In 1985 I was on holiday in Devon with my parents and brother, when I saw a photo of Marilyn wearing a gold dress and blowing a kiss to the camera. I had seen her many times before (and had recently watched River of No Return) but something about that particular photo intrigued me and I wanted to know more. That night I told my parents that I was going to buy a book about Marilyn, so that I could read it on the beach.
The next day we went into a town called Braunton, where we went every day to buy things for our picnic. Next door to the bakers was as a book shop and on this particular day I went in hoping to find a book about Marilyn. Thankfully they not only had a book, but it was one of the most well-respected biographies by Fred Laurence Guiles. I bought it; read it and the rest as they say, is history.
The reason I’m telling you this story, is because my brother and sister-in-law have recently returned from Devon and very kindly sent me a photo of the very shop where history was made. It is no longer a book shop but from the outside it is still exactly as I remember it. I even know where I found the Marilyn book – on a shelf adjacent to the window, almost exactly opposite the door! So here is the photo of the little shop where I bought my first ever Marilyn book. Who knows – maybe if they hadn’t stocked it; my life as a Marilyn student may never have started and I wouldn’t have written five books about her. Thank goodness for the person who decided to order that book… They had (and have) no idea just how much they changed my life that day!
(Photo copyright Wendy Finn. Please visit her website: www.miniyummers.com)