A Marilyn Monroe Received Fan Letter

From the Personal Files of Marilyn Monroe:  A Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier received fan letter from 1958.


One page of business notepaper, dated “Tuesday Jan 14, 1958,” handwritten in black ballpoint ink to Laurence Olivier and later passed along to Marilyn Monroe by her co-star (as indicated by an attached sheet of paper reading “With the Compliments of Sir Laurence Olivier”).  The  fan letter expresses a Mr. C. Henry Crowther’s adoration of Marilyn Monroe in “The Prince and The Showgirl;” reading in part:

“I cannot express the joy and exhilarating uplifting when I see her, her radiant beauty, her wonderful hair… I gurgle, laugh, cry, clap, I am entranced she is so utterly lovely… I am overwhelmed, I’ve never seen anyone so lovely, she must be delightful to know, she looks so good… I could go on for hours… I would like to send her a present… to show my gratitude for the joy she has brought into my life…”

and continuing on in that fashion.

Olivier and Monroe clashed regularly while making this film, starting when Olivier, who also directed the movie, told Marilyn to “be sexy.”

Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier on the set of The Prince and The Showgirl.