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September 27, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Driven by love or something

Marilyn Monroe's 1956 Roadster Thunderbird convertible. (Screenshot oann.com/Julien's Auction handout)

Fast on the road to nowhere and everywhere.(oann.com/Julien’s Auction)

“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

About her car or herself?

Marilyn Monroe’s car goes up for auction in November. She would probably approve of the timing: “Designers always want me to dress like Spring in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.”

The 1956 Roadster Thunderbird convertible was hers during her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. Shortly before her death in 1962, she gave it to the son of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg. It was sold in 2016 as part of Strasberg’s estate. Now restored, the car still has many original parts, so it is collectible for multiple reasons.

Ever wonder if the reason she gifted the car is that she had rekindled a relationship with the baseball player and previous husband Joe DiMaggio?

There were rumors of spousal abuse during their brief marriage. Her divorce papers claimed “mental cruelty”. Afterwards, DiMaggio stopped drinking, went into therapy, and developed interests other than baseball. Hollywood claimed they were about to remarry.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio kissing when married on Jan.1954, Macfadden pub. (USPD. no cr notice, pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio married on Jan.1954.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Baseball and diamonds seem to be a volatile mix. 

Astros Roberto Osuna Agrees to Peace Bond, Assault Charge Withdrawn (Canada Live News)

“Understanding Osuna: Why the criminal charges were dropped (Forbes)

In May, Osuna still partially in a Blue Jays baseball uniform, was arrested for punching and throwing his girl friend/mother of his child down the stairs. There were injuries. Facial injuries. Security video was brutal.

Osuna, native of Mexico, said repeatedly he would plead “not guilty” and that nobody knew the whole story and we would hear it all in court. We were so anxious to do so. Now, so disappointed.

The girlfriend, Román Cota also Mexican, refused to return from Mexico to testify. (Maybe she was persuaded that if he was convicted, possibly block from reentry into the US by Immigration, not able to continue playing baseball, there would be little or no money from him to help her or her child. The Astros have won another 2nd AL West Division Championship. On to Fall’s post season and the lucrative World Series run.)

The Court said without her testimony, they could not prove the case. Toronto Det. Vivian Meik, said she told him she “had no fears for her safety and wanted to resume contact and parenting responsibilities with Osuna.”

The Toronto prosecution withdrew the charge against him in exchange for a one-year agreement he stay away from the mother of his child and continue counseling. (Of course, if they are not in Canada, will that protective order be honored/enforced?)

A little background – which may or may not indicate potential for future problems:

  • “In the interview, Osuna took it a step further by suggesting that if he was American (he is a native of Mexico) he feels that he would be viewed differently.” source (What? Perception is everything.)
  • “He also said that he became emotionally upset when a spectator in Oakland shouted slurs about his mother. “You can say anything you want to me,’’ Osuna said. “None of what you say will hurt me because I know what happened. But don’t talk about my mom. I might lose my mind one day if you try to say something to my mom. She has nothing to do with this.” source (??? So don’t talk about mom or he might lose his temper and do what? Respond violently? OK to hit girlfriends, but talk about mom and you’ll get pounded?)
  • According to his lawyer: “Roberto Osuna’s lawyer speaking about the word “remorseful” that was used by the Astros in reference to their new reliever: “My client is not remorseful of being guilty of any criminal activity,” Basile said Wednesday. “He’s obviously remorseful of the circumstances.” source (Word choice is important.)

Diamonds may not always be a girl’s best friend.

Marilyn Monroe In Evening gown. 1957 in "The Prince and the Showgirl" promo shot. (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Arthur Miller wouldn’t have married me if I’d been nothing but a dumb blond.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

What would Marilyn say? 

“As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart..”

“A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.”  (Marilyn Monroe from her autobiography, My Story)

Hope the girl at least got a car

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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  1. Kate Crimmins / Sep 27 2018 6:56 am

    Nothing much changes, does it?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2018 10:15 am

      Sadly, a classic tale – a universal one I guess. A bit disturbing the selective outrage by certain women’ groups. But then, maybe they are bigger sports fans/celebrity supporters. Love the car, though…just not enough pennies in the jar for it. Thanks for driving a comment this way.

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  2. shoreacres / Sep 27 2018 7:00 am

    Shows you what I know. I had no idea Osuna had been taken on by the Astros. Of course, I’m mostly still in the days of Biggio and Bagwell, so there’s that. I keep getting surprised by new names that I ought to know, especially after last year’s great run.

    Now, Marilyn Monroe and DiMaggio, I know. Even at their worst, they were more interesting than some of our current star-crossed lovers (or is that just plain cross lovers?). Isn’t there an old saying about hell having no fury like a celebrity denied access to the cameras?

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    • shoreacres / Sep 27 2018 7:01 am

      Wow– you’re a special one! Since 8:15 last night, most of my comments have been thrown into spam, but this went through. Either Akismet finally found the answer to the problem, or your blog’s just more welcoming than most!

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2018 7:26 am

        More like that famous Hole-in-the-wall of Wyoming. Welcome and glad you found the trail (WP is tinkering again – getting ready for the big one…)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 27 2018 10:39 am

      We have elderly relatives and family who pay attention, so we have to be able to hold conversation at an some level. HAHA
      Now those were the days…you missed the early season where the Astros had a rage-aholic with no self control in the clubhouse throwing things. Not only a bad sport, poor model for young fans, but possibly risking an injury to real players. All happy when he was traded – but for this one?
      Look, another example why immigration reform is needed…we have enough violent batterers that are already here/citizens so I don’t see how he qualifies for a critical need work permit visa – especially just a hint of spousal abuse back home qualifies an immigrant woman for immediate entry at the border.
      Twilight World in so many ways today.
      As Marilyn said “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” (The more I stumble across her words, the more I like her…but I think a few have taken her words to heart and have gone waaaay too far out into the ozone believing their own press…)
      Sigh. Classic Hollywood – and the studio star system – made them shine so much brighter to the public. Elegance, mystery, aloof (but we all knew about the casting couch situation – even I Love Lucy shows used it for comedy plots. That’s why moms said “No, you are not going to Hollywood”, right?)
      Thanks for pitching a great comment

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  3. Curt Mekemson / Sep 27 2018 12:45 pm

    Strike three, I would think: One, you punch a woman, two, you throw her down the stairs, three, she is the mother of your child. He should be out! But it looks like they will let him walk. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 7:44 pm

      More important to have a gladiator on a sports team than to stand for decency. Too bad Canadian law isn’t like this state’s law – if there is evidence of abuse, the DA is to bring charges even if the victim refuses to cooperate or testify. Baseball’s done for me.
      Thanks for batting more than an average comment this way

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      • Curt Mekemson / Oct 5 2018 12:40 pm

        And often abuse victims refuse to testify…

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 5 2018 12:45 pm

          Especially if their future is shaky or uncertain without the batterer supplying money. Would be quite a dilemma for her. Local police said the damage to her was brutal and terrible. Without a support/safety net, and pressure as he was a huge star in Mexico and even given national honors, hope she has those who can watch over her. Her son is probably safe.

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          • Curt Mekemson / Oct 9 2018 10:08 am

            Ever so slowly, we seem to be making progress, as the me-too movement demonstrates. Fame and power don’t provide the same protection and license they once did.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 12:20 pm

            Put not your faith in Movements? Judging from the past, only leads to frustration, annoyance or despair. So many Movements have been hijacked for other purposes by those who grab the reins.
            Until people go back to seeing all individuals as worthy of respect and having value no matter who or what or how they are, I won’t call it progress..
            Where’s that “we are woman – hear me roar” strength of individuals? Having worked in male dominated fields all my life, and stood eyeball to eyeball with so called power brokers, I have little patience for women who rant they want equal treatment as men, yet when treated like a man would be, revert back to delicate flower who must be sheltered and protected. Grow up and stand up for yourself or go home and hide behind the grocery cart.
            The casting couch in Hollywood was not a secret – it’s why mothers wouldn’t let their daughters go to Hollywood – even showed up in multiple movie plots – even “I love Lucy” shows. Stupid wimpy “I can’t do it on my own, I must have sisters supporting me…” UGH.Get real. Take care of business as it comes up.
            And don’t revert to “cute” when trying to make a serious point and appear intelligent and logical…those silly pink hats just put women back into the little girl role – not that as serious strong advocate and worthy opponent…shiny trinket to attract followers – attractive fodder for those seeking to hype up emotion and use a large groups’ numbers for their own purposes.
            Maybe it’s just growing up west of the Mississippi that gave women I know the tradition of strength and personal responsibility …more Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, Sacagawea, Bonnie Parker,Belle Starr, and Jane Long rather than china cup tea parties back East. (Sorry for blurting it all out, but gitten’ purdy tired of all the “get the smelling salts, she’s done gone a-faintin’poor little thing”)
            We have to stop reinventing the wheel.

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          • Curt Mekemson / Oct 9 2018 12:53 pm

            Shoot the bastard? 🙂

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 2:30 pm

            Weeell, let’s see if he can dance, partner. Or maybe a little visit behind the woodshed with some interested family members would have an impact.
            Heigh-ho Silver, away. (Buttermilk always looked a little pudgy HAHA)

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          • Curt Mekemson / Oct 12 2018 4:39 pm

            And Trigger was stuffed. Don’t think Buttermilk was.

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  4. Spinster / Sep 27 2018 1:41 pm

    Yes… thank you, Toronto. Disgusting that this phenomenon still exists today. Way to go, patriarchy.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 7:48 pm

      If only the woman would agree to testify, then the court was ready to try and charge him (not too tough a case with the video?) Being convicted would have kept him out of baseball, raised red flags for visa/immigration..guess they told her, he wouldn’t have any money to send to her and their son. It is sad and discouraging
      Wish a few protesters would turn their gaze towards ordinary domestic violence…there’s enough protesters to be n several places you would think.
      Thanks for supporting the Toronto fans. (The ones here are not real happy we traded off a rageaholic for a wife beater)

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  5. ShimonZ / Sep 30 2018 1:28 am

    She was an inspiration… and the car was just right for her…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 7:49 pm

      It had to have been built with her in mind! (The more I read about her in her words, the more modern she seems)
      Thanks for parking a comment here

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  6. RKLikesReeses / Sep 30 2018 1:16 pm

    ::sigh:: People can be incredibly and stupidly cruel.

    Marylin Monroe – one in a billion. Trying to imagine how she’d’ve dealt with today’s online world. Yow.

    VERY cool car!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 7:51 pm

      Somehow she seems very modern when reading her own words. A tragic life and loss
      Thanks for driving a comment this way (Hope you/princesses are doing OK – will check in shortly)

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