This woman could NOT take a bad photo. I am so jealous! Best ID photo ever! She needed Department of Defense ID for when she entertained the troops. (Korea)  On February 23, 1956 she legally changed her name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe.

James Garner, born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, on April 7, 1928, rose to fame as the star of the Western TV series Maverick (1957-60). He went on to star in hit films such as The Great Escape (1963), Grand Prix (1966) and the Oscar-winning Victor Victoria (1982). He earned an Oscar nomination for Murphy’s Romance (1985) and a Golden Globe Award for Decoration Day (1990). Garner died on July 19, 2014 at the age of 86.

Born James Scott Bumgarner on April 7, 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner’s early childhood in the Great Depression-era Dust Bowl was marked by hardships. He is the youngest of three sons. When he was only four years old, he lost his mother, Mildred Bumgarner, who was half-Cherokee. His father, Weldon Warren “Bill” Bumgarner, eventually abandoned James and his brothers Charles and Jack, leaving them in the care of relatives. The Bumgarner boys reunited with their father after Bill remarried a few years later.  But their home life was far from happy, as their new stepmother was physically and verbally abusive to her stepsons. She and Weldon Bumgarner eventually divorced.

Remaining in Oklahoma when his father moved to Los Angeles, James Garner soon dropped out of school. At age 16, he lied about his age in order to join the Merchant Marine during the last year of World War II. After that, he decided to try living in California with his father, during which time he briefly attended Hollywood High School. But Garner didn’t finish school there, either, abandoning his classes to take a job as a model for Janzen bathing suits. “I made 25 bucks an hour!” he remembered. “That’s why I quit school. I was making more money than the teachers.”

It didn’t last long, though. In 1950, Garner became the first Oklahoman drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. Two battlefield injuries and Purple Hearts later, Garner returned to the United States. Although he never finished high school, he did earn his GED.

Finally, Garner stumbled into acting. Approached by a talent agent friend and lured by the prospect of a new job, Garner took a small role as a judge in a Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Although Garner spent most of his time in the background, his participation gave him ample time to learn from the show’s legendary lead actor: Henry Fonda. Through watching Fonda, and because he occasionally had the opportunity to read lines during rehearsals, Garner began internalizing what it took to be an actor.

Thanks to that role, Warner Bros. offered him a film contract in 1956. Unlike many future stars, though, Garner always viewed acting as a way to make a living, instead of as a dream fulfilled. “I’m a Spencer Tracy-type actor,” Garner said. “His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth.” Garner’s lunch-bucket approach worked well enough; the actor landed several supporting roles in films, including Sayonara (1957) starring Marlon Brando. His big break was just around the bend. (Meanwhile, Warner Bros. started billing him as Garner instead of Bumgarner, without ever asking for his permission.)

Garner’s acting career really picked up when he was awarded the lead role in a Western television series called Maverick, in which he played the title character, Bret Maverick, from 1957-60. The fact that he was already under contract for a regular (and relatively low) fee may have had something to do with the studio’s decision to cast him; at least, Garner seemed to think so. Westerns were big on American television in this period, and Maverick was initially conceived to be typical of the genre. Over time, though, the show found its niche by painting Garner’s character as somewhat lazy and unwilling to be bothered, yet nonetheless essentially good-hearted and effective at catching the bad guys. Fans embraced the show’s gentle mockery of Western conventions and Garner’s likeable, unconventional character.

Just as he was getting his first taste of what it was like to play a lead role, Garner was also learning about a darker side of the entertainment business. His tenure on Maverick ended with a successful lawsuit against Warner Bros. During a writers’ strike in 1960, the studio suspended Garner without pay, claiming that they had no scripts to work from, so they couldn’t pay him. A judge sided with Garner; it turned out that the company had plenty of writers writing plenty of scripts during the period, so they had breached Garner’s contract by suspending him without pay.

Actually quite happy to be out of his low-paying contract with Warner Bros., Garner moved on, appearing in such feature films as The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964) and Grand Prix (1966). It was only when he returned to television, though, that his career reached another high point.

Garner attained small-screen fame once again as Jim Rockford, a private detective, in the series The Rockford Files (1974-80). Much like Maverick, the series presented a subtle parody of its own genre headed by a likeable anti-hero. Again, too, Garner’s tenure on the series would end in a lawsuit. Strenuous production work had aggravated his old Korean War injuries and left him with several new ones, so Garner tried to leave the show. NBC wanted him to fulfill his contract, so he took parts on a couple of short-lived Maverick spin-offs, but those fizzled. Garner ended up suing NBC for cheating him out of his fair share of the profits from The Rockford Files. Garner won the suit, receiving an undisclosed sum from NBC. During the 1970s, Garner also became recognizable for the Polaroid ads he appeared in with Mariette Hartley.

In the 1980s, Garner returned to the big screen. He appeared alongside Julie Andrews in the Oscar-winning Victor Victoria (1982) and was nominated for an Oscar himself for Murphy’s Romance (1985), in which he starred opposite Sally Field. Garner also acted in several television movies, racking up awards nominations and winning a best actor Golden Globe for Decoration Day (1990). In 1990, Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite this success, the decade also presented major challenges: Garner underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery around the same time.

James Garner continued his acting career well into the 2000s, signing for a major role on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules after the untimely death of its original male lead, John Ritter. Garner took a supporting role in the film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), and played a husband whose wife is sick with Alzheimer’s in 2004’s The Notebook. That same year, Garner was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actor Award, and awarded the SAG Life Achievement Award. According to SAG President Melissa Gilbert, Garner “is a man who has served his peers, his community and his country with integrity and quiet generosity. He epitomizes class, style, wit, and depth. He serves as a role model for all of America’s actors.”

Garner’s career has been one of the longest in Hollywood, and his marriage has lasted nearly as long. Garner married Lois Clarke on August 17, 1956. The pair met at a rally for presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. The couple had only known each other a few weeks before tying the knot. Garner adopted Clarke’s daughter from her previous marriage, a then-nine-year-old named Kimberly. Garner and Clarke also have a daughter of their own, Greta (known as Gigi), born in 1958.

Despite suffering a stroke in 2008, James Garner remained relatively healthy and remained one of the most liked and best-respected actors in the history of television. Perhaps his success has had something to do with his insistence on viewing acting as a job, rather than pursuing celebrity for its own sake. He nearly declined the SAG Life Achievement Award, making the excuse that he disliked public speaking: “It scares the devil out of me.” When he finally accepted, he said of his speech, “Well, this will be shorter than others.” True of his speech, perhaps—but, fortunately for fans, certainly not true of his career. Garner died on July 19, 2014 at the age of 86.

Oh no. This just breaks my heart! Loved watching the ‘Rockford Files - Detektiv Rockford, Anruf genügt!’ and ‘Maverick’ growing up. Remember the movies with Doris Day or “The Children’s Hour” and my favorite ‘Support Your Local Sheriff - Auch ein Scheriff braucht mal Hilfe’. Rest in Peace.

Barbra Streisand and Natalie Wood

During an August 1963 evening at the Cocoanut Grove, Barbra Streisand (left) crossed paths with Natalie Wood. The 21-year-old Streisand was at the beginning of her meteoric rise, having won two Grammys earlier in the year for her self-titled debut album. Wood, 25, was at the apex of her success, having starred recently in three of her most celebrated roles: 1961’s Splendor in the Grass (for which she was Oscar-nominated) and West Side Story and 1962’s Gypsy.

Johnny Carson, Dyan Cannon and Cary Grant

There were smiles all around at what might have been an awkward moment for Johnny Carson (left), his date, Dyan Cannon, and her ex-husband, Cary Grant. At the time of this 1970 photo, taken at a Friars Club roast honoring producer Mike Frankovich, the 33-year-old Cannon was two years removed from her marriage to Grant, more than 30 years her senior. Carson recently had learned his second wife, Joanne, was having an affair with Frank Gifford. Although the couple was separated, the divorce would not be finalized until 1972, the year The Tonight Show moved from New York to Burbank.

Jane Fonda with director Joshua Logan

Jane Fonda, then 21, got a hand with her zipper from director Joshua Logan before meeting the Hollywood press at a cocktail party thrown by Warner Bros. in July 1959. The event was to promote her big-screen debut, Tall Story, which was about to begin production and would hit theaters in 1960.

Judy Garland and the young Liza Minnelli 


At a 1949 kiddie party in Hollywood, Photographer Dallinger caught this sweet photo of 27-year-old Judy Garland holding 3-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli (whom he described in an unpublished caption as “almost too heavy for the petite actress to hold”). Garland had wed Vincente Minnelli in 1945, the second of her five marriages, after meeting the director on the set of Meet Me in St. Louis.

Judy Garland and the young Liza Minnelli

At a 1949 kiddie party in Hollywood, Photographer Dallinger caught this sweet photo of 27-year-old Judy Garland holding 3-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli (whom he described in an unpublished caption as “almost too heavy for the petite actress to hold”). Garland had wed Vincente Minnelli in 1945, the second of her five marriages, after meeting the director on the set of Meet Me in St. Louis.

Elizabeth Taylor and Ray Bolger


A 13-year-old Elizabeth Taylor sampled the food at a 1945 Hollywood party with help from Ray Bolger, best known as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Despite her age, Taylor already was a star, having appeared in National Velvet the previous year.

Elizabeth Taylor and Ray Bolger

A 13-year-old Elizabeth Taylor sampled the food at a 1945 Hollywood party with help from Ray Bolger, best known as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Despite her age, Taylor already was a star, having appeared in National Velvet the previous year.

Happy Birthday Billy Wilder!

I wonder, why Marlene wrote her birthday wishes in English?

… Mommy played with knives…

1950 Newsreel clip of a mother throwing knifes at her children.

Very interesting : The Brentwood home where Marilyn Monroe passed away is on the market, having changed hands several times since that infamous day but no worse for wear. The star had purchased the home in 1962 for $90,000, and had been set to make mortgage payments at $320 a month.  The official listing highlights both the seclusion of the property and its close proximity to San Vicente Boulevard life. It has four bedrooms and three baths, and while the living space is only 2,624 square feet, the entire lot size is 23,200 square feet. Most of the property is taken up by the pool, grassy yard, courtyard, and citrus grove. According to the fan site Marilyn Monroe Memories, the actress was proud of her kidney-shaped pool even though she never got around to swimming in it; the home had only been in her possession for about six months before she passed.

Happy Birthday to Marilyn Monroe, a woman who gave beauty a new definition.

The Weisse Dame [white lady] launches her advertising campaign for Persil.

Who does not know her, the lady all in white with a Persil package in her left hand? She stems from the studio of Berlin artist Kurt Heiligenstaedt, a known cartoonist. In 1922 he is asked to design a Persil poster. The Weisse Dame is by no means a figure of his imagination, however, rather the artist’s 18-year-old girlfriend. Together with her, Heiligenstaedt buys a white dress in a fashion house on Alexanderplatz and has her model with a Florentine hat and a product package. From then on the result decorates enamelled signs, posters, gable ends and street clocks. The Weisse Dame with its changing types of women and fashion directions remains the central advertising figure of Persil across many decades

In 1907 the chemists at Henkel succeed in revolutionizing laundry. They combine sodium silicate with sodium perborate, which when boiling the laundry releases fine pearling oxygen. This not only has the effect of – in contrast to the chlorine used up to then – an especially textile-friendly and odourless bleach. It also takes away the strenuous and time-consuming rubbing, swinging and scrubbing of the laundry for the housewives. The first self-acting detergent is born: Persil. The first announcement advert appears on 6 June 1907 in the Düsseldorf newspaper. Then Persil makes its way into the retail trade packaged in thin cardboard cartons with printed paper wrapping made and filled by hand.