Jittery, she smoked and bit her nails until safely in the air when she removed the wig revealing blonde curls.It was Marilyn Monroe, then 28, en route to New York in the company of Look magazine photographer, Milton Greene, writes Elizabeth Winder writes in her upcoming book, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy.Hollywood’s sex kitten was leaving behind her broken marriage to baseball legend, Joe DiMaggio, her contract with Twentieth Century Fox, her agent, her acting coach, and a closet full of merry widow corsets that cinched in the waist and pushed up the breasts.She was chasing a dream to escape the Hollywood studio system and become a real actress.New York City and Milton Greene promised to fulfill the sought after dream with the creation of her own independent film company, Marilyn Monroe Productions (MMP).Marilyn Monroe (pictured in March 1955 In New York) left Los Angeles in November 1954 in hopes of her own independent film company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, in New York CityLook magazine photographer Milton Greene (left with Monroe in 1956) helped her get settled in New YorkMonroe fell in love with the city and it was her last chance to escape what was inevitable if she returned to Los Angeles: simply being a movie star.All the while she studied with the method acting master Lee Strasberg at his Actor’s Studio, surrounded by supportive friends.It was the first time in the actress’s life that she discovered personal fulfillment. Strasberg took her under his wing and coached her privately. ‘Far from Hollywood’s glitterati in a cold little [acting studio] room on West 46th Street, Marilyn had finally found her Shangri La.’Long walks throughout the city, visits to art galleries and theaters, and the close camaraderie of supportive friends, Monroe vowed never to return to Hollywood.When Monroe discovered Brooklyn with playwright, Arthur Miller, it became her Nirvana, ‘her true home’.’It’s my favorite place in the world,’ Monroe raved at the time.

Regional collaboration When the pandemic began, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council reached out to member settlement organizations in communities across the province to launch a communications task force. Justin Ryan, the organization training and development manager, said the restrictions of the pandemic forced his team to find new ways to reach newcomers. “Historically, they could rely on dropping in, visiting and talking to the people at the local settlement agencies, who had given them a lot of advice and guidance,” he said.

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