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I pinned this because my late husband, Adrian Reid, was fascinated by Cetshwayo. His play, John and the King of the Zulus, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4, one year after he died in 1986. "King of the Zulu Kingdom (1872 - 1879), Cetshwayo kaMpande, the last King of the Zulu Kingdom. Cetshwayo is remembered for his outstanding victory against the British Empire in the Battle of Isandlwana. The British Empire would ultimately defeat the Zulu Kingdom in the Anglo-Zulu War."
CELEBRITY OF THE DAY:Marilyn MonroeBorn on this date on June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans’ Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church. She owned 200 books (including Tolstoy, Whitman, Milton), listened to Beethoven records, studied acting at the Actors’ lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown. Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and put her in All About Eve (1950), resulting in 20th Century re-signing her to a seven-year contract. Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar.Quotes:“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am 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.”“I restore myself when I’m alone.”“A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe and leaves before she is left.“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and its better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.[[MORE]]“…I just want to be wonderful.” “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.”“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” “I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent. ” “Just because you fall once, doesn’t mean you’re fall at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always trust yourself, because if you don’t then who will?” TriviaWhen she died in 1962 at age 36, she left an estate valued at $1.6 million. In her will, Monroe bequeathed 75% of that estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach, and 25% to Dr. Marianne Kris, her psychoanalyst. A trust fund provided her mother, Gladys Baker Eley, with $5,000 a year. When Dr. Kris died in 1980, she passed her 25% on to the Anna Freud Centre, a children’s psychiatric institute in London. Since Strasberg’s death in 1982, his 75% has been administered by his widow, Anna, and her lawyer, Irving Seidman.Was named the Number One Sex Star of the 20th Century by Playboy magazine in 1999.She was discovered dead at her home at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, California. She had a phone in one of her hands, her body was completely nude and face down, on her bed.Her first modeling job paid only five dollars.Frequently used Nivea moisturizer.Ex-husband Joe DiMaggio put fresh roses at her memorial site, for numerous years after her death.Fearing blemishes and sweat, she washed her face fifteen times a day.She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.Thought the right side of her face was her “best” side.Married Arthur Miller twice: the 1st time in a civil ceremony, then in a Jewish (to which she had converted) ceremony two days later.Read more about Marilyn Monroe here![img src]