Known as “Miami’s Marilyn” because of her resemblance to the iconic Ms. Monroe, 1950s and ’60s popular pinup model Maria Stinger followed her Doppelganger a little too closely, ending her life with a bottle of sleeping pills. Now, her granddaughter, filmmaker Christie Strong, is telling her story in Bombshell, a film she hopes to finance through crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
“Making this film is, in a way, a new beginning for me, a fresh start that my grandmother never allowed herself,” Strong says. “For years I’ve worked for men editing their projects and telling their stories; I spent three years at [Miami-based] Rakontur, where I worked on Cocaine Cowboys 2 and The U — real macho fare! — and now I feel like I’m finally using my own voice through the making of this film.”
Although her goal of $34K has two weeks to go, Strong says she has to tell the story come what may with Kickstarter.
“I believe wholeheartedly that the project is a vehicle to heal the past while launching my future career,” she says. “What’s amazing is that [fellow popular Miami-based pinup model turned photographer, 83-year-old] Bunny Yeager seems to recognize this. ... My grandmother was her best friend and greatest muse, and Bunny has really embraced me and what I’m doing.”
To help finance Strong’s film, go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/christiestrong/bombshell-the-life-and-death-of-a-pinup.
Brazilian-born artist Rubem Robierb and husband Sam Champion, weather anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, had much to celebrate Monday night at the SLS Hotel in South Beach: Robierb’s exhibit, “Bullet-fly Effect Series,” and Champion’s 52nd birthday on Tuesday.
South Florida friends joining the Miami-New York couple included WSVN co-anchor Craig Stevens, WTVJ Assistant News Director Chad Matthews, Broadway director Richard Jay-Alexander, events producer Edison Farrow and actor Kley Tarcitano.
You got game?
Casting call alert! The Price Is Right brings its national contestant search to South Florida on Sunday.
From 1-5 p.m. at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale beach, contestants can vie to be one of two semi-finalists from the South Florida market to be flown to Los Angeles. One is guaranteed a spot on Contestant’s Row.
Applicants must be 18 or older and legal U.S. residents. Rules can be found on www.priceisright.com.