Happy birthday Norma Jean!
It's the 90th birthday of Marilyn Monroe today; a Hollywood icon who remains a legend of showbusiness despite her flaws and her controversial life. This is an actress who has inspired and influenced so many, that multiple films have been produced depicting her life and career.
Here are just five of the best depictions of Marilyn in movies:
'The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe' starred Kelli Garner
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Beyonce’s performance at the Made in America Festival on Saturday featured strong feminist and body positive messages.
Beyoncé’s performance at Budweiser’s Made in America Festival on Saturday (5th September) was carefully orchestrated to include messages of female empowerment. The 34-year-old singer, who had celebrated her birthday the evening before, headlined the first day at the Festival held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
Beyonce at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in L.A., February 2015.
At the height of Williams' solo career, she could count on her Destiny's Child band mates to back her.
Destiny's Child. Stellar Awards. Guys. It happened. The former R&B trio didn't tease their reunion or reveal they were planning anything at all, they just made it happen on Saturday night. Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams took the stage together at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena to perform Williams' Say Yes. Beyoncé and Rowland previously collaborated on the studio version of Williams' single, an EDM-inspired reimagining of the Nigerian gospel song When Jesus Says Yes.
Michelle Williams won big last night - and she had some supportive friends there to back her.
The song was nominated for three Stellar awards, including Urban/Inspiration Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Song of the Year, with Williams picking up an extra nod in the Female Vocalist of the Year category for her gospel album Journey to Freedom.
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'Suite Française' has been miraculously adapted from one of the first pieces of World War Two fiction ever written, by one of the most tragic authors in history.
The new period romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Shoenaerts is based on a novel that survived World War II against the odds. Irene Nemirovsky was a well-known novelist in pre-war France, and as the Nazis occupied her country she began writing a sequence of five novels about life during wartime. But in July 1942, she was arrested as a Jew and deported to Auschwitz, where she was killed.
Matthias Schoenaerts as Bruno von Falk in 'Suite Française'
At the time of her deportation, she had only completed the first two books in the series, handwritten in notebooks that were collected by her daughters. Thinking they were journals, the women were afraid to read about their mother's wartime experiences, and left them untouched. More than 50 years later, elder daughter Denise looked through them, discovering the two novels written in microscopic handwriting over 140 pages. The two books were titled 'Tempete en Juin' ('Storm in June') and 'Dolce' ('Sweet'), and were published together as 'Suite Française' in 2004 along with notes from Nemirovsky including the outline of the next book 'Captivite' ('Captivity') and the titles of the final two books in the series: 'Batailles' ('Battles') and 'La Paix' ('Peace').
Continue reading: 'Suite Française' Adapts A Miracle Book
Even though it's made in a style that feels familiar, this World War II romantic drama takes a much more complex approach to the period, most notably in the way that it refuses to let anyone become a hero or villain. This is because author Irene Nemirovsky wrote the source novel at the time, not in retrospect, which gives it an unusual kick. And the film also benefits from an extraordinarily textured performance by Michelle Williams.
She plays Lucille, who in 1940 is living in the French country town of Bussy with her mother-in-law Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas). Since her husband is missing in action at the front, Lucille is feeling trapped in her life with the madame, who cruelly increases her poor-farmer tenants' rent even during these hard times. Then the Germans arrive to occupy the town, and officer Bruno (Matthias Schoenaerts) is billeted in their house. Initially a horrific presence, Bruno turns out to be a soulful young man who misses his family. As he composes music on Lucille's piano, she reaches out to him in friendship, surprised to find a spark of attraction. But things get more complicated when Lucille and the madame begin to help a neighbour (Sam Riley) who crosses the Germans and needs to be hidden from view.
Director Saul Dibb (The Duchess) shoots this in a fairly straightforward costume-drama style, with sun-dappled cinematography and lavish settings. But the film rises above the genre in the characters, who are never allowed to become the usual stereotypes. Both Lucille and Bruno are intelligent young people aware that they're in the wrong place at the wrong time, so it's hardly surprising that they are drawn to each other, and Williams and Schoenaerts spark vivid chemistry that never boils over into forbidden-love melodrama. Each of them is a bundle of contradictions, remaining sympathetic even when they make bad decisions. And Scott Thomas adds further texture as the harsh madame who reveals her own unexpected shadings.
Continue reading: Suite Francaise Review
During the Second World War, France was quickly and violently taken over by the German army. Now, under enemy occupation, the residents find themselves having to house and shelter their victorious enemies. Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) is one of these people, having to share her house with Commander Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts). Despite being on two different sides of the conflict, the two find a strange attraction to one-another, and a romance begins to blossom. But Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas), Lucille's mother-in-law, distrusts the German officer, leading to a series of events that will test the strength of love and trust, in a time of war.
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The 34-year-old actress recently opened up about raising her and the late Heath Ledger's daughter as a single parent, as well as balancing a movie career.
Michelle Williams is a single mother and proud! Since the tragic and unexpected death of Heath Ledger in 2008, the Oscar-nominated actress has been the solo parent to their daughter Matilda - a responsibility she has handled very well, but the lack of sleep can be an issue.
Williams has been raising her and Ledger's daughter as a single parent since 2008
"I feel like I'm so good at raising a kid when I'm not working. I don't forget anything. I've got everything covered," Williams said in the April issue of Elle UK when opening up about raising Matilda on her own.
'My Week with Marilyn' star Michelle Williams, 'The Dark Knight Rises' actress Marion Cotillard and 'The Bling Ring' director Sofia Coppola were among the star arrivals at the inauguration of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. The building houses an art gallery and was opened to the public in October 2014.
We can't think of anyone better and apparently, neither could the producers.
Emma Stone on Broadway is something we’d very much like to see. Recent reports state that this may be happening soon. The Easy A actress is reportedly in talks to replace Michelle Williams in the Broadway revival of Cabaret. After conquering the big screen and thousands of internet folks’ hearts, it looks like Stone is skipping television to move directly into theatre.
Prepare to have all your entertainment dreams come true.
Stone was being considered for the starring role before the production launched, but Williams was chosen for the part instead. Now Stone might get her chance after all, as The New York Times reports that the star is in talks to replace Williams this fall. The news was officially confirmed by reps for the production soon after.
'Sin City' actress Jessica Alba looked positively glowing in her stunning strapless bronze gown at the 2014 NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television) Designing Women Awards held at the McGraw Hill Building, where she was accompanied on the red carpet by her friend and award-winning make-up artist Evelyne Noraz.
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9th September, 1980
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