A Marilyn Monroe group of telegrams from Elia Kazan

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Lot 321
A Marilyn Monroe group of telegrams from Elia Kazan

US$ 700 - 900
£ 530 - 690
A Marilyn Monroe group of telegrams from Elia Kazan
3 Western Union telegrams, New York and Chicago, March 9, 1951 to December 1, 1951, to Marilyn Monroe from director Elia Kazan. In 1951, Kazan and Monroe were engaged in a clandestine affair while Kazan was married to Molly Day Thacher. Through Kazan, Monroe met her future husband, Arthur Miller, who also took a fancy to Monroe (and who was also married). Though Miller's affair with Monroe would not take place until later, the three spent time together when Miller was in Hollywood. The two men called Monroe "Miss Bauer" based on a prank they played on Columbia boss Harry Cohn in which Monroe posed as a secretary by that name. Two of the Kazan telegrams allude to this pseudonym, with one signed "Bauer" and the other signed simply "B." Though Monroe had affection for Kazan, she fell hard for Miller and the Kazan relationship fizzled out. From his messages, however, it appears that they were close: "Darling Just sit tight where you are and I'll call for you about nine thirty." Monroe has written "2073 Coldwater" on the December telegram, as Kazan was living in agent Charles Feldman's home in Coldwater Canyon at the time.
Each telegram: 6 x 8 in.
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