By Jean Zimmerman
The ny love tale of an attractive heiress and a prosperous younger architect, captured in a well-known John Singer Sargent painting
In Love, Fiercely Jean Zimmerman re-creates the glittering global of Edith Minturn and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes. Contemporaries of the Astors and Vanderbilts, they grew up jointly alongside the shorelines of bucolic Staten Island, associated via privilege—her grandparents equipped the world’s quickest clipper send, his relations owned so much of Murray Hill. Theirs used to be a global choked with mansions, balls, summer time houses, and prolonged ecu vacations.
Newton turned a passionate preserver of latest York background and released the best selection of big apple maps and perspectives in a six-volume sequence. Edith grew to become the face of the age while Daniel Chester French sculpted her for Chicago’s Columbian Exposition, a colossus meant to compare the Statue of Liberty’s grandeur. jointly Edith and Newton battled on behalf of latest York’s negative and powerless as reformers who by no means themselves sought after for something. via all of it, they sustained a strong-rooted marriage.
From the sumptuous cottages of the Berkshires to the salons of Nineties Paris, Love, Fiercely is the genuine tale of an international lengthy relegated to fiction.
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Sit down. ” On screen she appeared palpable, kinetic, “all fire” one witness to the test exclaims. Yet what to make of “Marilyn Monroe” seemed to puzzle both the actress and her studio. In fact, she would not legally change her name for another ten years. Publicity shots of the period 1946–48 reveal nothing about her intense desire to act or about what kinds of roles might suit her. The arbitrariness of the shots is most striking. Monroe is there to make the poses, fulfill the assignments in a makeup session, in a series of yogalike exercises, in skimpy bathing suits, in low-cut evening gowns, in a potato sack, in a babysitting sequence, in an acting lesson, in tights, in sultry poses, night gowns and tee shirts, and playing baseball.
Hyde’s son remembers her at his father’s funeral, where she was overcome with grief, throwing herself on the coffin. She shook everyone, screaming Hyde’s name over and over again. Monroe grieved for him as if for herself. Grief did not prevent Monroe from doing her work, although on the set of her next film, As Young as You Feel, she would weep and disappear from the set, according to her director, Harmon Jones. Just two weeks after Hyde’s death, Elia Kazan’s visit bolstered her. This Group Theatre veteran of the 1930s, an acclaimed film and theater director of the 1940s, liked her unpretentious wit, her reliance on his advice, and her sexual attention.
No wonder she repeatedly drove past the theater featuring her film, for it was like watching the announcement of her new identity—an announcement even more exciting than the fifty-foot tall skirt flying likeness of herself, an advertisement for The Seven Year Itch, that later appeared on the front of the State Theatre Building in New York City. With no more than this token of success in hand, she was forced into other work after the expiration of her Columbia contract on September 8, 1948. ” No one at Columbia pictured her potential, he told interviewer John Kobal.
Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance by Jean Zimmerman