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Marilyn Monroe Appointment Book
A "1961 Daily Reminder" red hardcover appointment book having gold lettering and "MM" in handwritten notation on cover containing Marilyn's appointments, invitations, engagements, phone calls and notes relating to her 1961 personal and professional schedule. Notes are in the hand of Marilyn's assistant and secretary May Reis in pencil, colored pencil and ink throughout book.
Included are names of most of those close to Marilyn in her personal and professional life the year before her death including Norman and Hedda Rosten, Kay Gable, Joe DiMaggio, Isadore Miller, Harry Belafonte, Max Lerner, Hedda Hopper, Montgomery Clift, Louella Parsons, Ralph Roberts, Lee Strasberg, Billy Wilder and others. Notable is a handwritten pencil note on Friday, March 10 reading: "May, Remind me about dentist this morning" in Marilyn's hand; a handwritten note on Sunday, April 23rd reading: "Judy Garland/8:30/Cargagie Hall" (a well remembered milestone performance by Garland); the absence of any documented activity between February 9 and March 4, presumably due to Marilyn's psychiatric hospitalization; and references in January and early February to Marilyn's New York psychiatrist Marianne Kris (referred to as "Dr. K" or "Dr. Kris"), who apparently recommended Marilyn to check into The Payne Whitney Clinic for emotional exhaustion. Please note November 17th through December pages are not present and that May Reis's employment with Marilyn ended in mid-September, 1961. A remarkable insight to Marilyn's personal world just one year before her death.