Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Marilyn in her prime: Monroe poses at the aged of 27 for her trusted make-up artist in never-before-seen pictures
Tousle-haired and relaxed during a break from work, Marilyn Monroe still displays the same allure that made her an enduring screen icon.
Taken by a trusted friend on location while she filmed her first leading role for Niagara in 1953, this picture has never been seen by the public before.
It shows the 27-year-old actress on the brink of international stardom.
Intimate: Trusted make-up artists Allan 'Whitey' Snyder took these charming shots of a 27-year-old Marilyn Monroe relaxing between takes
Smiling, she seems not to care that her top has slipped down one shoulder as she reclines by Niagara Falls.
In another shot, she wears a knotted scarf as a makeshift sunhat – an image a long way from the glamorous persona which haunted her until her death nine years later.
The man behind the camera was Allan ‘Whitey’ Snyder, Monroe’s make-up artist. She would ask him to photograph her to calm her nerves before filming.
He died in 1994 and the pictures were released after his archive of photos emerged for sale at auction in Beverly Hills this weekend.
Playful: Snyder spent hours coaxing and comforting Monroe as she prepared to film her scenes and managed to snap the intimate pictures
Stunning: The unseen photographs show a carefree Marilyn Monroe soaking up the sun on a beach between film takes
There are dozens of pictures from the sets of other films including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Prince and the Showgirl, Niagara and Something's Got to Give.
The archive includes letters and other ephemera and is expected to fetch thousands of pounds when it all goes under the hammer at auction.
Darren Julien, of Julien's auctioneers, said: ‘Whitey Snyder died in the 1990s and these items have come from his estate, so they have never been seen before.
‘Whitey was Marilyn's make-up artist for 16 years and had unlimited access to her.
‘They met when Monroe had her first screen test at 20th Century Fox in 1946.
At ease: The remarkable pictures, taken by make-up artist Allan 'Whitey' Snyder, on the set of Niagra in 1953, were never meant for publication and show a more natural side of the screen legend
‘Sometimes, especially in the early days of her movie career, she would get nervous on set and Whitey would photograph her and she would come to life.
‘It would take her mind off all her problems and this would happen during down time on film sets.
‘Some of them even show her in costume and they were never intended to be released to the public.
‘There are many other items in the archive as well as photographs and collectors and institutions will be keen to own them.’
The sale also includes a rare calendar with a picture of a naked Monroe on it.
The picture was taken by Tom Kelly and famously appeared in the first edition of Playboy.
Trusted: The collection of Allan Snyder's pictures of Monroe show the movie star looking at ease away from the film cameras
Unseen: The never-before-seen photos of relaxed film star Marilyn Monroe are expected to sell for thousands of dollars when they go before an auction in Beverly Hills, California
Friendship: Make-up artist Allan Snyder built up a close relationship with Marilyn Monroe, enabling him to take the series of shots of the relaxed film star
Mr Julien said: ‘These calendars used to sell for about 300 or 400 dollars but recently they are going for up to $6,000.
‘This one is in good condition and Marilyn couldn't do anything about the picture being licensed because she had no control over it.
‘But in a way it was the picture that helped launch her career.’
The archive will be sold in Beverley Hills, California, during a two-day sale starting on March 31.
Surgeons Reveal Most Extensive Face Transplant
Richard Norris is shown before the incident and then before and after the transplant
12:07am UK, Wednesday March 28, 2012
A man injured in a gun accident 15 years ago has been given a new face, tongue, teeth and jaw in what surgeons claim is the world's most comprehensive face transplant.
Richard Norris, 37, was shot in the face in 1997 and lost his nose, lips and most movement in his mouth.
Since then he has undergone multiple life-saving and reconstructive surgeries but none could repair him to the extent where he felt he could return to society.
He wore a prosthetic nose and a mask even when entering hospital for the transplant.
But last week, during a 36-hour operation, University of Maryland doctors gave him a new face from an anonymous donor whose organs saved five other patients' lives on the same day.
Six days after the surgery, he can already move his tongue and open and close his eyes and is recovering much faster than doctors expected.
"He's actually looking in the mirror shaving and brushing his teeth, which we never even expected," said Dr Eduardo Rodriguez, associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of the transplant team.
When Norris opened his eyes on the third day after the surgery with his family around him, he wanted to see a mirror.
Doctors explain the face transplant process
"He put the mirror down and thanked me and hugged me," said Dr Rodriguez.
Before the surgery, Mr Norris, who is unmarried and lives with his parents in Virginia, had been unable to find a job because of his facial deformity, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Mr Norris's face transplant seems to be the most aesthetically successful to date, according to photographs and video released by the university.
To ensure Norris would retain maximum function of his facial expressions and movements, doctors gave him a new tongue for proper speech, eating, and chewing, normally aligned teeth, and connected his nerves to allow for smiling.
The transplant was "an amazing feat," according to the dean of the School of Medicine, Dr E Albert Reece.
"It's also an unprecedented and historic procedure that we believe will change, if you will, the face of medicine now and in the future," he added.
About 100 doctors, scientists and other university medical staff ranging from plastic surgeons to craniofacial specialists teamed up for the operation.
The surgery involved 10 years of research funded by the Department of Defense's Office of Naval Research and will serve as a model for helping war veterans injured by improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan, the university said.
'I know a grubby little peasant of a man': Donald Trump mocked by opponents of Scottish golf course in seven-minute parody of Queen classic Bohemian RhapsodyIt topped the British charts for nine weeks and was voted the UK’s favourite all-time hit.
But now Queen's 1975 classic Bohemian Rhapsody has been turned into a protest song - against tycoon Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort.
A Spitting Image-style puppet of the U.S. businessman is seen singing the rock classic against a backdrop of the unspoiled North-East coast.
Scroll down to see the video and read the lyrics...
Parody: Queen's 1975 classic Bohemian Rhapsody has been turned into a protest song - against tycoon Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort, whose puppet is pictured here by Edinburgh Castle
Hilarious: The seven-minute video poking fun at Donald Trump is backed by Queen guitarist Brian May
Mr Trump’s development at the Menie Estate, Balmedie, has sparked fury among environmentalists and locals.
The seven-minute video has won the backing of Queen guitarist Brian May, who said he wanted to show his ‘disgust’ at Mr Trump’s resort.
The short film has became an overnight internet hit – and had more than 1,000 hits on YouTube within 24 hours.
It begins with the introduction: ‘This is a story of destruction and greed. A story of lies and treachery, of how one man has used power and money and diminished the truth.’
Poking fun: A Spitting Image-style puppet of the U.S. businessman is seen singing the rock classic against a backdrop of the unspoiled North-East coast
Original: The parody contains the same diamond formation scene as the video recorded by Queen on the single's release
A latex Trump appears and launches into the rewritten lyric, singing: ‘This is the real thing, living the fantasy, started a landslide, no escaping our destiny. Open your eyes, look up and you’ll see me.’
Michael Forbes, who lives on the Menie Estate and opposed every step of the development, also appears in the video along with David Milne, another Trump critic, who lives nearby.
In a parody of the operatic section of the original, the Trump puppet sings: ‘I know a grubby little peasant of a man – Michael Forbes, Michael Forbes says I’m stuck in a bunker.’
The woman behind the video, freelance writer Hazel Cameron, 52, said she was delighted with how it turned out. She said: ‘It took nearly two years to complete but we are thrilled with it.’
She came up with the idea in 2010, when she and her friends were talking about Trump’s plans. Miss Cameron said she ‘had to do something’ to raise awareness about the links course.
Popular: The short film has became an overnight internet hit, getting more than 1,000 hits on YouTube within 24 hours
Critical: The video casts Trump as not caring about the protesters who objected to his luxury Scottish golf course
Uncanny: Donald Trump, seen here promoting his development, is remarkably similar to the puppet in the video
She said: ‘His actions are appalling. I’ve spent almost my whole life working in business and I know how difficult planning and environmental laws can be.
'So why was he able to come in and sweep them all away? We have hundreds of golf courses in Scotland and we don’t need another one – especially if it means that people will lose their homes.’
She emailed May asking for permission to use the song and was surprised to receive a reply within four hours. May told her: ‘I hope you will be able to stop this nasty project.’
A London firm agreed to make the Trump doll for £1,000.
Miss Cameron then asked Spitting Image puppeteer Francis Wright and filmmaker John Pullman to help with the production and it was filmed in a day in a studio in Leith, Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, the Green Party has asked the Electoral Commission to investigate Mr Trump’s reported offer of ‘a massive advertising campaign’ against council candidates who support wind turbines.