orders in! :)
Packing for the 17th Annual San Francisco Zine Fest and 3rd Annual Zine Mart!!! Stop by the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 2nd and say hi between the hours of 11a-5p!
Before she was Marilyn Monroe, she was Norma Jeane Daughtry. At 16, Norma Jeane has two options: Ship off to yet another orphanage, or marry the boy-next-door and set sail for Catalina - an island off the coast of Southern California. Norma Jeane is no dumb blonde - she isn’t even a blonde. According to Norma Jeane's soon-to-be-husband, James Daughtry, the island paradise is where Marilyn Monroe is born. In an interview, Dougherty says: “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!”
“I always thought Divine was Jayne Mansfield and Godzilla put together to scare hippies. That was my choice from the very beginning.” -John Waters
Doll Parts: Jayne Mansfield is en route to New Orleans after an appearance in Biloxi, Mississippi when a dense insecticide fog of anti-mosquito spray drifts across the highway. Mansfield is set to appear on WDSU's Midday Show the following day, but at 2:25AM on June 29, 1967, Mansfield's '66 Buick Electra crashes into the tractor-trailer, shearing off the top of the Electra. The three adults in the front seat - Mansfield, her lawyer/companion, and their 20-year-old driver - die instantly. Mansfield's children sleep in the backseat and survive with minor injuries. The gruesome crash scene photos spawn one of Hollywood's darkest legends. At the time of Mansfield's death, rumors circulate that the star was decapitated in the car crash. The stories are fueled by photos of the star's blonde hair tangled in the car's windshield. Although Mansfield's mode of death is gruesome, she was not beheaded. Scalping is a closer description of Mansfield's fate - according to the police report, "the upper portion of this white female's head was severed.” Mansfield's death certificate notes a “crushed skull with avulsion (forcible separation or detachment) of cranium and brain.” Her skull was cracked or sliced open, and a sizeable piece of it was carried away. Kenneth Anger’s 1975 "Hollywood Babylon" contains the "controversial" photo of Mansfield's wrecked Electra which shows Mansfield’s dead dog lying beside the car as well as a clump of blonde hair.
"I didn't feel like a married woman. The most important thing my marriage did for me was to end forever my status as orphan," Marilyn says in her autobiography, "My Story.” "Jim was a nice husband. He never hurt me or upset me - except on one subject. He wanted a baby." The thought of having a baby makes the hairs on Norma Jeane's arm stand on end. Can you blame a child bride for not wanting to bring a kid into this world? Daughtry - who she calls either Jimmie or Daddy - never truly ‘gets’ Norma Jeane. "She was just a housewife," remembers Jimmie/Daddy, "We used to go down to the beach and have luaus on Saturday nights." The couple's favorite song is Glen Miller's "Moonlight Serenade." They listen to it together on the beach in Avalon and dreamily hold each other in their arms. If you haven’t held someone in your arms on Catalina, what are you doing with your life?
“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.