1955: Marilyn Monroe to preem pic

May 6, 1955

GOOD MORNINGS ahead for Marilyn Monroe and 20th — the peace pact was almost closed this week … “Seven Year Itch” will be world preemed in NY June 2 at Loews’ State, and you can bet MM’ll be there … Pier Angeli and Vic Damone bought their dream home in Bel-Air — a two-story white colonial … Reunion for Philip and Dennis Crosby next week. Phil’s on 12-day leave from the Army, en route to Fort Sam Houston veterinary school. Dennis will be home from Fort Riley before going to Germany … Big brother Gary warns the frauleins: “Watch out, Dennis the menace is on his way” … More meetings between Richard Todd and Columbia for “Joseph and His Brethren.” At least Todd won’t have to shave the beard he’s cultivated for “Raleigh” … Hildegarde hopped into the NY’s Waldorf Empire Room as Dorothy Dandridge winged to the Cannes Film Festival on a five-day’er. DD will be in Hollywood in September to start her 20th pact with “The King and I” … Barry Sullivan’s taking a five-day rest at the Racquet Club before winging east for next week’s live GE teleshow. After that, Sullivan plans a long, well-earned rest. Sez he’ll do a movie anywhere — but no more road tours with plays … But John Hodiak, back at the alma mater, Metro, would like to do a play every other season … Tom Hennesy, the “gill man” in “The Revenge of the Creature,” is an accredited schoolteacher — now teaching Natalie Wood at WB!

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May 12, 1955

GOOD MORNING: Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) has a girl friend — singer Marcie Reinhart. Their favorite hangout (natch!) is the very woodsy Sportsmen’s Lodge! Miss Reinhart leaves tomor-row for Korea with Johnny Grant’s troupe. Debbie Reynolds, in same group, was busy last nite, hostessing the Swing Shift Blood Bank in Burbank, and later modeling dresses her momma had made for an adult education class! … Reynolds returns May 30. Eddie Fisher (who calls her each p.m.) is due June 4 … Debbie’s next film, “The Tender Trap,” springs June 10 … Johnny Grant sez Jayne Mansfield (she accompanied him last week on his tour of Texas GI camps) got a bigger reception than Marilyn Monroe. But then, she’s a bigger girl … Johnny Green heard Susan Hayward sing for “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” and exclaims, “She knocked me off my feet!” … Metro has Sandy Ellis under contract to voice double, but may use Suzie’s pipes … Jess Barker would like to take their twin boys fish-ing during the second half of the summer — the same time Hayward wants to share their vacation! … Billy Grady’s spent 55 years in showbiz — the past year in TV. He finally has an ulcer! … Fleeting fame dept.: Oscar nominee Rod Steiger received a bill from West-more’s for the bleach (gray) job for “The Big Knife.” The bill was addressed to “Rod Steegle.”

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