Friday round-up: Marilyn, Molly, Mrs. Seinfield, and an old lady with an iPad
Who knew the 2oth century’s greatest sex object was a writer? At least in private, Marilyn Monroe liked to put down her thoughts on acting, insecurity, husband Arthur Miller and “Italian Renaissance art” (!). This Fall, FSG will publish a selection of Marilyn’s private writings, plus rare photos.
Titled Fragments, the book will contain reproductions of Monroe’s handwritten and typed letters, reports The New York Times. Also included: diary-style jottings on husband Miller, the prize-winning playwright, plus letters to her teacher, Lee Strasberg, and her psychoanalyst, “written when she was in the locked psychiatric ward of the Payne Whitney Clinic in New York.”
As if the story of Marilyn Monroe as we already know it wasn’t said enough, these writings show her “trying to live the life of an artist and suffering a lot,” said Courtney Hodell, an FSG editor. Monroe left the letters and other writings to Strasberg when she died in 1962 at the age of 36, an apparent accidental overdose.
In other news of writing actresses: The AP gave Molly Ringwald a glowing review this week for her new memoir, Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick. Admittedly the AP has always been the spottiest source of news and reviews, but the title is a winner, and who can’t root for the teen star of all those John Hughes movies from the ’80s, like Sixteen
Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club?
AP writer Mike Householder quotes Ringwald, now an astonishing 42 yeas of age, writing that she was typecast by the enormous success of her early films, making it impossible to succeed as an adult actress. That’s changed now–she’s gone from playing a teen to playing the mom of a teen in the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”
Ringwald may disappoint Brat Pack fans — she has little to say about those times. But she does write “openly and honestly about her failed relationships, sex life and even the time she suffered a late-term miscarriage.” Now in her second marriage, Ringwald has three children — none of whom, she says, will be allowed to act or start any career until they finish their schooling.
Sounds like Molly’s a wise Mom.
Seems like we have showbiz theme today: Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica Seinfeld, won the second round in her cookbook plagiarism case, according to a Reuters story in the Washington Post. Seinfeld was sued by cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine in 2008.
Lapine charges that Seinfeld’s book, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets To Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, steals from her own book, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. The books were published four months apart in 2007.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for New York’s second circuit upheld an earlier ruling by a lower court. “Stockpiling vegetable purees for covert use in children’s food is an idea that cannot be copyrighted,” the appeals court ruled. A separate lawsuit against HarperCollins, Seinfeld’s publisher, and husband Jerry, who made jokes about the case on the David Letterman show, is pending.
Finally, as loyal readers know, I’m not a fan of e-readers, and I’ve never knowingly helped an Internet video go “viral,” but now I have my rubber gloves on and a bottle of Purell close at hand, because this video is too precious to ignore (I guess that’s what they all say, right?)
The Oregnonian newspaper reports that 99-year-old Virginia Campbell, a lifelong book worm suffering from glaucoma, is now able to read and write again, thanks to the iPad given by her family.
“It’s changed her life,” said Ginny Adelsheim, one of her daughters.
In a YouTube video, Campbell can be seen oohing over the free books already loaded into the reading device, and pecking out a limerick–she’s written 12 already. Here’s one:
To this technology-ninny it’s clear
In my compromised 100th year,
That to read and to write
Are again within sight
Of this Apple iPad pioneer.
Man, Steve Jobs couldn’t buy that kind of publicity with a bajillion dollars.
So what do you think: Can anything new be learned about Marilyn Monroe? Can Molly Ringwald actually be 42 years old? Are kids dumb enough to be fooled by Moms secreting pureed carrots in their cupcakes? Is watching Virginia with her iPad so sweet you want to vomit, or what?