Artist&039;s Edition

Columbia Pictures
1438 Gower Street, Hollywood
(Now at Burbank Studios, 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank)

On March 9, 1948, two decades after her mother had worked there as a film cutter, studio chief Harry Cohn signed Marilyn to Columbia on a $125 per week six-month contract, on the recommendation of Fox chief Joseph M. Schenck. Although she only appeared in one film, Ladies Of The Chorus, her time there was significant. The first thing the studio did was remodel Marilyn’s hairline by using electrolysis to move it higher; they also peroxided her hair from ash blonde to Harlow platinum. More importantly, head of talent, Max Arnow, introduced Marilyn to drama coach Natasha Lytess, with whom she worked for seven years, and voice coach Fred Karger, referred to by many biographers as Marilyn’s first true love.

- The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor.