Archive for March, 2015

THE EMPTY GLASS. New Movie about MARILYN MONROE featuring JEANNE CARMEN

March 28, 2015

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The movie rights to the fascinating film noir crime novel THE EMPTY GLASS by J.I. Baker (Penguin Books, 2012) has been optioned by legendary Hollywood Mega Producer IRWIN WINKLER.  Winkler is the producer on such iconic American films as WOLF OF WALL STREET, GOOD FELLAS, THE RIGHT STUFF, RAGING BULL and all 5 ROCKY movies.

Pin-Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN is featured prominently in the book as a platinum blond femme fatale who knows the secrets that will unlock the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe.

Here is a link to a news item about the movie option:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/marilyn-monroe-novel-the-empty-glass-winkler-films-374847

New Article on JEANNE CARMEN in BACHELOR PAD MAGAZINE

March 24, 2015

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Bachelor Pad Magazine interview

Author BRANDON JAMES remembers his famous Pin-Up Mom JEANNE CARMEN

An amazing new 6 page article on Pin-Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN has just been published in BACHELOR PAD MAGAZINE (issue 31 Spring 15). The Digest of Atomic Culture. Pin-Up girls, Retro Lifestyle, tiki and more.  Celebrating Booze, Babe’s and Burly Q

Click this link to check out the Bachelor Pad website and get this copy for your collectors edition.

http://www.bachelorpadmagazine.com/

The article is a Q & A with JEANNE CARMEN’S son BRANDON JAMES about the book he wrote titled JEANNE CARMEN: MY WILD, WILD LIFE As a New York Pin Up Queen, Trick Shot Golfer & Hollywood Actress.

There are 6 pages filled with revealing and often hilarious stories about JEANNE CARMEN and her sexy escapades with stars such as ERROL FLYNN, ELVIS PRESLEY, MARILYN MONROE, JACK BENNY and President JOHN F KENNEDY and his brother, attorney general ROBERT F KENNEDY

You  can view the whole article at this link:

Bachelor Pad Magazine

Here are a few excerpts:

On Elvis Presley:

“…I love the story of how my Mom invited Elvis over to her apartment for dinner and attempted cook him a special southern fried chicken dinner. As a gift, Elvis brought her a sexy French Maid outfit. My Mom put it on and then went over to check on the chicken cooking in the oven.  When she bent over, it was more an Elvis could handle and well.. I guess the chicken ended up burning that night.

On Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny:

“…Yes, my Mom and Marilyn Monroe went to a steam room on Santa Monica Blvd with Jack Benny. Jack wore a fake beard and dark glasses and a baseball hat so he wouldn’t be recognized.  They did it several times.  Then one time they were all three in the steam room wearing their towels and Marilyn and my Mom were talking and laughing and gossiping when suddenly Marilyn looked down and saw that Jack Benny was visibly excited which was uncharacteristic for him.  Usually he was cool with the girls being naked around him and he always behaved like a perfect gentleman.  However this time, he became aroused and started to pinch my Mom’s and Marilyn’s boobs and butts which they were not having any part of.  Suddenly Jack became belligerent and used explicit language which shocked Marilyn and my Mom.  They decided they needed to cool Jack down a bit so they tackled him and because Jack was older and hardly a muscleman, he immediately fell to the floor and didn’t put up much of a fight.  My Mom took a large eucalyptus branch out of one of the pots in the steam room and began spanking Jack with it while Marilyn had him in a head lock. My Mom scolded him and with each swat she would say “Jack are you ever going to use foul words again?” and Jack would mutter “No.. never.” “Are you ever going to pinch Marilyn’s butt again?” Swat!!!  “No.. never.”  Then Jack faked a hear attack and my Mom and Marilyn freaked out thinking it was real and they rolled Jack over and began to administer CPR and Marilyn started to give him mouth to mouth resuscitation when Jack suddenly burst out laughing.  They all had a good laugh on the way home thinking about that one.

On Marilyn Monroe and John F Kennedy:

“It was during this period that Marilyn and my Mom lived at 882 North Doheny Blvd in Frank Sinatra’s apartment complex that Marilyn Monroe started her affair with President Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy.  Marilyn also started spending a lot of time with Peter Lawford and Peter’s role at the time in the Kennedy family was to get girls for Jack Kennedy.

It was during this period that my Mom and Marilyn went to a wild pool party at Peter’s beach house and Jack Kennedy tried to get them to have a threesome with him.  Jack gently massaged my Mom’s shoulders and told her “Think of it as a New Frontier. The Frontier of the 1960’s.  And ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. And girls, this afternoon, think of me as your country.”

On Marilyn and Robert F Kennedy:

It was also during this period that my Mom and Marilyn went to a nude beach with Bobby Kennedy in Malibu.  Bobby was at Marilyn’s apartment one day and he noticed a fake beard and glasses laying around and he asked what it was all about.  Marilyn and my Mom told Bobby about how they would go to a steam bath on Santa Monica Blvd with Jack Benny and Jack would wear the disguise so nobody would recognize him.  Bobby started laughing and said if Jack Benny could get away with it he could.  Then Marilyn and Mom dared Bobby to don the disguise and go to the nude beach in Malibu and Bobby being a Kennedy couldn’t resist a dare and went along with it.

New Article on JEANNE CARMEN in GERMANY in ROCKABILLY RULES magazine

March 23, 2015

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A new article on Pin Up Icon JEANNE CARMEN has been published in GERMANY in ROCKABILLY RULES Magazine – The Online Magazine that Rocks!

Read the full article at this link:

http://www.rockabilly-rules.com/blog/jeanne-Carmen

Here is a brief excerpt: [translated into English]

After the death of her dearly beloved friend MARILYN MONROE, JEANNE CARMEN was threatened by JOHNNY ROSELLI, who worked for the Mafia boss SAM GIANCANA from Chicago. Because the beauty’s life was in danger, she retired from Hollywood and fled to Scottsdale in Arizona.

For more than a decade JEANNE CARMEN lived there incognito and dyed her platinum hair brunette. She never mentioned her showbiz career, married, had three children moved on and led a quiet and peaceful life without the big stage, the spotlight or any glamour. In 1998, Jeanne Carmen was the subject of the TV biopic “Jeanne Carmen: Queen Of The B-Movies” that rotated [on the E! Entertainment Television series True Hollywood Story].

In the opening scene it evokes that the beauty [Jeanne Carmen], “had maintained a dangerously-close friendship with MARILYN MONROE and the KENNEDY’S and that following the death of MARILYN, CARMEN was told to leave the city immediately.”

On 20 December 2007 JEANNE CARMEN died of a malignant lymphoma at the age of 77 years at her home in Orange County, California

JEANNE CARMEN is still unforgotten and always will be the best friend of the film icon MARILYN MONROE in memory.
Text: Isabella Labella