The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: From Marilyn Monroe to Otello

Detail of a photo of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Prince and The Showgirl
Detail of a photo of Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Prince and The Showgirl
Courtesy of Limited Runs

Our first suggestion for Friday is the short-run exhibit "Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Photos of a Hollywood Star." Many of the images seen in the collection "The Lost Photos" were, in fact, literally lost. Mischa Pelz's photos, taken in 1953, were found by his former assistant after an earthquake damaged the storeroom where they were being kept. Cinematographer Thomas "Doc" Kaminski, who documented the filming of The Misfits in 1960, shot candid photos of the actors on the set and mailed them home to his family, where they went unnoticed for 40 years.

Family members found photos taken by Allan "Whitey" Snyder, Monroe's makeup artist and a close friend, in an attic. "They always knew they [existed]," says Pierre Vudrag, the founder of Limited Runs and curator for the exhibit, "but they didn't know exactly where they were.

"She and Allan were very, very close friends," Vudrag tells us. "She met Allan when she did her very first screen test and he had just been hired as a makeup artist. They were both coming up together and they hit it off. He worked with her right up to her death. They were so close that she asked him, 'If I die before you, I want you to do my makeup.' In the end, he did her makeup and was a pallbearer at her funeral. They were very close friends, so I think you see a lot of her not in the typical Hollywood pose. You see her, who she was behind the persona. You see her just being with her friends, just being Norma Jean."

"Lost Photos" is available for viewing noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bisong Art Gallery, 1305 Sterrett Street. For information, visit Free.

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