Marilyn Monroe would be 86 years old today if she had survived the drug overdose that took her life. A photographer saw her the day before she died. Just months earlier he took some iconic swimming pool shots.
In honor of the anniversary, author Larry Schiller is opening up his archives including never-before-seen photos of the actress on display at an exhibit in New York. The photos are also published in two new books called "Marilyn and Me."
Lawrence Schiller talks with Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" and shares some of his stories of working with the iconic actress.
"Freaky Deaky" is the newest Elmore Leonard novel to be adapted to the screen, premiering this weekend at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. Like some other dark Lenard comedies, the story involves extortion and revenge, and is filled with quirky characters.
Soledad talks with director Charlie Matthau, the son of legendary actor Walter Matthau, and actor Crispin Glover who plays an alcoholic millionaire playboy in the film. She asks where the inspiration for the movie came from, and what it was like to work on a Leonard project.
Donald Sutherland talks about what attracted him to the movie "The Hunger Games."
People Magazine's Carlos Greer on celebrity culture and revelations in Whitney Houston's toxicology report.
Tyrese Gibson on the paperback release of "How to Get Out of Your Own Way" and responds to the Trayvon Martin story.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere on the timing and reaction to Oprah's interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Jessica Shaw, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, discusses the big winners at last night's Oscars ceremony.
Oscar nominated-actor Chazz Palminteri on what it's like to be nominated for an Academy Award.
TODAY'S STARTING POINT PLAYLIST
From Soledad's playlist, Citizen Cope's "Hurricane Waters" played on Starting Point today. Along with performing for his dedicated fan base, Citizen Cope, born Clarence Greenwood, has written music for Santana and Dido, among other artists.
Author and journalist Farai Chideya's playlist pick today was "Pumped Up Kicks" by indie pop/rock group Foster the People. The track was an unlikely hit, peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Romney adviser Brett O'Donnell's playlist included the Van Halen classic "Right Now", a 1991 track from their days with Sammy Hagar. The group just put out A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with original singer David Lee Roth in nearly thirty years.
Another track from Soledad's playlist today was "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" by salsa singer Celia Cruz. She was an extremely prolific artist– this song was from her 59th album, which was released in 2001 and was nominated for several Latin Grammys.
Another of Fairai Chideya's picks today was Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", a huge hit over the past year which recently won several Grammy awards including both Song and Record of the Year.
Radio host and politician J. D.Hayworth picked "Someday, Someway," which was a big hit for Marshall Crenshaw in 1981 off of his eponymous debut album.
The Huntsman Girls, the three oldest daughters of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, picked "Shake it Out," a popular track from Florence + the Machine's new album, Ceremonials.
Fairai Chideya's next pick was "We Found Love" by Rihanna. The song was Rihanna's eleventh song to top the Hot 100– tying her with Whitney Houston for seventh place all time.
Brett O'Donnell also picked "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls, which was one of the biggest radio hits ever, topping the airplay charts for eighteen weeks in 1998.
Finally, the Huntsman Girls round out the list with "Otis" from Jay-Z and Kanye West's recent collaboration album Watch the Throne. The song features vocals from Otis Redding, who died more than forty years ago.
"John Carter" director Andrew Stanton talks about the most important thing he learned working with Apple's Steve Jobs.