Saturday, May 06, 2017

Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe's Friendship Profiled on TVOne


TV One is producing a made for TV movie about the friendship between jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and actress Marilyn Monroe...

Ella & Marilyn
This original film tells the true story of the unexpected yet authentic friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. Kindred spirits, the women shared similar relationship issues with their husbands and found solace in each other. The movie also follows the fight the women took on to desegregate the nightclub business. Against all odds, the clever and talented women enlisted the help of “A-List” Hollywood in their endeavor, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Peter Lawford, Cary Grant, Sammy Davis Jr., Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and more. Ella and Marilyn’s mission would ultimately give rise to perhaps the greatest jazz recordings in history.
Ella & Marilyn airs on TVOne later this year.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Marilyn and always have lol my folks dont get it but what evs. My mom used to watch her movies and one of my favs ended up being All About Eve with Bette Davis as the star another person i admire. Although Marilyn had a small role, learning about her endeavor to be apart of that all star cast who really did not consider her worthy made me respect her even more. Although she was that bombshell on the outside she was a different person inside. Im not at all surprised about her connection with Ella or Dorothy Dandridge. These women had the same loneliness and big dreams. Learning more about the relationship with she and Ella would just solidify the fact that everything aint always what it seems. Rest in peace to all 3 women.

Anonymous said...

They need to stop trying to give Monroe a black card after all these years. There is nothing unique about women bonding over some man shit. People can be phony so the relationship or friendship might not have been genuine, just convenient. I don't find this interesting at all.

Anonymous said...

8:52 Thank you. This is so contrived. The great Ella Fitzgerald was not seeking yt validation. Shame on tvone.

SmokeAndMirrors said...

It has been very well documented that Marilyn Monroe refused to play clubs that wouldn't allow African American performers and patrons the same rights that she had. She also was best friends with Dorthy Dandridge and they would talk for hours almost every night, which infuriated the studio heads who went to great lengths to keep this friendship hidden. So that is why I believe the story that she and Ella were friends as well. Marilyn also helped African Americans to work in films when white directors only wanted to use white actors and paint them in blackface, she helped put a end to that. These are a lot of things again well documented that has been around for years before TVOne decided to do a show about her. Most people don't know this about Marilyn and her beliefs in equality because Hollywood only wanted to present her as a dumb blonde, but she wasn't, she only played one on the movie screen. Maybe Ella knew that and that's why they were friends.

Kumbukani Press International said...

Thank you,1:13 AM. Well said

iketernr said...

I had family in the music industry. They'd tell stories about Ella and how she was a mentor to up and coming black and white artists.
EF would give her time to the whites but rarely would she work one on one with the blacks. SMH

Anonymous said...

OK Whatever. Just don't attempt to paint Ms. Monhoe, I mean Monroe, as some kind of white liberal savior. That BS is tired and needs to stop. Black folks should free (and create opportunities for) themselves and cut that inferiority complex, white validation foolishness out. Also, every sister ain't a sistah.

Queen Me said...

Coming from the Gladys Knight thread, I have to say this: Ella Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughn passed the torch of most beautiful voices to Whitney. These are the top 3 ever. I'll be watching simply bc I love her so much.

JDent said...

I will watch it. It's true about these ladies. Also Clark Gable and Hattie McDaniel were friends. Hattie had a party ever year and he was a regular guest. During the filming of Gone With the Wind, the black actor were made to go some ridiculous slep to the bathroom. Clark cussed the director and made him allow black actors to use same facilities.

Bette Davis also friends with Hattie helped start the black USO in Hollywood WWII.

These performers would've been grateful for any help they could get.

Anonymous said...

This is news to me. I never knew Marilyn had a friendship with Ella Fitzgerald. Can't wait for this to air.

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