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After the success of the short New York trip, Marilyn returned to Amagansett to enjoy the rest of the summer and rest. Unfortunately, her joy at being pregnant was short-lived, when on the morning of August 1, 1957, she collapsed in the garden whilst tending to her plants. Miller was in the house at the time and an ambulance was called.

Amagansett local Edward Damiecki was with the ambulance crew when they arrived at the Miller home, and afterwards he told his brother John that when they tried to put Marilyn on the stretcher, she spat in the driver’s face. This act was one of anguish and despair; having been bombarded with stories of ‘women’s problems’ by her foster family for many years, Marilyn was acutely aware that something was very wrong.

By the time the Millers and the doctor arrived at the hospital, Marilyn was covered from head to toe in a blanket, and in great pain. The townspeople of Amagansett gathered in the grocery store, and it was not long before they heard the news they dreaded; Marilyn had lost the baby.

It had been discovered that the foetus was growing in the fallopian tube, rather than the uterus, and in order to save the life of the mother, it was removed by an emergency operation. Marilyn’s doctor, Hilliard Dubrow, announced that she had been five or six weeks pregnant but it was too early to detect if the lost baby was a boy or a girl. He could see no further difficulties should she decide to try again.

In the hospital, Marilyn was devastated and in great pain, after needing a blood transfusion during the operation. On August 2, Miller released a statement that read in part, “Marilyn wants as many [children] as she can get. I feel the same way,” and then on August 10, she finally left the hospital, walking slowly and wearing the same pink dress she had worn during her appearance at the Time-Life Building. It was a distressing experience; footage is gut-wrenching to watch, and shows Marilyn in full make-up, smiling and making comments such as “I’m feeling wonderful” to waiting reporters. When asked what her future plans were, she answered, “I definitely still plan to have a large family. I’m going to rest, rest and more rest.” God only knows how quickly the smile fell from her face as the ambulance door finally closed.

- Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential by Michelle Morgan

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen plan pop-up with New York lifestyle store

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are teaming up with Lori Leven’s Love Adorned on a pop-up store.

The twin sisters chose their Elizabeth and James label, the contemporary womenswear brand they launched in 2007, for the joint venture. Mary-Kate and Ashley also helm high-end label The Row.

Love Adorned is a New York store that specialises in new and vintage jewellery as well as quirky homeware.

The first pop-up is now open in Amagansett in the Hamptons, New York, and runs through until the end of July (17). There will also be pop-up stores at Love Adorned’s Nolita, New York, and Santa Monica boutiques.

“The Elizabeth and James offering will be tailored for each location, and the curated vintage reflects what we have at our L.A. store,” Ashley told American Vogue. “For Amagansett, we chose items for casual weekends at the beach - our washed cotton tees, sweatshirts, sunglasses, and vintage kimonos. New York will focus on our knits, handbags, and a larger assortment of vintage, while Santa Monica will be geared towards gift options for the holidays.”

Lori has long been a fan of the Olsen’s work in fashion, and recalled visiting their store in retail complex The Grove in Los Angeles and being “struck by how natural it felt”.

And because Love Adorned stock very little clothing options, Lori thought the partnership made perfect sense.

“I thought it would be wonderful to offer our clients that casual elegance,” she smiled, adding: “A sense of discovery is very important. We try not to think about what our customers are going to like because then, you’re always reaching. Instead, we try to look inward and hope that people resonate with what we’re feeling.”

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