A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Sid Ross

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A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Sid Ross

US$ 700 - 900£ 550 - 710
A Marilyn Monroe group of letters from Sid Ross
4 Autograph Letters Signed ("Sid"), 16 pp recto and verso, 8vo to 4to, March 17, 1952 to May 6, 1952, to Marilyn Monroe, on "American Airlines" stationery, with 2 original transmittal envelopes. Ross was a writer for Parade magazine whose brother, photographer Ben Ross, had photographed Monroe several times. Sid Ross fell head over heels in love with Monroe, who appears not to have returned his affection (or many of his letters, since his enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope for her convenience is still attached to his letter)! His letters are lyrical, poetic, and beautifully written, and he is clearly besotted: "The sheer joy of watching you–as you talk & sometimes crinkle up your brow ... the sometimes pain in your voice and glance and gestures ... the itensity that stirs not only you, but others." During the time he writes these letters, Monroe was filming Monkey Business (1952) with Cary Grant, whom Monroe said was "nice" to her; she was also beginning a relationship with Joe DiMaggio, whom she would marry in 1954. In April of 1952, Ross received a "Dear John" letter from Monroe that he declared was "a blow. A terrific blow. It made me feel that the end of the world had come for me." He is clearly heartbroken and devastated. Interestingly, Ross closes one of his letters, "You may never be a 'great' actress possibly but you'll always be a so very beautiful girl...," a statement which may have been the very reason Monroe broke things off with Sid Ross.
8.5 x 11 in.
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