The Catt Box

'Monroe'

 

I get a lot of requests and inquiries on a Marilyn Monroe costume ....

I do not make them for the public

....especially over the internet, so I have decided to add some information to this page. I hope it is of some help to you. See below for some information and for the lyrics to "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend".

 

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Several years ago, at my dad's "Back to the 50's" party, I didn't want to wear a poodle skirt and be like everyone else...so I decided to go as Marilyn Monroe. I had such a good time that I perfected my act and the rest is history. I make my costumes, of course...there's nothing to them. I also make my dad's costumes for his Elvis impersonations.  I also do other impersonations, like Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, etc. I sing a wide variety of songs. 

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For as long as I can remember, I loved to sing. I have always been a big fan of music. When I was a young teenager my parents bought me an organ. I taught myself to play the organ and piano, and eventually I played for four weddings and I loved it. I wasn't nervous about it at all. I can't read a note of music...I play totally by ear. I have been in several bands and loved singing and playing. I can also play the harmonica, a little.

 

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On August 31, 1997 a couple wanted to re-new their wedding vows and have my dad dress up like Elvis and officiate the ceremony. They wanted me to sing. I only did one Marilyn song and then I sang other songs. The only costume I had with me at the time was my Marilyn dress, so that's why I look out of character. And I was still healing my broken arm, thus the black arm brace. We had a great time...the wedding was held at my dad's house. He has a huge backyard stage and a pool. There were candles floating in the pool and the entire theme was Hawaiian, with Elvis in white, of course. There was a band there and dad had some professional sound guys come in and run the sound for us.

The details of this wedding were beautiful, from the Hawaiian theme, down to the wedding invitations, no detail was over looked.

In December 1997, my dad and I were in a parade together in Perryville, Maryland. We were on his pull-along 'trailer'....pulled by his white Cadillac and he was throwing scarves and teddy bears out into the crowds. My job was to hand the items to him. It was 39 out that day....I was freezing, but, I catt_in_the_parade.jpg (33058 bytes) was determined to wear that skimpy white 'Marilyn' dress and do my best. I kept my coat on until just before the parade started....I was startled by the coldness....but waved and blew kisses and smiled like I was in Florida. It was so funny to hear the same two sentences through-out the parade...."Hey, look, it's Elvis.....and Marilyn...ooooo....I bet she's freezing!" A few days later we were surprised to receive, in the mail, notification that we had won second place in the float contest. It was well worth it. I was given an invitation to return the next year as Marilyn.

 

'Marilyn Monroe Costume Information'

 

The Dress

....Although Marilyn wore a variety of beautiful dresses, the best known dress is the famous white dress that she wore for the movie marilyn_costume_pattern.jpg (25740 bytes) The Seven Year Itch. As far as I know, the pattern is still sold by Simplicity...pattern number 8393....just check your local fabric and pattern shops...even Wal-Mart carries it. The white dress is included along with the famous pink dress she wore in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. White Rayon 'drapes' best when making the white dress. 

And, if you can't find the pattern, be sure to check out eBay....you may be able to find either the pattern or the dress there.

Please don't write and ask me to help you find a pattern. I have included all the information I know as to how to get this pattern. 

It's not that I don't want to help anyone. It's obvious that I do enjoy helping, otherwise I wouldn't even have some of these pages on my site. But people write and ask questions that are already answered on this page. This is all the information I have as to how to get a pattern. Check eBay and see if you can find one there.

 

 The Wig.....

It has come to my attention that the wig company I dealt with several years ago is no longer available. So, a really nice girl wrote to me and told me of another place that has wigs. That place turned out to be really bad, and another nice girl informed me of it. So, I have one suggestion that was passed along to me. I've not dealt with this place, so I can't speak from my own experience.

Fantasy Headquarters on Milwaukee 

 

Make Up

....There is a wonderful woman who has a fantastic site on Marilyn Monroe...including a page on her make up tricks and tips. 

Rita's Marilyn Monroe Site
http://personal.inet.fi/cool/index.htm

It has also come to my attention that Rita's site is under construction. I have no idea where else to find information on Marilyn's make up. All I can tell you is to just keep searching on the internet. I don't know Rita personally, so I have no clue when she'll get her site back up and running. Just keep checking back on her.

Another suggestion that has been passed along to me is for Kevin Aucoin's book "Making Faces". I don't know, right off hand, where you can purchase this book. Just search the internet and you should be able to find it. (thank you, Miss M)

Studying Her Moves

The best movies, I have found, for studying Marilyn's moves and voice and make-up have been Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, and Bus Stop. Marilyn was brilliant in why she did things, the way she did...she was brilliant enough to know that you get less 'smile lines' around the mouth and crinkles around the eyes if you smiled with your mouth open (the way she did) and if you didn't use the eyes when smiling...like squinting ...so she softly shut them. 

She also tilted her head back slightly, when smiling, because it smoothed the neck and made it appear to be less 'strained' looking.

 

Lyrics to 

"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" 

 

(Beginning of song)

The French are glad to die for love

They delight in fighting duels!

But I prefer a man who lives and gives 

Expensive jewels!

 

A kiss on the hand may be quite continental...

But diamonds are a girl's best friend!

A kiss may be grand...but it won't pay the rental

On your humble flat, or help you at the auto-mat

 

Men grow cold as girls grow old 

And we all lose our charm in the end!

But square cut or pear shape, these rocks don't lose their shape 

Diamonds are a girl's best friend.!

 

There may come a day when a lass needs a lawyer

But diamonds are a girl's best friend!

There may come a day when a hard-boiled employer 

Thinks you're awful nice...but get that ice or else "no dice!" 

 

He's your guy when stocks are high 

But beware when they start to descend. 

It's then when those louses go back to their spouses, 

Diamonds are a girl's best friend!

 

I've heard of affairs that are strictly platonic, 

But, diamonds are a girl's best friend! 

And I think affairs that you must keep Masonic 

Are better bets, if little pets get big baguettes.

 

Time rolls on and youth is gone 

And you can't straighten up when you bend. 

But stiff back or stiff knees you stand straight at Tiffany's....

Diamonds....diamonds.....I don't mean rhinestones....but diamonds...

Are a girl's best.....best friend!