World-renowned Marilyn Monroe lookalike launches photography exhibition in Bury St Edmunds
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An internationally-renowned Marilyn Monroe lookalike launched a unique photography exhibition of the Hollywood legend which has opened in Bury St Edmunds.
Suzie Kennedy, who has portrayed Monroe in films such as Bladerunner 2049 and the Oscar-winning Theory of Everything, welcomed visitors to the opening of Moyse’s Hall’s latest collection of rare vintage photographs and limited-edition prints.
As well as performing some of Monroe’s best loved songs outside the Apex during the afternoon on Saturday, June 2, special guests were also treated to a private performance in Moyse’s Hall on Saturday evening.
Highlights included a spellbinding performance of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and a special rendition of My Heart Belongs to Daddy with the help of deputy mayor Patrick Chung.
Situated in the historic surroundings of Moyse’s Hall in Bury’s town centre, the exhibition is a rare opportunity to explore portraits from Monroe’s early years as an aspiring actress and model through to her dazzling rise to international stardom.
Alongside works from photographic luminaries like Alfred Eisenstaedt, Philippe Halsman, Cecil Beaton, Bert Stern, André de Dienes, George Barris and Milton Greene, the collection also features one of Marilyn’s treasured personal possessions, which was displayed in the living room of her famous Brentwood home right up until her death in 1962.
Brian White, from Kudos Memorabilia, who are specialist Hollywood collectors, said: “Generally, Marilyn Monroe photographic exhibitions showcase a particular photographer, photographic society or magazine and therefore, by definition, cover a narrow subject range.
“Exclusive and privately curated collections like ours are routinely hidden away from the public, and so we regard this as a rare and valuable opportunity to view such a diverse and historic collection of Marilyn images.”
The exhibition has already attracted visitors from across the world with Marilyn fans travelling from as far afield as Russia to enjoy the collection, which runs until September 30.
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for children.