Interview: Astrid Franse, the owner of the Marilyn Monroe modeling archive

As you may recall, a year ago Classic Hollywood Central reported that a unique Marilyn Monroe archive was discovered in Holland. The archive used to belong to Emmeline Snively, the deceased owner of the Blue Book Modeling Agency and Marilyn’s former boss/confidante. Astrid en Ben Franse, who own a store called Bennies Fifties, found out they had a box containing the archive under their desk for twenty years. Classic Hollywood Central spoke with Astrid Franse about her unique find.

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The Studios

If you know anything about Hollywood during its Golden Age, you will know that the studios were the ones with all the power. They were in total control of the movies that were made, the people that were involved, the distributing process and the P.R.
But what do we really know about these omnipresent studios? Who were these so-called Big Five (the most powerful studio’s) and Little Three (the smaller studio’s)?
Classic Hollywood Central put together a list of the eight studios that ruled it all.

The Big Five


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 

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How Hollywood became Hollywood

Just saying the name ‘Hollywood’ brings up visions of movies, stars and glamour. But how did this iconic part of Los Angeles begin? Who made Hollywood what it is today? The answer is simple: H.J Whitley. Don’t be ashamed if this name doesn’t mean anything to you, most people don’t know the man who was nicknamed ‘The Father of Hollywood’. But the beginning of this important piece of land lies with him. Continue reading “How Hollywood became Hollywood”