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Marilyn Monroe: NYC, 1955

Photographs by Peter Mangone

Text by James Danziger.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Marilyn Monroe: NYC, 1955</I>.In 1955, Peter Mangone was 14 years old--a skinny boy from the Bronx with a Marilyn Monroe fixation, like so many teenagers of his generation. What distinguished Mangone was that he got to meet his idol. For several months, he had played truant from school to stake out the Gladstone Hotel on Manhattan’s East 52nd Street, where the 29-year-old Monroe was staying after her unhappy divorce from Joe DiMaggio and her dismissal from the Twentieth-Century Fox studios. One morning, Mangone borrowed an eight-millimeter Kodak camera from his brother, headed down to the Gladstone and met Monroe as she was on her way out shopping with her friend Milton Greene. Mangone’s dream came true: she waved, winked and invited him along. Over the course of the afternoon, he filmed her intermittently, without sound, later developing the film and viewing it at home. When Mangone left home, the footage went missing, and was thought to be lost--until 2002, when his brother found it among their father’s possessions, virtually in mint condition. “It was like refinding my high school sweetheart,” he said. “She was just the way I remembered her.” This book of stills from Mangone’s five-minute movie shows the great screen siren in wonderful moments of unguardedness, against the Chevys and Checker cabs of 1950s midtown Manhattan. The great charm of Mangone’s images lies at the opposite end of familiar portraits by Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt and co.: in his 14-year-old hands, through the grainy Kodak film, with its erratic lighting, Marilyn remains every inch the icon.

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On March 24th, 1955, a 14-year-old Bronx native named Peter Mangone played hooky from school, borrowed his brother's 8-mm movie camera and headed to midtown to the Gladstone Hotel, to see if he could catch a glimpse of Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was hiding out at the hotel while recovering from her divorce from Joe DiMaggio and her dismissal from Twentieth Century Fox. Young Peter had his Ferris Bueller's day off, an only-in-the-movies encounter with Marilyn: he not only got a glimpse of the star leaving the hotel, he got to shoot her going on a shopping spree, with a man on each arm. As Peter's home-movie camera rolled, Marilyn waved, winked and blew kisses. Mangone filmed Monroe in fits and starts over the course of the afternoon, capturing her unguarded and at the height of her beauty.
This is a book of stills from Mangone's five-minute movie. In the background is a Mad Man-esque 1950s New York, with checker cabs, doormen and the hustle and bustle of the city. There have been thousands of Marilyn books, but what sets this one apart is its unpolished charm. It's Kodachrome, it's a home movie and there's something inherently genuine, sweet and authentic about it. It has that nostalgic look that people are trying to replicate today with the Insta-gram app. The book is designed by our coolest publisher, Tom Adler, and published by Chelsea gallerist James Danziger.
So we all know what happened to Marilyn Monroe. Mr. Mangone went on to became a speed skater, a Roller Derby star and eventually a professional hairstylist working with Hollywood stars such as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Liza Minnelli and Donna Summer, doing Vegas style shows in Palm Beach, Florida. -- Jane Brown
Artbook | D.A.P. Staff

 

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

SHARON HELGASON GALLAGHER | DATE 12/10/2012

Marilyn Monroe: She waved, winked and asked him to come along

Marilyn Monroe 1955

He was 14, she was 29. He was a skinny, big-eared kid from the Bronx, she a blond bombshell from Hollywood. They said it would never work out, and sure enough, it didn’t. But for one brisk day in the spring of 1955, Peter Mangone and Marilyn Monroe were in love. And he has the film to prove it. Back in the 1950’s, Mr. Mangone, now 63 and living in Palm Beach, Fla., was such a Monroe fan that for several months he staked out the Gladstone Hotel on East 52nd Street, where she was recovering from her divorce from Joe DiMaggio and her summary dismissal from her contract at 20th Century Fox. On one of those truant mornings, Mr. Mangone took an eight-millimeter Kodak camera from his brother, headed downtown and met Monroe just as she was leaving the hotel for a therapeutic shopping spree. Then, just as in the movies, she waved, winked and asked him to come along. (From the introduction to Marilyn Monroe NYC, 1955 now in stock.) continue to blog


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