Cinema celebrates Marilyn’s birthday

EARLY ROLE: Marilyn Monroe in 1948 film Ladies of the Chorus. It is one of the few roles that didn't feature Marilyn's iconic blonde locks. Picture: SUPPLIED

EARLY ROLE: Marilyn Monroe in 1948 film Ladies of the Chorus. It is one of the few roles that didn't feature Marilyn's iconic blonde locks. Picture: SUPPLIED

NEXT Wednesday Star Cinema will celebrate what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday.

The Eaglehawk cinema is hosting two little known Marilyn films – Ladies of the Chorus (1948) and River of No Return (1954).

Ladies of the Chorus was the first major role in Marilyn’s career. She plays a burlesque queen who falls in love with a wealthy socialite.

 "It's quite possible that this film has not been seen on the big screen in Australia for a very long time, if at all,” Star Cinema programming manager Hannah Morton said.

The same night, Star Cinema will screen River of No Return, which sees Marilyn play a woman abandoned in the American wilderness.

"River of No Return features some gorgeous singing by Marilyn, who sports a fabulous blonde wig and some amazing costumes," Morton said.

Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday feature is at Star Cinema on Wednesday, June 1 from 6.30pm.

Tickets for a single movie are at at Star Cinema’s regular prices. A double feature ticket costs $20 for adults.

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