Tuesday, January 2

Book Reviews: Jimmie Dougherty's book is the *HIT* of the season!
By Debbie Jasgur

To Norma Jeane With Love, Jimmie
By Jim Dougherty
As told to LC Van Savage
Paperback ISBN 1-888725-52-4
Avail at Norma Jeane Book Site
Visit the collectibles site HERE

This book is one of the heartfelt books on the early life of Marilyn Monroe, when she was still Norma Jeane Dougherty and married to her first husband, Jim Dougherty. It chronicles the courtship, marriage, and the divorce between the both of them. It's as if you are reading a personal diary of their day to day life together, with remarkable clarity to details and events. Marilyn's real life father revealed in a poignant account of her search for him. Norma Jeane's quirks, personality, and fears are all revealed in this remarkable book that will touch your heart with the heartbreaking details of their life together.

Jim Dougherty also writes "post Norma Jeane" on how his life has turned out without Norma Jeane, his contacts with her as "Marilyn" hearing of her death, and he hopes to "clear the air of conspiracy rumors, that he says are NOT true."

We give his book out of five stars - * * * * * FIVE STARS : A fantastic book!

It's not even a human! It's a sculpture by Patrick Wise, one of our members posted it on our Yahoo forum.
Kicking off a brand new year!

Happy New Years, fellow fans! Todays news is about a great event planned for August of this year in honor of Marilyn Monroe. Please visit Bettina's site at ALL ABOUT MARILYN TOURS The Marilyn Reporter will be represented and will participate, as well as having our own private festivities.

Friday, December 22

Member of the week!
This is Massi from Napoli,Italy, a town about 150 miles south of Rome.
I'm 34 and single dad of a 2 years old kid named Gianluca who lives with me
and whose i have the legal custody;i'm not married nor divorced but just
single.I work for TYCO and sell surgical products.
My passion for MM started about 25 years ago when i watched her for the
first time in her movie Some like it hot,that is also one of my favourite.
My collection consists of almost 30 books,hundreds of
pics,posters,calendars,commemorative stamps,t-shirt,ties,watch,mirrors with
her icon,tapes of her movies and documentaries,cd music of her songs and
In 1994 i made a craziest thing:i jumped into her home in Brentwood twice
and took pics;i was lucky and brave even if at that time none lived there.To
making you trust it i sent a pic of me taken by the pool of her
Well these are a few news about me.
I use to be on chat on AOL (massimil66) and ICQ # 95527130
See you soon
Love from Italy
PS:i loooooooooove USA

Wednesday, December 20

Wednesday December 20 11:24 AM ET
Costume Designers to Honor Jean Louis

By Dave McNary

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Academy Award winner Jean Louis has been has been tapped as next year's inductee into the Hall of Fame of the Costume Designers Guild.

The designer, who died in 1997, will be honored at the third annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on March 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Louis received 15 Academy Award nominations and won an Oscar for 1956's ``Solid Gold Cadillac.'' Among his creations were the strapless gown worn by Rita Hayworth in ``Gilda,'' the sequined dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she serenaded President Kennedy, costumes for Doris Day in ``Pillow Talk,'' Lana Turner's chiffon gown in ``Imitation of Life,'' Marlene Dietrich's costumes in ``Montecarlo'' and Joan Crawford's costumes in ``Queen Bee.''

Louis, a Paris native, was head designer at the house of Hattie Carnegie before being named chief designer at Columbia Pictures. Louis later moved to Universal Pictures and was married to Loretta Young.

``He has designed unforgettable glamorous gowns and clothing for Hollywood's most sensuous leading ladies that we have come to love, and we are delighted to honor him,'' said guild president Cliff Chally.

Other Hall of Fame inductees include Adrian, Travis Banton, Edith Head, Dorothy Jeakins, Orry-Kelly, Walter Plunkett and Irene Sharaff.
Added Staff to our Marilyn Newspaper!

Jill and Rosemary are contributing articles and reviews for future issues of our MM daily newspaper, welcome aboard!

Well finally our daily MM newspaper is back up, happy days! The buzz is in the air about Jimmie Dougherty's book and his new collectible's web site is HOT-HOT-HOT. Above are some pictures of just the mugs I got today!

Sunday, December 17

statue of Marilyn Monroe

The rumour has it that the father of Marilyn

Monroe was an emigrant from Haugesund, Norway

and therefore the famous filmstar had her

roots here. True or not, in line with

Haugesund┬┤s status as Norway┬┤s Film

Festival town, a statue has been put up at

Smedasundet in honour of Marilyn Monroe.

Saturday, December 16

The picture of the day is from the Marilyn's last completed film, "The Misfits." Reminder, Vanity Fair January 2001 is having a huge photographer's edition and Bert Stern is featured with a few of his photographs.

January 2001 marks the premiere of a two hour documentary called "The Loves Of Marilyn" due to be aired on "E" check your local cable guide.

We need reporters! If interested write us at debs@marilynreporter.com

-Debbie Jasgur 2000__

Friday, December 15

News Of The Day!

The Marilyn Reporter, turns "blogspot site into a daily news feature for Marilyn fans."

By: Debbie Jasgur, The Marilyn Reporter

It was announced on several news groups that this web site will be updated daily with a picture and Marilyn news of the day. The purpose is to keep all fans informed of events, such as exhibitions, special charity events, interviews, auctions. It is a non partisan effort of keeping an information highway on Marilyn news. When a new e-zine is published, it will be published on a fresh site and then kept up with postings for two weeks until the next ezine is done.

"We hope to have an open door policy with all reputable Marilyn groups and organizations, and anyone is free to contact us for stories, and news." said Joseph Jasgur, Founder and Editor.

To be a part of this "team" contact The Marilyn Reporter at admin@marilynreporter.com, you will have access to the site to post stories, or have your own column.

Thursday, December 14

We have "arrived"

Welcome to our new look for our bi-weekly "ezine" in which we strive to be more news worthy and informational. The purpose of this e-zine is to provide the latest "Marilyn" news from all around the world and news from other fan clubs. This e-zine will be more newsworthy and will re-cap some Marilyn Monroe club events that are news events.

NEWS STORY - Jimmie Dougherty

I hope everyone bought the current issue of Globe magazine. There is a large article on Jimmie all about his marriage to Norma Jeane. Jimmie's book will be out Dec. 26, 2000, and he is offering all fans a discount. Please click on the related links below:

Norma Jeane book web site
Jimmie Dougherty's collectible's web site

People and Places - ROBERT SURFACE

Robert Surface, will be one of the most controversial figures, in the up and coming years. He will be a guest and a host on our weekly internet based radio show which airs at 10pm EST, every Monday. Mr.Surface met Marilyn when he was 7 years of age and knew Marilyn until he was 11, his friendship ended because of Marilyn's death in 1962. Marilyn was trying to help him with a speech impediment. An incredible story with over 150 DOJ, and goverment memos and FBI documents which verify who he is and the relationship he had with Marilyn. Robert still works for the Dept. Of Justice. More about Robert Surface, will be revealed in the weeks to come with an extensive transcripted interview in our Marilyn magazine, publication, due in January, based on our radio shows and interviews. Here is a "teaser" of one of the transcripts. Robert is writing a historical novel in a four part series. Mr. Surface hopes to donate a portion from the sales from his book, to a charity Marilyn believed in, or see her dream of having a Studio Arts & Acting College come to fruition with the proceeds. Since I am still in negotiations about a web site with Robert, for now I will publish a partial document which is a memo from Robert Kennedy. Robert has allowed me to re-print his synopsis in his own words below after the document. Is this incredible? Yes it is. We encourage all fans to put this under scrutiny and ask questions and be curious. Robert is an open person and loves to answer any questions. You can post them on the Hollywoodland egroups list, on the Forever Marilyn egroups list, the yahoo forums or send an email to marilynradio@yahoo.com or post on our news forum. He is an active member of many clubs First, let's view, one of the documents before we read this incredible story! The second page will be posted in our next issue.

Synopsis of content in novels by Robert Surface

I'm currently finishing my books
(historical novels) & associated screenplays re: when
I was a kid & Marilyn was my private tutor in & around
Fox. I even have declassified DOJ & CIA documents
(docs) which mention Marilyn & me verifying my story!
I currently work for DOJ in DC and submitted these
docs to my congressman, the CIA & DOJ for further
verification. I got their greenlight to use them!

Currently Mr. Bill Sarris of Travilla fashions in LA
is interested & has found a producer for me. I had
met Bill Travilla, MM's dress designer, in 1960 and I
reference Travilla thoughout, which is why Mr. Sarris
initially became interested.

My stories about MM are like nothing ever seen in any
other book or film! I even discuss her involvement in
RFK's Round Table & Operation: Project Freedom
espionage activities, in which she involved me as

In the novels based on fact (the docs included), I
discuss :

- How & why I met MM.
- Her involvement in Round Table (& what it was, why
she became involved, etc.)
- MM's studio-college dream
- the celebrities I met & why (such as the Kennedys,
Mr. Hoover,Elvis, Capote, Hemingway, Kerouac, George
Peppard - Marilyn's friend & fellow Method Acting
student; Mr. Disney, Sinatra & the Rat Pack, Mr. Cukor
(who taught me production-directing), etc.
- Her teaching methods ("life lessons" as she called
- Our acting together in the skits she had me write as
- The songs we wrote & performed together (which I'd
later showcase on my own Public Access Cable TV shows
around the country).
- Her deep religious faith (& it wasn't Christian
Science either despite her name being left on their
membership roll) and just what this faith was!
- Her personal weaknesses, etc.
- Her bout w/ Capote's "mean reds" as MM also called
- How Marilyn asked me as a kid to someday write about
her feet of clay (although she thought she'd be there
to assist me) and how she wanted her imperfections
known so others could learn from her mistakes & grow
closer to G-d as she was trying to do at the end of
her life.

- Her future TV - movie roles she hoped to produce
through her resurrected Production Co. &
studio-college (like a movie w/ Elvis - I know the

Again, the docs verify ALL the above.

Yes, while my novels are controversial at the end I
hope people will truly understand what made her tick
the way I believe I knew her; why she did the things
she did; and how truly saint-like she was despite her
short-comings! Mr. Hoover also once asked me: "How
can you love this woman after all that happened to you
and her?"

I replied: "Because, Mr. Hoover, like the Teddi
Bears' song she liked - 'To Know Her IS To Love Her'!"

Mr. Hoover went to his grave not understanding our
Marilyn! A shame & a pity!

Again, if interested in the docs, let me know. I
don't mind you posting any of this either! My goal is
to have more people understand MM better, to be
inspired, & to love her!

Thanks again!

Bob Surface (aka "Bobby" by Marilyn - yes as an FBI
memo reveals - I was the Bobby she was trying to reach
on Aug 4, 1962 and NOT Bobby Kennedy!).


We need Marilyn Reporters!
If you are interested in writing or submitting stories, poems, polls, let us know! With this new web site you can edit and write your own! Email me at debs@marilynreporter.com

Clubby News

Don't forget we have made alot of site updates, our monthly calendar is on our Marilyn Reporter site. Don't forget to visit the folkes at "Forever Marilyn." Don't forget to visit our new store!

We have a SECRET!

Bettina and I will be making announcements shortly about some special plans!

Credits and Disclaimers

The stories and items we post are published as news stories, entertainment, or as current events, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial staff.

Top graphic : Debbie Jasgur
Memo document : Copyright, Robert Surface
Cartoon : Brandon Heidrick
Contents and Concept/ Copyright: Debbie Jasgur