Wedding; reporters; sunshine; Marilyn saying, "This is the happiest day of my whole entire life!" And then -- oh, um…and then I guess we're moving on, because now some twitchy guy meets with DiMaggio in a bar and shows him an envelope filled with photos. Twitchy guy says he means no disrespect to DiMaggio and his "real classy lady," but he's blackmailing DiMaggio for the negatives of old dirty photos of Marilyn. DiMaggio hands over an envelope filled with cash. "Thanks, Slugger," says Twitchy. "You did the right thing." DiMaggio gets up and slams the guy's face into the bar and breaks his nose. Then he leaves. Then Simon and Garfunkel write sweet, wistful song lyrics about him.
Marilyn is in the bedroom, which is strewn everywhere with clothes, and she tries desperately to pick a few things up. "I -- I don't know how it got this way," she explains. "I've been sick, I guess." DiMaggio whacks her in the face. Dude, that "Slugger" nickname is supposed to be, like, a baseball thing. "Is that what you are? Meat?" he yells. "No, Daddy, I don't want to be," she sobs. DiMaggio sweeps bottles off her dressing table and shouts about how messy she is. ["Why don't they have a maid? They're stars, for god's sack." -- Sars] Then he goes into a tirade about how the studio is exploiting her and she'd better say no to the next movie. She begs him no, but he waves a finger at her and says, "You tell them you're quitting. Your husband says NO!" Marilyn sobs, and then he turns all Nice Daddy and says he's sorry he hit her; he just hates to see her get exploited. Because, dammit, abuse belongs at home! "Yes, Daddy," weeps Marilyn. "It's scary when scenes with real people…just…go on." DiMaggio speaks from The Beyond. "She meant more to me than she meant to herself," he says with remorse. "After she died, I had roses sent to her crypt for twenty years." Oh, way to give away the ending, Slugger.
Next, Marilyn's in New York at that Actor's Studio thingy, doing a read-through of one of Arthur Miller's plays, and no, I don't know which one; it's the one with the character named Magda in it. Everyone is wearing dingy clothes and smoking a lot. Arthur Miller watches Marilyn read through some of Magda's lines, and then he storms out all pissed at Lee Strasberg for casting some Hollywood chick in his play. But later Marilyn meets with Miller to talk about her role. "This girl Magda? She's like the girl in Chekhov's Three Sisters…Emma? The one with the sash that's the wrong color…" "Did Mr. Strasberg tell you this?" says Miller cynically. "Oh, no," says Marilyn. "I read the play myself, years ago," and she gives a semiotic analysis of the female personal vis-à-vis Chekhov (well, practically) while Arthur Miller's eyes bug out of his head. They make googly eyes at one another, like, intellectually, you know.
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So then Marilyn is on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
, all drugged up and spooky. "Dr. Bob," who keeps her doped up on codeine and Benzedrine and other stuff, walks her over to film the "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" number, where she performs it beautifully. Everyone on the set applauds after they finish the scene. Then there's a close-up of Marilyn in the Narrative Beyond, looking as if she's about to say, "Screw you, Madonna." But instead she says, "For this I killed my baby."
So then she goes out on a dinner date with DiMaggio, filled with all sorts of awkward silences (his) and lies (hers). He's a famous baseball player, he says, but that's not as cool as being a famous movie star. Oh, she says, she's a famous movie star, but that's not as exciting as being a famous baseball player! She says she's always wanted to settle down and have a family, and DiMaggio mentions that he has a son with his ex-wife, which gets Marilyn all choked up, so she has to run to the ladies room. He's waiting for her outside and hugs her like a good daddy and leaves the restaurant with her. Cass, from the Beyond, says, "She broke the sacred trust…the covenant." What, like he and Eddie G are like The Masonic Order Of Celebrity Offspring Junkies? "When I heard about the abortion I called her. She kept blaming 'Marilyn,' but it was all her. It was all Norma."
Marilyn is getting her make-up done to prepare for the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
premiere. "So, is your 'friend' going to be there?" the make-up guy asks. "No, he's being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame tonight…the PR staff are pissed!" An assistant is reading aloud some fan mail to Marilyn and comes across one that reads, "Dear Norma Jean, this is possibly the hardest letter I've ever penned. I know your mother is a sick woman, but she also has an evil heart. She expelled me from your life. I'm your father, Norma Jean." Everyone in the room goes silent. "This has to be some crank," says the assistant, who notes that there's no return address and it was mailed in Los Angeles. Marilyn grabs the letter. "Look for me, my precious daughter," she reads aloud. "On some special occasion in your life when father and daughter can be together." She starts hyperventilating, "Oh! My father…I've waited my -- my whole life…" "Are you all right, Miss Monroe?" asks the assistant. "Whitey," Marilyn tells her make-up artist. "Get me some bennies and some Nembutal."
Marilyn meets her adoring public outside the theatre for the opening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
A reporter stops her and asks, "When are you and the slugger going to get married?" "As soon as I decide you'll be the first to know, before he does," says Marilyn. She walks along the red carpet with Jane Russell and says, "Jane, us two could start a riot. Guess how." "What, strip?" says Jane. "No, babe, kiss," giggles Marilyn. Mr. R's assistant Yvette (who looks way more like Jane Russell, I think) pulls Marilyn aside and tells her that "someone special" will be waiting for her at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Marilyn wonders if it will be her father. She goes up the stairs of the hotel alone and pauses in front of the door to her suite. She goes into the room and sees a man sitting in the armchair, but it’s dark, and he's turned away from her, so she can't tell who he is. She wonders…could it be? "Contrived moment of suspense?" she asks. Well, actually she whispers, "Daddy?" And get this: it's not Daddy
! It’s just that pesky Joe DiMaggio. She quickly covers up her disappointment by giggling a lot while DiMaggio explains that he couldn't get a flight in time to make it to the premiere, and he explains that he wants to take care of her and protect her and he thinks it's time they got married. He puts the ring on her finger and she starts crying, saying, "Now my life is perfect, Daddy, it is, it is!" Oh, good. Now I guess we'll get to "Marilyn: The Perfect Years" now.
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