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THR Real Estate Reporter Rings Up Memorable Lede

Before joining the Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Miller covered real estate for the Los Angeles Business Journal. It’s a beat he knows well, from Scientology historic to Brentwood garish.

This week, thanks to realtor Russ Filice, Miller was able to construct a most colorful opening paragraph. For an article, “Sierra Towers: The Secrets of L.A.’s Strange, Sexy Celebrity Condo Building,” that also reminds just how slickly Janice Min has revamped the once staid trade:

One day in the early 2000s, Filice gave a tour to Eddie Fisher, the former teen idol and singer, and his daughters  Tricia Leigh Fisher and Joely Fisher. The late entertainer’s brood wanted him to move into the 31-story West Hollywood high-rise, and the visit brought back memories for Fisher, former husband to both Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, then in his 70s.

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Marilyn Monroe Dress Sells at Auction for $4.6 Million

The white silk dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch sold for $4.6 million over the weekend, setting a record for movie memorabilia. And that isn’t including an additional one million for commission fees. The buyer of the iconic dress bid over the phone and remains unidentified, but there’s one thing we know for sure – we’re jealous as hell.

Monroe’s dress was one of hundreds of items from of Hollywood’s history that actress Debbie Reynolds had been collecting for decades, in the hopes of someday opening a Hollywood memorabilia museum. But that plan fell through, and Reynolds sold off her collection this past Saturday at an auction in Beverly Hills.

Other notable auction sales include Judy Garland’s dress from The Wizard of Oz for $910,000, and the ruby slippers for $510,000, and Audrey Hepburn’s ascot dress from My Fair Lady for $3.7 million. A full list of sales from the auction can be viewed here.

Previously on FBLA: Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Seven Year Itch Dress Up For Sale

Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Seven Year Itch Dress Up For Sale

The white halter dress that blew over Marilyn Monroe‘s head in The Seven Year Itch is being offered for sale by none other than actress Debbie Reynolds. The dress is part of an extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia, which Reynolds originally intended to turn into a museum. But after numerous false starts, the museum dream fell through, and now the 79-year-old is selling off her treasures in a Beverly Hills auction on June 18.

“Basically, what Debbie has is what’s left of Hollywood,” Profiles in History auction house president Joe Maddalena tells the New York Post.

The pending sale of Monroe’s famous white dress has moved a number of Hollywood history enthusiasts to start a campaign to rescue the garment from a life of obscurity in a private collection. The SAVE-THE-DRESS Project is attempting to raise funds to acquire the dress so that it can be placed on permanent, public display.

Leslie Nielsen, RIP

Famed comic actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday at a Florida hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

The Canadian-born actor is best known for his roles in the films Airplane! and The Naked Gun trilogy. The part in Airplane! proved to be pivotal for Nielsen, who had at that time built his career on dramatic roles. Airplane! provided an introduction for Nielsen as a comic force, as well as one of the most famous movie quotes of all time:

Robert Hays: “Surely you can’t be serious?”
Nielsen: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”



Nielsen’s career stretched over six decades. He got his start performing on live television in New York. He came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s and began working in film. His early work included Forbidden Planet, Tammy and the Bachelor with Debbie Reynolds, and most notably a role as ship captain in The Poseidon Adventure.

Nielsen’s more recent films include Spy Hard, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and Mr. Magoo.