HOLLYWOOD — If ever there was a night to don diamonds, it was Thursday at the Playboy Mansion where American Movie Classics and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment paid tribute to what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 75th birthday, and to the release of the docu “Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days.”
However, for AMC Networks prexy Kate McEnroe, there was a glitch. The zipper in the glamorous French blue dress she planned to wear broke the day of the event, thus dashing her plans to don the diamonds that complemented the outfit. Instead, she turned up in beige slacks and top — not quite the outfit worthy of showing off a girl’s best friend.
“Marilyn exudes a personality and a warmth, and I think the women of today want her memory to survive,” she said while lamenting her lack of jewels.
George Lucas was on hand to tout the preservation work of his Film Foundation in relation to Fox’s efforts to preserve many of Monroe’s movies. “We shouldn’t have to help the studios save their assets; it’s the independent films — the orphans — that still need saving,” he said.
Those lifting their glasses to toast the late platinum blonde included Sydney Pollack, George Chakiris (who appeared in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”), Barbara Eden, Poppy Montgomery (who played Marilyn in the TV miniseries “Blonde”) and landlord Hugh Hefner with numerous diamond-clad Playmates. Of course.