Marilyn Monroe and Clifton Webb cha-cha-cha

I get it. Everybody loves to dance.

But, when a seventy-year old director has a slew of children with previous wives wouldn’t it be prudent if someone introduced the idea of birth control into the equation? It’s not like he’s some ethically challenged tycoon that actually needs the lightening quick reflexes of a body guarding Tiger Mom. Oh Wendi, one cannot help but admire. But, that’s a tangent for another day. So, this prolific… artist… and a vivacious woman forty years his junior (yes, that makes her thirty) are expecting their first child.

Let’s cast our gaze into the future. Camping with the family in Yosemite at 78: a rollicking game of catch in the backyard at 83  – and how about a proud 92-year-old papa at college graduation? My how my heart warms. I hope this guy keeps up his gym membership for the sake of the children.

The couple plans on a June wedding. Congratulations. May your sons be bonny and your daughters bright.

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  1. George Kaplan
    March 21, 2013

    Bwahahaha! Perfectly wicked, perfectly true. I have tears of laughter in my eyes… “A rollicking game of catch in the backyard at the age of 83”! Ohohoho. Stop it. Too funny. Watch that osteoporosis, mister. “So this…prolific…artist..”, the ellipses kill me. Oh whoever can it *be*? (;))
    Love the photo, Marilyn in that dress…the smile… Mr Belvedere. Of course, Clifton was particularly ah fecund in Cheaper by the Dozen tho’ I did find myself wondering how Myrna managed to have all those children with ol’ Clifton…

    • March 21, 2013

      As always… my lips are semi-sealed. The age ratio is a little jiggered but not a whole hell of a lot, and it happens ALL the time. As for Mr. Clifton and Myrna – it’s all the part of the magic 😉 I love them both especially Mr. Belvedere.

  2. George Kaplan
    March 21, 2013


  3. March 21, 2013

    Ahh… The magic of Hollywood knows no bounds. 🙂

    • March 21, 2013

      Ach! If I told all the “real” stories nobody would believe me…

  4. March 21, 2013

    Dear V
    My goodness Ms Monroe, that dress!!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • March 21, 2013

      A satin shimmy – personified!

  5. March 21, 2013

    Well he is a splightly old cove and no mistake.Perhaps he is encouraged by the dress also.

    I would love to dance, but having two left feet ,both of which could not be less agile than if they were hand carved from wood,no natural sense of timing and inability to remember steps makes it impossible.

    • March 21, 2013

      Very sprightly! And, you are not alone in the left feet syndrome, gender-wise, I don’t know why most men feel that way, but they do. Although, dancing with Marilyn would probably remedy that situation with anyone 😉

  6. March 21, 2013

    I think thats it that most men are not encouraged to dance ever and grow up thinking that its just not something that men do etc and it might even be a bit suspect to even like it much less do it.Much of the more limited male attitudes passed me by when growing up ,but I never had any opportunites to learn how to dance.I did discover that I could not remember steps alongside such things as the rules for sports such as soccer and cricket.Ironically I dislke sports ,but do like to watch dance.

    • March 22, 2013

      Even when encouraged the little ones (most of them) can look at you like you’ve lost your mind. I remember a certain three year old gentleman glaring at me and turning back to finish watching “The Little Mermaid” for the fortieth time…

  7. March 22, 2013

    I can see the glare in my minds eye now.

  8. March 22, 2013

    Thought you might like this…

    “I rang Noel and said I had invited Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Barbara Stanwyck, Van Johnson and several other people that he likes. Then I asked, ‘Now, Noel, is there anyone else you would like to meet?'” Mr. Webb pauses, to give Mr. Coward’s answer the significance that it warrants. ” ‘Yes,’ Noel told me. ‘I would adore to meet Marilyn Monroe’. At the party they sat and talked. She talks very seriously.

    She’s ambitious and anxious to know her job. This girl, when she was making very little money, spent practically every cent she made on various coaches. Now she will work all day, go to her little flat for a little bit of dinner on a tray, and then work with her coach on the next day’s scenes. And often they will work until early morning.”

    Clifton Webb interview with Ernie Player for Picturegoer
    June 11, 1955 issue

    • March 22, 2013

      I love it! Thank you — I’m wondering how things are going with your books? In a moment I’ll pop over to your site and get an update.

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