Unpublished Vintage Photos Show A Different Side To History

By | February 2, 2023

Marilyn Monroe being interviewed while promoting the film “Love Happy” in 1949.

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you’ve never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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Marilyn Monroe was a relative unknown when she appeared in a walk-on role in the 1949 musical comedy Love Happy. The film, which was directed by David Miller, was written by Mac Benoff and Frank Tashlin with inspiration from a Harpo Marx story. Love Happy starred Harpo Marx, Groucho Marx, and Chico Marx. In general, it ranks in last place among Marx Brother films. Later in his career, Groucho Marx acknowledged that it was a terrible film, but he said that the most memorable thing about it was Marilyn Monroe.

A young Ann-Margret trying out for the character, Emily Porter, in the movie, "State Fair". An American musical film directed by José Ferrer in 1962. 

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Swedish actress Ann-Margret originally auditioned for the role of Margy in the 1962 remake of State Fair, based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. While she nailed her performance, the studio execs instead cast her in the role of Emily, the movie’s bad girl – although she is tame by today’s standards. The role of Margy went to Pamela Tiffin. Tiffin hadn’t planned to have a Hollywood career. When she was 19 years old, she was on vacation in California with her family and they took a tour of Paramount Pictures. There, a producer spotted her and gave her a screen test and offered her a contract.