"East of Eden" premiere
March 9, 1955 (New York)|
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Marilyn consented to be an usherette at the Actor's Studio benefit and world premiere of East of Eden, starring James Dean. With the news of Marilyn's participation the benefit was an instant sellout. The magic name of Monroe caused a run on tickets, which were being scalped at triple their sales price. One of the crowd at the Astor Roof who was anxiously waiting to see the usherette was Arthur Miller, who has attended the Actor's studio benefit with his sister, actress Joan Copeland. Marilyn had been very much on Miller's mind.
There was a long line of people that wrapped around onto Park Avenue, fans who had cameras and autograph books awaiting the Monroe image and signature.With her limousine sitting at the curb, what had been arranged for the more ambitious fans was that when Monroe came down in the elevator these people would be allowed to go one at a time to the elevator door and either take a snapshot or obtain an autograph.
She went onto the premiere, and the word quickly spread throughout Times Square that "Marilyn Monroe is over at the Astor Theatre!" Soon people in the thousands picked up that information along Broadway. Marilyn was going to a post pemiere party at the Astor Roof atop the Astor Hotel, directly across the street from the movie theatre.
- Showman Milton Berle and Marilyn like a VIP usherette
- Photographer and friend Milton Greene with Marilyn
- Marilyn at the post pemiere party at the Astor Hotel
source: East of Eden premiere in Everlasting Star Community
more information: East of Eden in imdb.com
Posted by linke@ndo2000 on June 3rd, 2006, 12:12
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