After Tweeting about the 1975 film, Goodbye Norma Jean, filmed at my father, Bill Williams, Palm Springs Estate, I received a very interesting Tweet from Henry Köhler.
Henry is the son of Carl Kohler, the artist who created this fascinating picture of Marilyn Monroe. After seeing the face of Monroe, I responded, by writing, "how perfect, since Monroe was so abstract herself.
Henry Kohler granted permission to use 'Marilyn Monroe' by his father Carl Köhler as part of the official show poster.
For more information about this painting and others please go to : http://www.carlkohler.com/
For more information on Norma Jeane the Musical http://www.
Filming of Goodbye Norma Jean at Maybelline Heir's estate in Palm Springs, 1975.
and keep the excitement in our marriage going.
He gave us the scene layout for the movie and I pictured the whole thing being shot at my dad's estate in Palms Springs. I showed him pictures of the grounds, and he said it looked like an old 1930's directors home: with its circular drive-way, rows of tall palm trees, fountains, wrought iron electric gates, Olympic size swimming pool, tennis court, 5 hole chipping green, Koi pond and stream running through it, as well as a guest house, 12 vintage cars and completely private. He was blown away and said he had to have it. I told him I'd ask my dad and get back to him.
The whole thing was such a high, that I never thought about Nana, Hot Springs, or the fortune hunter she ran off with at 74. After all, I was creating my own fantasy-life in which I was the star.
The Director let me cast all my friends and family as extras and a two day nonstop party was on. Twelve of my friends, cousin Chuck and Anne, plus Gene and I stayed at the estate we were married in, with it's 7 bedrooms and full time maid and cook, while my dad and his cousin Noel and Jean and girlfriend Ernie, stayed at the Casa. My dad actually had two estates a few blocks apart and the extravagance was off the charts.
More of the making Goodbye Norma Jean at the Casa tomorrow. Also read more in the Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind it.
Norma Jean Baker transforms into Marilyn Monroe at Casa Guillermo, 1975.
Stay tuned next weekend when Norma Jean morphs into, Marilyn Monroe, and walks through the grounds of beautiful Casa Guillermo.