Marilyn and I (2019)

The story of the legendary Marilyn Monroe party thrown by jazz legend, Ray Anthony in 1952.


Phil Messerer


Phil Messerer


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Cast overview:
Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)
Ray Anthony ... Himself
Mickey Rooney ... Himself (archive footage)
Berry Gordy ... Himself


In 1952, Jazz Legend Ray Anthony threw a party for Marilyn Monroe. Over 50 press publications were invited resulting in some of the most famous photographs ever taken of Marilyn. 60 years later many of these amazing color photographs surfaced for the first time. Along with remastered 16mm color footage of the party, Marilyn and I captures a piece of Americana with Ray Anthony as its hero encompassing some 80 years of his life. At 18, Ray Anthony was playing trumpet in the Glenn Miller Band. In his 90's he is best friends with Hugh Hefner and regularly plays tennis with Berry Gordy (who gives a rare interview in this film). His is the story of America with some of its most legendary icons front and center. With a soundtrack that incorporates Ray's incredible Big Band career, Marilyn and I is a celebration of 20th century American culture and an ode to an artist that deserves his rightful place among the greats of his time. Written by Phil Messerer

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glenn miller | hugh hefner | See All (2) »


He waited a lifetime to tell his story.


Short | Biography | Music



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Release Date:

20 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The Sugar Factory See more »
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Did You Know?


The tennis match featured in the film in which a 95 year old Ray Anthony, an 88 year old Berry Gordy and an 87 year old Kieth Hefner battle it out at the Playboy Mansion was the last time the three would play together after 30 years of regular Saturday outings. Within a year after the film's completion, Keith Hefner died as well as Hugh Hefner himself - marking the end of an era. See more »


References Niagara (1953) See more »

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