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Author: Scott Fortner & Elisa Jordan

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Lively discussions and debates on any and all topics related to Marilyn Monroe, hosted by Marilyn Monroe historian and collector Scott Fortner, together with author, historian, and founder of LA Woman Tours, Elisa Jordan. Follow us on Instagram: @allthingsmarilynpodcast
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We had the pleasure recently of interviewing actor, director, producer, professor, and playwright Luke Yankee, who wrote and directs, Marilyn, Mom, & Me. Luke is the son of Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony-award winning actress Eileen Heckart, who co-starred with Marilyn in the film Bus Stop. In this episode of the All Things Marilyn Podcast, you'll hear great stories about Luke's mom and of course Marilyn: What was the relationship like between Marilyn Monroe and Eileen...
In this episode of the All Things Marilyn Podcast, Scott and Elisa interview Michael Arnold, grandson of photojournalist Eve Arnold, who photographed Marilyn Monroe several times. Eve was more than just another photographer of Marilyn’s, she was her friend and confidant. With this interview, listeners will hear new stories and discover new insights on Marilyn Monroe:Learn about what it was like for Eve to be a female photojournalist in a male dominated profession. Discover how Eve came t...
In this episode of the All Things Marilyn Podcast, we discuss and share opinions about the recent news that the City of Los Angeles Planning and Development Department approved a requested permit to demolish Marilyn Monroe's home, located in Brentwood, CA. This was the only house she ever owned on her own, and the location where she passed away in 1962. The pending demolition was announced in a New York Post article. All Things Marilyn co-hosts Scott and Elisa review and discuss th...
In this episode of All Things Marilyn we break down the facts and the rumors about President Kennedy's birthday gala at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 19, 1962. What are the facts? What's true and not true? There are so many stories, rumors, legends, and lies about this historic event: Marilyn bought five tickets at $1,000.00 to attend President Kennedy’s birthday gala, even though she was a performer! Who were the other four tickets for?What’s the history of the gown Marilyn w...
In this episode of the All Things Marilyn Podcast, we interview Christina Rice, author of “Mean…Moody…Magnificent! Jane Russell and the Making of a Hollywood Legend.”We had a wonderful time chatting with Christina about all things Jane. How she was discovered by Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks.Facts about her role in and publicity for The Outlaw.Why she was known as, "The Motionless Picture Actress."The true life parallels between Marilyn Monroe and Jane.Jane's relationship with Marilyn, ...
For the Season 2 premiere of the All Things Marilyn Podcast, hosts Scott and Elisa interview Francine Gifford-Deir, biological granddaughter of Charles Stanley Gifford and Marilyn Monroe's niece. Last year, Francine provided a hair sample for a DNA test that proved definitively that Stan Gifford was Marilyn's father. In this interview, Francine provides intimate details and stories about her family, and describes in detail what Stan Gifford was like as a person. Was the relationship...
For this episode of All Things Marilyn, we interview Emmy award winning journalist Marvin Scott, who at 15 years of age photographed Marilyn Monroe on March 31, 1955. She was making her first public appearance following her divorce from baseball great Joe DiMaggio. The event was a charity opening of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Listen as Mr. Scott tells us how he gained access to the event and what it was like to be there. Also, ...
In this episode, we announce and discuss the discovery of an undated get well greeting card to Marilyn Monroe from her father, Stanley Gifford. For years it was believed that Gifford was her father, and it was proven definitively through DNA testing earlier this year. However, there was never any evidence that father and daughter had any kind of relationship. The discovery of this greeting card rewrites history. There was indeed some kind of personal relationship between them, and this card p...
It’s been widely reported that Marilyn Monroe catapulted jazz great Ella Fitzgerald’s career by personally calling the owner of the Mocambo Club in Los Angeles to demand that Ella be booked there. Evidently, Fitzgerald couldn’t get her own gig at the club, and Marilyn promised that if she was booked, Marilyn herself would show up every night and sit in the front row, ensuring massive press for the Mocambo. Even Ella herself has told this story. It’s been used as the storyline for what a great...
On this episode of All Things Marilyn, our very special guest is internationally acclaimed make-up artist Erin Parsons. Erin is one of the industry’s most sought-after makeup artists, doing makeup for the world’s most famous fashion models, including @gigihadid, @bellahadid, @kendalljenner, @gisele, @adrianalima and @emilydidonato. Erin and her work have been featured in Chaos, Harper’s Bazaar, Purple, and V Magazine, along with the American, British, Italian and Japanese editions of Vo...
All Things Marilyn is pleased to present our next episode, which focuses on Marilyn’s final home, located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood, California, an exclusive suburban neighborhood in the Westside region of Los Angeles. In this podcast, we review the story of Marilyn purchasing what would become the first and only home she’d ever own by herself at the age of 35: What was it about the Brentwood house that drew her to it?What role did former husband Joe DiMaggio play in ...
We’re going back to Marilyn’s Hollywood roots with our first guest on the All Things Marilyn podcast. We're thrilled to interview Jean Harlow author, historian and collector Darrell Rooney.How much do you know about Harlow? Was Harlow a childhood idol of Marilyn’s? How did Marilyn discover Jean Harlow?What were the similarities between the two film stars?Was Marilyn the first “platinum blonde,” or was it actually Jean Harlow? Did Marilyn recreate many of Harlow’s famous photogr...
Trigger Warning: In this podcast, issues of rape, sexual violence and abuse, abortion and other topics of a sensitive nature are discussed. All Things Marilyn hosts Scott Fortner and Elisa Jordan share their thoughts and feedback on the new Netflix film Blonde, a fictional story based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel of the same name. What did we like? What did we dislike? What’s true and what’s fiction?Tune in to find out all the details. Follow us on Instagram!ATM Podcast: @al...
We’re excited to post our IntroCast! Get to know your hosts for All Things Marilyn, Scott Fortner and Elisa Jordan. How did we meet? When did we first discover Marilyn? Why are we launching a podcast? What are some of the experiences we’ve had through Marilyn? Listen and find out!Stay tuned for our next episode: Our take on the new Netflix film Blonde. Follow us on Instagram!ATM Podcast: @allthingsmarilynpodcastScott @marilynmonroecollectionElisa @la_woman_tours Credits Artwork by @maril...
Coming Soon! A new podcast about Marilyn Monroe!Join Marilyn Monroe historian and collector Scott Fortner, together with author, historian and founder of LA Woman Tours, Elisa Jordan, for "All Things Marilyn." Topics discussed will focus on any and all things related to Marilyn, including her life, career, celebrity, and legend. Scott and Elisa will be joined by special guests who also share a passion for Marilyn. Be sure to follow our channel, and stay tuned for our introductory episod...
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Awesome job Scott! I love how you care for Marilyn and this podcast is great. I am so glad I found you on Instagram!

Oct 12th
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