Douglas E. Mirell, Laura A. Wytsma and Benjamin R. King,Loeb & Loeb LLP, Los Angeles, California for appellants andcross-appellees Anna Strasberg and Marilyn Monroe LLC.Theodore J. Minch, Sovich Minch LLP, McCordsville, Indi-ana, and William Weinberger, Parker, Milliken, Clark,O’Hara & Samuelian, Los Angeles, California for appellantand cross-appellee, CMG Worldwide, Inc.Surjit P. Soni, Leo E. Lundberg, Jr. and M. Danton Richard-son, The Soni Law Firm, Pasadena, California for appelleesand cross-appellants The Milton Green Archives, Inc. andTom Kelley Studios, Inc.
WARDLAW, Circuit Judge:An enduring American celebrity, Marilyn Monroe contin-ues to inspire both admiration and litigation a half-centuryafter her death.
At issue is whether appellants inherited a
Just within the past year, Monroe was the subject of both a majormotion picture,
My Week with Marilyn
, and a network television series,
. Numerous books tell and retell her life story and hypothesize abouther death. Several new books were released to coincide with the fiftiethanniversary of her death, and a Westlaw search yields 153 articles aboutMonroe that were published on the day of the anniversary of her death.Hip hop artist Nicki Minaj sings about her.
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Universal Republic Records2012). Plans have been announced for Monroe-themed cafes and nailsalons.
The Love Goddess Who Keeps Right onSeducing
, N.Y. Times, Aug. 5, 2012. And in the wake of deceased rapperTupac’s recent performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festi-val, there are even plans to resurrect Monroe as a holographic “performer,spokesperson, cultural pundit and computer avatar.” Eriq Gardner,
Holo-grams: A New Dangerous Frontier
, The Hollywood Reporter, June 8,2012.