Staff Pick: Marilyn Monroe: The Actress at the Wexner Center

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From the July 5, 2012 edition

The Wexner Center is showing Marilyn Monroe movies, documentaries and a biopic in its film and video theater throughout July and August. I have a huge posthumous friend-crush on Monroe, so it’s not surprising that I recommend this series; however, the Wex’s lineup is particularly copacetic.

Friday is the first edition of the nine-night series. It really starts with a bang — one movie and two biographical installments in one night. On the bill are Monroe’s blockbuster “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” a selection of newsreels of the actress from the UCLA Film & Television Archive and “The Legend of Marilyn Monroe,” a 1966 documentary featuring interviews with friends, family and co-stars plus excluded scenes from some of her early movies.

Tickets to see the film features are $7, but go early (6 p.m.) and pay $18 for a ticket and samples of blonde beers from The Barrel & Bottle and Premium Beverage.

Credit: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox