25 Marilyn Monroe Facts About Her Life and Career

Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. A true 1950s icon, fans are still enamored today by Marilyn Monroe’s timeless beauty and charisma.

Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.

But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.

So to celebrate the fascinating life of the world’s best-loved blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite ‘Marilyn moments’…

1) Marilyn loved to read literature

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Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. 

2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name

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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.

Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn” in reference to Marilyn Miller, a woman who starred in musicals in New York. When it came to choosing a last name, Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!

3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5

If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”

4) She married her first husband at 16

Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.

“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”

5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work

In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.

6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller

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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller.  The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was simply using Marilyn as his muse.

Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:

“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”

7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws

In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.

Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of Ella’s shows for a week!

8) Monroe was definitely a dog person

Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!

9) She entertained army troops

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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”

Sherman added:

“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”

10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio

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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.

11) She was notorious for always being late

Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to time keeping, Marilyn’s was certainly an issue. The star was often known to be running late!

12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys

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Though the topic has been debated over the years, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.

One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”

13) Marilyn longed to have children

Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.

14) And she was very intelligent

Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.

15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her

Somewhat bizarrely, Playboy‘s founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape Playboy into the publication that it became.

16) She struggled with her weight

Though her hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural body shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”

17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra

Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.

James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.

Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.

18) She shared out her estate

Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.

19) Happy Birthday, Mr President

Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!

Of course, this performance fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.

20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga

Decades before doing yoga became an Instagram necessity, Monroe was a fan of doing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.

21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!

Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.

In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

22) Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn

Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.

23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged

Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA…scary stuff indeed!

24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans

The original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!

25) Lastly, the ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….

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Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become an iconic phrase through the decades!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best Marilyn Monroe facts and moments from over the years. We’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.

Our Marilyn Monroe Room


We always have a wide range of special offers available to make your stay truly unforgettable! To enquire further or to book your stay in the heart of Liverpool, simply give our team a call on 0151 236 0166.

Female Movie Stars: Our Favourite Leading Ladies of Hollywood

At Arthouse Hotel, some of our favourite rooms are those dedicated to films featuring iconic female movie stars and leading ladies of Hollywood.

From Audrey Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe, our hotel is an accolade to some of the best movies from the silver screen and the famous females that starred in these classics.

Whether you love a good sing-a-long with Julie Andrews or revel in the magical mystery of the land of Oz, Arthouse Hotel is sure to have a room you’ll love.

Here are some of the most celebrated leading ladies from our film themed rooms, which are your favourites?

Our Favourite Female Movie Stars

Julie Andrews

One of the most iconic and loved women of our time, Julie Andrews is an English singer, actor and author.

Famed for her perfect pitch and impressive vocal range, she is most known for her roles in Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in October 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, her mother Barbara was a professional pianist who was married to a woodwork teacher.

Andrews hit fame after starring in Broadway musicals My Fair Lady in 1956, playing Eliza Doolittle, and Camelot in 1960, playing Queen Guinevere.

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But it was in 1964 that she made her first film debut as Mary Poppins and shot to stardom. Andrews won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her amazing performance as the beloved governess, making her one of our favourite female movie stars.

Following this she was snapped up by 20th Century Fox for the film that would crystallise both the fame and the image she had gained with Poppins.

Her performance as Maria Von Trapp in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music ensured Andrews’ status as one of the few British actors truly to conquer America.

Julie Andrews became both a gay icon, a family favourite and has remained an international treasure.

She was also made a Dame in 1999 and we love her so much, there are two rooms dedicated to her fabulous work!

The Sound of Music Room

Our beautiful Sound of Music room is a stunning tribute to arguably the greatest musical of all time.

Based on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Sound of Music changed musicals and movies forever.

This heart-warming story of Maria, who accepts a job to become a governess to a large family and falls in love with the children and their widowed father, captured the nation’s imagination.

The Sound of Music was the highest-grossing film of 1965 and by 1966 the film became the highest grossing film of all time, surpassing Gone with the Wind and breaking box office records in 29 countries.

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This luxurious room, which offers a large screen TV and a kitchenette, will make you feel like a Hollywood star as you indulge in a relaxing double Jacuzzi bath, providing a truly enjoyable stay at our themed hotel.

You can guarantee the Sound of Music inspired rooms will capture your heart as much as the 1965 musical. Sleeping up to 6 people, it’s the perfect room for anyone who loves Julie Andrews.

Mary Poppins Room

Or, if you’re more of a fan of Julie Andrews when she was ‘practically perfect in every way’, book a stay in the magical Mary Poppins suite.

The fantastical tale of Mary Poppins tells the story of one amazing nanny, who transforms family life for George Banks and his children through song, dance and sheer magic.

Marry Poppins Room

Tumble into your very own chalk painted dream and fall in love with this whimsical and wonderful Poppins themed accommodation.

The room sleeps up to 6 people and features unique Poppins murals, a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, you will never want to leave our movie-themed hotel in Liverpool.

Marilyn Monroe

An actress, model and sex symbol of the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was an icon of her time.

Best remembered for her glamour, charm and perhaps the most sensual rendition of ‘happy birthday’ of all time, Monroe was the lead star in numerous blockbuster films.

But behind the camera lens, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just the effervescent actress who played the comic ‘dumb blonde’ characters, she was shy, clever and modest.

A hopeless romantic, Monroe was perpetually in search of love and desperate to start a family of her own, a far cry from the ditsy blonde that lit up the silver screen.

Born and raised in Los Angeles as Norma Jeane, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.

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She married at the age of just sixteen and began working in a radio plane factory in 1944, as part of the war effort. Whilst there she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modelling career.

She signed a contract with Fox in 1951 and over the next two years, she became a popular actress with roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood female movie stars, with leading roles in the noir Niagara and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

In 1955, she starred in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch. Following this she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Some Like It Hot. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits in 1961.

During her short life, Monroe struggled with anxiety, depression and the fact she was always type cast as a ‘sex symbol’.

Sadly on August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles.

To this day, Monroe has been celebrated for her beauty and talent as an actress and icon.

Marilyn Diptych Room

Instead of celebrating the blonde bombshell’s films, we decided to showcase one of the most iconic and famous portraits of the actress, Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’.

Echoing the beauty and sparkle of Marilyn Monroe, this room captures Warhol’s artistic vision, transporting you into the colourful world of pop art.

Completed in 1962, Warhol’s silkscreen painting the Marilyn Diptych is one of his most infamous and influential works.

Following Marilyn’s death in 1962, Warhol began a four month artistic journey, creating over twenty silkscreen paintings of the engaging American star.

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Warhol’s creation was based on one publicity photograph of Marilyn, taken for the film Niagara in 1953.

Warhol’s vision for the piece was inspired by the themes of death and the cult of celebrity, both of which Marilyn had become renowned for. Alluding to the media whirlwind and her mortality, Warhol created a fusion of these elements using a vivid contrast of colour combined with a fading effect.

The repetitive image of Marilyn’s face is thought to reflect her incomparable media presence, while the contrast of colours reminds viewers that while Marilyn’s bright and vibrant status may have felt perpetual, her mortality meant that she would always fade away.

Sleeping up to 4 guests without compromising on quality and style, this stylish suite is ideal for those interested in the life of Monroe and the glamour of the 50s and 60s.

Audrey Hepburn

One of Hollywood’s greatest style icons known for her beauty, elegance and grace, Audrey Hepburn was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female movie star of Golden Age Hollywood.

A philanthropist, humanitarian and talented performer, she was born on 4th May 1929, in Brussels, Belgium and spent most of her childhood moving between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

She studied ballet from a young age which led to her performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

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When she was 22 years old, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.

Following this, she shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday in 1953, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.

She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun’s Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

As her life went on Hepburn appeared in fewer films, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

My Fair Lady Room

An enchanting blend of comedy, romance and singalong hits, My Fair Lady is a timeless masterpiece that fans continue to adore today.

Visually striking with an infamous score, the revival of the stage production brought the dazzling costumes and colourful sets to the big screen.

It tells the story of a young girl’s transformation from a working-class Cockney to a high society Victorian lady. Eliza Doolittle, played by Hepburn agrees to lessons from phonetics Professor Henry Higgins, who works with Eliza on her speech to improve her job prospects.

However, it doesn’t take long for their budding relationship to escalate into a complicated love triangle. Higgins finds himself besotted with Eliza, but only after she’s been swept off her feet by an aristocratic suitor.

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Capturing the spirit of one of the best loved musicals of all time, our My Fair Lady room is truly something special.

Sleeping up to six guests, the My Fair Lady room radiates character and charm reflective of the classic musical and celebrates one of the greatest female movie stars. Featuring a luxurious kitchenette, opulent fittings and a flat screen TV, the film’s qualities are certainly reflected in this magical hotel room.

Judy Garland

Renowned for her contralto vocals and youthful glow, Judy Garland was an American singer, actress and vaudevillian.

She attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.

Born as Frances Ethel Gumm in June 1922, Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. Signed by MGM, she made more than two dozen films with them, including nine with Mickey Rooney.

However, in 1939, Judy shot immediately to stardom with The Wizard of Oz, in which she portrayed Dorothy, an orphaned girl living on a farm in the dry plains of Kansas who is whisked off to the magical world of Oz on the other side of the rainbow.

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Her poignant performance and sweet delivery of her signature song, ‘Over The Rainbow’, earned Judy a special juvenile Oscar statuette on 29 February 1940 for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor.

Following this, she continued to star in successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948) until she was released from the studio.

Judy went on to make record-breaking concert appearances, a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series.

In later years, her film appearances became fewer only starring in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgement at Nuremberg (1961). At 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry.

From an early age, Garland struggled with the pressures of adolescent stardom and her self-image, which was constantly under the spotlight. Throughout her life, she married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce.

Sadly Judy had a long addiction with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.

Still celebrated today, Judy Garland was one of the greatest female movie stars with one of the most unique voices of our time.

Wizard of Oz Room

The Wizard of Oz is undoubtedly a timeless classic, notable for its innovative use of technicolor, this amazing film captured imaginations all over the world.

An iconic film in popular culture, it won Oscars for Best Original Song with Over the Rainbow and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.

Our stunning Wizard of Oz room makes the most of the characters that delighted it’s audiences, with an amazing picture of Dorothy and her friends on the ceiling.

Featuring plush champagne interiors, a stylish kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d expect from a room inspired by the magical musical.

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Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.

If you love singing along to classic musicals, check out Mulholland Singing Diner. A unique American style diner with waiters who sing all your favourite tunes, come along and belt out some of your favourite hits from the movies. 

If you enjoyed our marvellous round up of the best female movie stars of Hollywood, why not book a stay in our magical movie-themed hotel and be transported back to the golden era of film.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team today to book a stay worthy of Hollywood. 

Book the Best Weekend Breaks in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel

Time for a holiday? Why not book one of the best weekend breaks you’ve ever had in Liverpool using one of Arthouse Hotel’s latest offers.

Stay in the centre of the city, close to all the top bars and restaurants and really enjoy a group getaway in style, for a little less than expected.

Take a look at the best weekend breaks available to book now at Arthouse Hotel.

The Show Must Go On

A popular saying in show business and the perfect name for our latest Arthouse Hotel offer, The Show Must Go On.

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Check into your movie-themed hotel suite to a welcome party package of themed balloons, banners and bubbly.

Enjoy a fabulous two-course meal in Alma de Cuba on one evening of your stay, and your choice of wine tasting or cocktail masterclass.

Then to round things off and keep you all entertained, a professional dance class has been arranged, provided by a talented dance instructor.

The best weekend breaks in Liverpool involve tasty food, plenty of drinks and a fun activity or two to keep you busy.

Better still this superb two-night stay is just £230 per person based on 6 or more sharing.

She’s All That

You may or may not have seen the movie She’s All That, but the basic breakdown is a pretty girl who’s “in need of a makeover”gets one then gets the guy.

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Our She’s All That Offer is the best weekend break in Liverpool for the girls. The offer includes a welcome party package of Prosecco, balloons, banners and cupcakes, two fabulous evening meals and an invite to a private cocktail masterclass.

Better still our team at The Salon will come to give you and the girls that all-important makeover. Styling your hair and applying professional makeup, making you look your very best for an unforgettable girl’s night out in Liverpool.

Book this sensational two-night break in Liverpool for just £260 per person based on 6 or more sharing.

The Star Treatment

Check out how the other half live by booking yourselves one of the best weekend breaks in Liverpool using our Star Treatment package.

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This all-inclusive offer basically gives you your own personal PA for the stay, as we pre-arrange afternoon tea and meal reservations at your choice of Signature Living restaurant and a private cocktail masterclass.

Your luxury hotel room will be pre-decorated with themed balloons and banners, we’ll even provide a little hired help to be on hand and serve you and your guests chilled Prosecco on arrival.

What more could you ask for on your VIP weekend away in Liverpool than this exclusive Star Treatment offer? Only £245 per person, based on 6 or more sharing.

The Full Monty Package

Taking care of everything so you don’t have to The Full Monty delivers all you could want or need on a short break in Liverpool.


Enjoy a two night stay in a large and luxurious city centre hotel room, including evening meals or breakfast on both days.

Your room will be decorated with a themed party package including delicious cupcakes and chilled bubbly. Plus a handy Butler will be ready to wait on you and your guests for the evening.

This is the perfect offer for groups of guests who’ve come to Liverpool to sample the amazing nightlife and famous culture, or even partake in some retail therapy.

The Full Monty offer makes sure you have all you need during your stay, so you can spend time enjoying the stunning city of Liverpool. Book The Full Monty offer for just £205 per person.

At Arthouse Hotel

A wonderfully whimsical hotel experience in the thriving heart of the city’s best nightlife district, Arthouse Hotel provides guests with easy access to everything Liverpool is famous for.

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The best bars and clubs are all within short walking distance, with Liverpool ONE and Bold Street nearby for shopping and all the top places to eat in the city.

Book yourself and your friends one of the best weekends away in Liverpool, using one of our latest hotel offers by calling 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

COMPETITION: Win Tickets to See Fame The Musical

Calling all Fame the Musical fans! We have teamed up with the Liverpool Empire Theatre to offer you an amazing competition.

Enter today and you, plus three friends could win the chance to see Fame The Musical and stay in one of our luxury movie-themed suites at Arthouse Hotel!

Be in with a chance of watching one of the best Broadway productions at Liverpool’s best theatre and stay in the city’s only movie-themed hotel.

What are you waiting for?

WIN 4 TICKETS TO SEE FAME THE MUSICAL!

The winner of this fabulous prize will receive FOUR tickets to see Fame The Musical at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on the opening night, Monday 11 March at 7.30pm.

You can also enjoy the rest of your evening with a luxurious overnight stay in one of our stunning movie-themed suites, sleeping four guests, on the evening of the show.

To enter this amazing competition, simply SHARE our Facebook post and TAG 3 friends you’d like to take to the show!

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A scene from Fame The Musical Tour | Credit: Tristram Kenton | Source: Liverpool Empire Theatre

The winner will be announced on Friday 8 March and will be contacted by direct message. Entrants must be able to attend the show on Monday 11 March at 7:30pm.

The prize is non-transferrable and as stated and no cash or other alternative will be offered. No purchase necessary.

So, remember to enter and simply SHARE our Facebook post and TAG 3 of your friends!

A Musical Sensation, FAME!

Based on the 1980 classic pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash-hit sensation taking the stage by storm. The phenomenal production follows the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through highs and lows, romances, heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.

The show explores the bittersweet moments and uplifting triumphs that confront many young people today, including identity, prejudice, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse, pride and perseverance.

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A scene from Fame The Musical Tour | Credit: Tristram Kenton | Source: Liverpool Empire Theatre

This wonderful production features a star-studded cast of Keith Jack from Any Dream Will Do and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Me Tender, Chicago and Mama I Want to Sing star Mica Paris, and Jorgie Porter of Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice.

The show also features the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars.

Since it’s opening show on Broadway in 1988, Fame The Musical has enjoyed seven West End runs and continues to be one of the best loved musicals across the world. Fame The Musical will indeed live forever!

A Musical Movie-themed Hotel

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After you’ve enjoyed the smash-hit Fame The Musical, it’s time to head back to your luxurious movie-themed hotel room at Arthouse.

Bringing the classics back to life, this unique hotel offers a quirky and unforgettable hotel experience in the heart of Liverpool.

Each plush room is themed to an individual movie, with tributes to some of the best musicals of all time within our walls.

From Dirty Dancing to The Wizard of Oz; our themed rooms are uniquely designed to take your breath away.

To enter this amazing competition, simply SHARE our Facebook post and TAG 3 friends you’d like to take to the show!

If you’re not lucky enough to win this prize, why not check out our hotel offers page and find an amazing deal to suit you. Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to arrange your visit, or to find another exciting movie themed hotel room for your luxury Liverpool stay at Arthouse Hotel.

The 7 Best Moments from Dirty Dancing

With its cult following and never-ending appeal, Dirty Dancing is up there with some of the best feel-good films in movie history. We’ve all seen it more times than we can count on both hands and will continue to rely on its fab 80s soundtrack to cheer us up and will never stop trying to re-enact that famous lift.

Without further ado, here are our best moments from Dirty Dancing that we still love to this day!

1. “Come Here, Lover Boy”

We’re jumping straight into the saucy stuff. It’s that famous scene after we are reunited with the lovebirds the morning after a night in Johnny’s cabin. Wit woo!

There’s nothing quite like cha-cha-ing away in the dance studio with your new secret fella while all the other guests – including your parents – enjoy some extremely family-friendly lawn dancing and a spot of volleyball outside. G’wed.

Did you know this scene was completely improvised? Patrick and Jennifer were caught warming up for the scene and were just messing around when the director decided it would make the cut.

2. Johnny Setting the Record Straight

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…and also providing us with one of the most quotable lines in cinematic history.

3. *That* Lake Scene

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Not only do they have dance practice in the middle of a lake, but the valuable lesson of balance and core strength is taught by dancing on a tree trunk which has very conveniently fallen at a height next to a very picturesque meadow.

4. The Sacred Bridge of Secrecy

Carrying the ever-growing entity that is Baby’s womanhood and confidence? Your bridge could NEVER! This bridge serves not only as a backdrop to some secret solo dance practices, but also provides the catwalk for some of the finest outfits Kellerman’s Resort has ever seen.

5. Where’s Lisa’s Beige. Iridescent. Lipstick?

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Props to Lisa for branching out into some of the most avant-garde makeup lewks that conservative holiday resort has experienced thus far. Iconic.

6. Baby Carrying Loads of Random Objects

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The watermelon. The endless weight of her parent’s expectations. A…live…chicken?

7. THE LIFT

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we are waiting for every time we watch this film. It never gets old! Every time, we find ourselves fretting over whether they’ll make it or not.

How will this go down? Will she forget everything he’s taught her? Wait…is he gonna drop her?

But then it happens, and it’s still the best feeling ever. Cue us shout-singing Time of Your Life and crying into our popcorn.

Shake Your Stuff at Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch

Every Saturday from 9th March ‘til 31st August, you’ll have the chance to have the time of your life and become Liverpool’s very own Baby at Mulholland’s Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch in Liverpool! Sittings are at 1pm and 4pm, with unlimited drinking (and food platters filled with much more than watermelons!) for 90 minutes.

Plus, you’ll get the chance to do some Dirty Dancing of your own, whilst live performers bring the much-loved movie to life. Grab your chance to recreate that famous lift here!

Love movies like we do? Read our roundup of the best movie princesses of all time. 

“Oh, come on, ladies. God wouldn’t have given you maracas if he didn’t want you to shake ’em!”

Places to Drink in Liverpool this Summer: Arthouse Hotel Bar Terrace

Come the sunnier months, there’ll be plenty of parched people looking for the best places to drink in Liverpool. Where they can also soak up some of that rare British sunshine and enjoy balmy summer evenings outdoors.

Luckily Arthouse Hotel is looking forward to opening their very own outdoor bar terrace, in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks district.

Enjoy Summertime Drinking in Liverpool

All you really need when it comes to summertime drinking in Liverpool is the ever-allusive sun to be shining and something cold to keep you refreshed.

Of course, Arthouse Hotel will be bringing a whole lot more to the table.

Think twinkling canopies of fairy lights shimmering in the late summer sun, comfortable seating to recline and relax, drink in hand, and a hot soundtrack of laidback summertime vibes.

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Setting up camp outside the glamourous movie-themed hotel, the latest addition to Arthouse Hotel’s social venues will take advantage of a truly unique location. Sandwiched between glistening glass buildings daylight will shine on the concrete courtyard all day long.

Perfect for capturing the last of the day’s rays before sunset, Arthouse Hotel’s new outdoor terrace will be among the best places to drink in Liverpool come summer time 2019.

In & Around the Ropewalks

Part of the charm of the Ropewalks district is the concentration of places to drink in Liverpool, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants all of which are within a moments’ walk of each other.

You can pick up delicacies from around the world at places like Evissa and Luche Libre, or pop in for a taste of South American cuisine from Alma de Cuba.

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Alma de Cuba main course

There’s also plenty of places to retreat indoors when things get later and darker.

Head to Alma de Cuba to see the famous petal drop and Voodoo show, make yourselves comfy in Heebie Jeebies where laidback Rnb soundtracks and trendy crowds await. Or you could explore a little further afield to clubs like Circo or upstairs at Peacocks, for late night dance tunes and live DJs.

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Upstairs at Peacocks

Either way, Arthouse Hotel’s outdoor terrace will soon become one of the best places to drink in Liverpool during summertime, a favourite among other great beer gardens around the city.

Staying in Arthouse Hotel

Firmly established as the best movie-themed hotel in Liverpool, Arthouse Hotel has become the most popular place to stay in the heart of the city for a great night out on the town.

Its location puts guests within easy reach of the most popular bars, clubs and restaurants in Liverpool guaranteeing an unforgettable stay for every occasion.

The spacious group hotel rooms and suites come complete with their own individual movie themes, inspired by classic thrillers like Hitchcock’s Psycho and magical musicals such as Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Rocky Horror Room

What’s more, Arthouse Hotel boasts one of the city’s most popular penthouse pool rooms, the Skyline Suites, giving guests striking views across the lofty rooftops of Liverpool city centre.

These superb rooms also boast private bars, separate sleeping spaces and accessible balconies for the perfect all-night party, high above the busy streets of Liverpool’s bustling nightlife.

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Call and book your stay to pay a visit to this amazing movie-themed hotel on 0151 236 0166, or check out our exclusive accommodation offers. You’ll get to see where Liverpool’s latest outdoor terrace will be opening this summer, making you want to book your next visit for later in the year.

Watch This Space

We’ve been looking forward to summer since New Years Day, now we’re giving the rest of the city and its visitors more reason to be excited about the coming sunny months.

Watch this space for more details about the opening of Arthouse Hotel’s new outdoor terrace and add it to the list of places to drink in Liverpool for summer 2019.

Memorable Mom Movie Moments from the Best Movie Mothers

Get snuggled up with mum on the couch this Mother’s Day and make your way through these classic mom movies with a bucket of tasty treats and a bottle of mum’s favourite plonk.

We’ve gathered all the greatest movie moments, from the cute and heartwarming to the scary and downright disturbing.

Here, in no particular order are the greatest mom movie moments of all time.

Mrs George

Aka: Regina’s Mum

Movie: Mean Girls

Mrs George makes it very clear from the get-go she’s not like a regular mom, she’s a cool Mom. Her velour tracksuit, blonde tresses and rocking bod certainly go a long way to confirm this.

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Our favourite mom movie moment:

Mrs George: Happy Hour is from 4-6!

Cady: Is there alcohol in this?

Mrs George: Oh god, no, honey, what kind of mother do you think I am? Why, do you want a little bit? Because if you’re gonna drink, I’d rather you do it in the house.

Amy Mitchell

Aka: The original Bad Mom

Movie: Bad Moms

The ultimate struggling mother trying to balance work, social life, love life and the dreaded PTA, Amy Mitchell is the most relatable movie mother we’ve encountered yet. She tells it like it is, lets loose and has a little fun with her newly found mummy mates.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Arriving late to a PTA meeting, Amy decides to quit and starts a revolt against the PTA chairwoman eventually overthrowing the whole system.

Morticia Adams

Aka: Wednesday, Pugsley and Pubert’s mum

Movie: Adams Family and Adams Family Values

Although she may have a dark side, Morticia Adams is a devoted mother to her three unique children. She indulges their macabre games and encourages them to explore and celebrate the Adams’ individuality.

What more could you want from a mum?

Our favourite mom movie moment:

In Adams Family Values, when a curse falls upon Morticia’s family, and she’s reading to Pubert from The Cat in the Hat exclaiming when she reaches the end of the story

“Oh, no . . . he lives”

Celeste

Aka: Jessie’s alien stepmother

Movie: My Stepmother is an Alien

Who wouldn’t love a mother like Celeste whose alien bag can produce everything from fist-sized diamonds to designer clothes? She even makes Jessie fly at one point. Too cool.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

To fulfil the typical earth mom role, Celeste whips up every dish on the menu from the corner restaurant for breakfast. Even giving the dog, Dave, a selection of desserts and chicken wings in his bowl.

Bella Swan

Aka: Renesmee’s Mum

Movie: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II

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Of course, there’s no movie mother quite like Bella Swan. Giving birth to a half vampire half human baby, dying in the process only to be reborn as a vampire herself then taking on a legion of vampire lords to protect her newborn daughter.

That’s motherhood right there.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

After Bella wakes up and realises Jacob has imprinted on Renesmee and furiously throws him against a tree demonstrating her newborn vampire strength and her protective instincts.

Marge Simpson

Aka: Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s Mum

Movie: The Simpsons Movie

Over the decades Marge Simpson became everyone’s favourite cartoon mum, stuck forever with a teenage son, a genius daughter and an Alien baby.

When The Simpsons Movie was made, Marge resumed her role as the sane one in the group, continuing to keep the family together through thick and thin.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Whilst cleaning and listening intently to Lisa describe her new boyfriend, Marge gives Lisa some sage advice about how important it is to find a man who listens to her. She is then cut off mid-sentence when she notices pig tracks on the ceiling and wonders how they got there.

Mrs Gump

Aka: Forrest’s mum

Movie: Forrest Gump

The most touching mother-son relationship of all movie time is the bond between Mrs Gump and Forrest. Throughout the film, her strength to give Forrest confidence in life makes her one of the greatest movie moms ever.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Molly Weasley

Aka: Ginny, Ron, Fred, George, Percy and Charlie’s mum

Movie: The Harry Potter Series

The greatest mum in the wizarding world award goes to Molly Weasley. Even though her kind welcoming presence is a reassurance that things will be okay throughout the film, Molly Weasley is not a mum to be trifled with and will not hesitate to blow up anyone who threatens her family.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Sarah Connor

Aka: John Connor’s mum

Movie: Terminator 2

Sarah Connor is one of the most amazing movie mothers whose existence is tantamount to the entire Terminator franchise. From being hunted to becoming the hunter, Sarah Connor is a fierce warrior mother who battles for her and her son’s survival in a variety of time zones.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When the T-1000 jabs Sarah in the shoulder with his finger that turns into a knife and tries to torture her for information. She just casually uses her one good arm to try and reload her big ass shotgun, blowing his non-existent nuts off then getting away to save her kid. Tough as nails!

Helen Parr

Aka: Dash and Violet’s mum

Movie: The Incredibles 1 & 2

Another cartoon mother we simply have to give snaps to. Helen Parr, the once great Elastigirl, now a mother of three amazing children gave up her excellent crime-stopping lifestyle to form a family.

In both Incredibles 1 & 2, Helen Parr shows she can still whip butt with the best of them, helping to defeat both Syndrome and the Screenslaver.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

After being shot out of the sky, Helen Parr transforms into a parachute to safely deliver herself and her kids into the sea, after which she threatens to ground both the kids unless they calm down before morphing into a dingy to get them safely to land.

Talk about multi-tasking skills!

Mrs Edna Turnblad

Aka: Tracy’s mum

Movie: Hairspray

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Big, bold and beautiful Edna Turnblad is the mum we’re all rooting for as her life turns from shut-in to show off in the movie Hairspray. Always played in Drag, Edna Turnblad is one yummy mummy we just love to love.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

The Mr Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway makeover of course. In both the original and the 2007 movie version these scenes are pure mummy magic.

Lilly Potter

Aka: Harry’s mum

Movie: Harry Potter

When it comes to giving it all up for your kids, Lilly Potter wins hands down. Not only did she stand up to he-who-must-not-be-named to save her son, but she also armed him with everything he’d need to take Voldemort down in the end, including making Harry the last Horcrux by default.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Lily cast herself in front of the Avada Kedavra curse meant to kill Harry, deflecting it back on him and permanently weakening him forever.

Jeanine Stifler

Aka: Stifler’s Mum

Aka: MILF

Movie: American Pie Series

Only a son like Steve Stifler could come from a mum like Jeanine. A no-nonsense hottie whose presence in the movie serves only to give Finch a hold over her own son.

When Stifler’s mum seduces Finch, she gives him the night of his life and sets the standard to which he’ll hold all future encounters to measure.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

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Karen

Aka: Daisy and Bernie’s mum

Movie: Love Actually

The woman who made other women across the world temporarily despise Alan Rickman, Karen is the perfect mother, who lives for her children and sacrifices her own dreams for a happy family home.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Karen: The trouble with being the Prime Minister’s sister is, it does put your life into rather harsh perspective. What did my brother do today? He stood up and fought for his country. And what did I do? I made a papier maché lobster head.

Andy’s Mum

Aka: Emily (fan theory)

Movie: The Toy Story Series

If there’s one mum whose shown she can handle it all its Andy’s mum. As any mother knows the loss or breakage of a favourite toy can be catastrophic and yet she brushes it off pulling out other distractions like Pizza Planet and puppies.

Only once did we see her lose her cool when Andy . . . sob. . . left for college. Andy’s mum is one tough cookie.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

A fan theory that makes Andy’s Mum Jessie’s original owner, Emily.

Minds blown!

Mrs McAllister

Aka: Kevin’s mum

Movie: Home Alone 1 & 2

Every mum’s worst nightmare is leaving something important at home on route to the airport for a family getaway. Leaving a child behind, unthinkable. Twice, unforgivable.

But of course, we know that what ensues are two of the greatest family movies ever made.

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What we love about Mrs McAllister is in both movies she will stop at nothing to get back to her boy, including traversing the country in the back of a van and wandering the scary streets of New York City alone.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

In the second movie when Mrs McAllister realises she knows exactly where Kevin will be, and they are reunited under the huge Christmas tree. Weep.

Norma Bates

Aka: Norman’s mum

Movie: Psycho

The mother of all mother movies is Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The twisted relationship between Norma and Norman is one that is still referenced today in many psychological thrillers. Psycho’s Norma Bates takes the overbearing mother figure to a whole new level.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Mrs Bates’ corpse is found in the cellar and Norman appears dressed as her wielding a knife, one of the greatest cinematic reveals of all time.

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Ellen Ripley

Aka: The Mother of the Alien Queen

Movie: Alien 3 & Alien Resurrection

Before Khalissi, Mother of Dragons there was Ripley mother of Aliens. After birthing a creature that only a mother could love, this kick-ass mum is forced to kill her offspring in not one but two Alien movies

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Trapped on the fleeing ship in Alien Resurrection, Ripley’s half human, half alien offspring has killed a few more cast members.

Ripley gets all maternal, cuddling the creature before using her own blood to melt a hole in the glass window and then watches her alien child get sucked out into space!

The Other Mother

Aka: Coraline’s other mum

Movie: Coraline

Sometimes our own mothers can seem a little boring or too busy to pay us attention, that’s where the other mothers come in. But of course, no mother is better than the one you’ve already got, as Coraline found out the hard way.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Coraline’s mum buys her the gloves she asked for in the early scenes and shows she was listening all along.

Donna Sheridan

Aka: Sophie’s mum

Movie: Mamma Mia

The coolest movie mum ever has to be Donna Sheridan, who single-handedly raised her daughter on a stunning Greek island after leaving her friends, bandmates and musical career behind.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Donna is helping Sophie get ready for her wedding, recounting all the fun times she had to the song “Slipping through my fingers” by ABBA.

Evelyn O’Connell

Aka: Alex’s mum

Movie: The Mummy Returns

Not only did Evelyn O’Connell battle an undead Mummy, but she also took on a reincarnated Egyptian warrior Princess to save her son and husband from the clutches of the Scorpion King and came back from the dead to do it.

That’s dedication.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When battling a soldier from the army of Anaksunamun, Evelyn’s son Alex asks his mum “Wow mum where did you learn that?”, to which she replies I have no idea.

Then, throwing out a powerful right hook knocking a soldier out, she tells Alex “That I learned from your father.”

Elizabeth James

Aka: Annie and Hallie’s mum

Movie: The Parent Trap

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The effortlessly stylish and successful Elizabeth James seems like the perfect role model for little Annie and her estranged twin sister Hallie. She also has a clumsy endearing quality which makes us love her all the more.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When Elizabeth is packing to swap Annie and Hallie back, pacing her room smoking a cigarette, with a roller in her hair and sunglasses on have a mini meltdown. Relatable.

Maria Von Trapp

Aka: Gretl, Marta, Kurt, Brigitta, Louisa, Frederich and Leisl’s mum

Movie: The Sound of Music

A woman who would never become a nun instead became the mother of 7 children in war-torn Austria, saving them all from Nazi rule with the Sound of Music and a good healthy hike into the hills.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When all the Von Trapp kids huddle up in Maria’s bed during the thunderstorm and sing about their favourite things to feel better.

Mama Fratelli

Aka: Mikey, Jake and Sloth’s mum

Movie: The Goonies

One of the worst mums on the list, Mama Fratelli was a mum you would never mess with. She kept her two of her sons in check with frequent beatings and kept the other locked in chains his whole life!

Our favourite mom movie moment:

Mama Fratelli: You remember that song I used to sing to you?

Sloth: Yeah!

Mama Fratelli: You were little back then?

Mama Fratelli: Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top. When the wind blows the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks the cradle will fall…

Sloth: Break! Fall!

Mama Fratelli: No! I only dropped once.

Sloth: Ahh!

Mama Fratelli: Well, maybe twice. No Sloth! Put me down!

Beverly Sutphin

Aka: Misty and Chip’s mum

Movie: Serial Mom

As far as mad movie mums go, Beverly Sutphin takes the cake. Why do we love her? Because she’ll do anything to keep her kids happy, including murder their teachers.

Our favourite mum movie moment:

Chip: So happy I could s**t.

Beverly: Chip! You know how I hate the brown word.

Maureen Prescott

Aka: Sydney’s mum

Movie: Scream Series

It’s well known that if it weren’t for Sydney’s mum, the Scream franchise would never have happened. So, even though Sydney might not thank her mum for years of dodging psychotic serial killers, we certainly do.

Our favourite mom movie moment:

When the ghost of Maureen comes to haunt Sydney in her dreams. As if she hasn’t caused her enough trouble already. Gorsh!

What a wonderful array of mom movie moments, from the magical and heartwarming to the terrifying and slightly disturbing.

Mother’s Day at Arthouse Hotel

If you are hoping to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day, why not treat to a night at Arthouse Hotel? Here she can enjoy an overnight stay in utter luxury surrounded by movie inspired decor and indulgent facilities.

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What’s more, Sunday’s in Mulholland Singing Diner, are filled with pure Disney magic and classic show tune entertainment provided by our live singing waiters. If your mum loves her musicals Mulholland and Arthouse Hotel are the place for you this Mother’s Day in Liverpool.

Take a dip in the double jacuzzi baths, enjoy a meal at the nearby Alma de Cuba or explore the nearby nightlife with your very own “cool mom”. Call on 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to arrange your Mother’s Day visit.

“Shut UP!” There’s Going to be a Princess Diaries 3?

We were today-years-old when we found out (well, remembered) that the last Princess Diaries film came out in 2004. Yep, FIFTEEN years ago. It’s been too long since we spent some quality time with our fave royal babes Miss Mia Thermopolis and Queen Clarisse Renaldi.

However, if recent reports – and Anne Hathaway herself – are to be believed, we may be reuniting with the Princess Diaries franchise sooner than we thought. Whilst a lot of buzz surrounding a Princess Diaries 3 arose back in 2017, a 2019 appearance on US talk show ‘Watch What Happens Live’ saw Anne confirm that “there is a script for the third movie…I want to do it. Julie [Andrews] wants to do it.”

OMG.

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Inspired by this recent news, we wanted to revisit all the best movie prins that have ever graced our screens. Cue the nostalgia.

1. Mia (The Princess Diaries)

Obviously. We saw Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo transform right before our eyes with one of the best makeover montages ever.

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Despite the new look, she proved that being true to yourself is the best way to achieve your dreams. Even if those dreams don’t come close to becoming an integral part of the Genovian royal family, we could all benefit from channelling a bit of that trademark Mia sass.

2. Asana (The Princess Diaries 2)

Now we cannot mention Princess Diaries without giving a special mention to Princess Asana. Who else could we have wanted to duet with Julie Andrews on iconic RnB banger ‘Your Crowning Glory’?

Who else forgot that this was a thing that happened?

Regardless, we’re here to remind the world of the genius that is Raven Symone poppin’ and lockin’ around a visibly uncomfortable Julie A. She also committed to an extremely enthusiastic mattress surfing cameo.

3. Fa Mulan (Mulan)

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Saving an entire kingdom and your father’s life through some very convincing identity fraud? Just a day in the life for our Fa Mulan. Cutting her hair off (into a lovely blunt bob, may we add, very on-trend) with a giant sword to some incredibly dramatic music? Climbing to the top of that giant wooden pole when no other man in an army of hundreds could? Stopping a sword with a god damn FAN? Ugh, Mulan girl, we love you.

4. Sarah (A Little Princess)

Okay, theoretically she’s not a real princess. But technicalities aside, we needed to recognise miss Sarah Crewe in this list since she reminded us that we are all princesses. All girls – and boys, if they feel so inclined – are. She was an inspiration to all of us, showing that kindness, empathy and generosity reign over all.

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Looking back, she was also the queen of shade. Take that, Lavinia.

5. Anya (Anastasia)

A young orphan with no memory of her past, this mega-babe is a prime example of how confidence, bravery and a lil’ bit of sass can get you out of dodge. Despite some bad amnesia caused by a particularly intense bout of childhood trauma, Anya manages to come through the other side of her struggle as one of the most badass women in movie ‘herstory’.

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Sure, con-man Dimitri initially tries to use her to make a few quid, but she’s that much of a gem inside and out that he soon drops the act and falls in love with her. Even that weirdo Rasputin can’t get enough of her, though that’s mainly ‘cos she’s getting in the way of him fulfilling his curse on the entire Romanov family. Against all the odds – and all the men getting in her way – Anastasia is finally reunited with her gran and all is well in the world.

6. Leia (Star Wars)

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Yes, she worked that cinnamon-roll-on-each-ear hairdo like nobody else could, and yes, she’s a dab hand at firing blasters and one-liners. Ultimately though, Leia is a leader and a bloody great one at that. She’s creative, courageous and out-smarts pretty much every male counterpart the Empire manages to throw at her. RIP Carrie, you were an absolute queen.

P.S. We particularly love the moment she chokes Jabba to death after he enslaves and forces her to dance around in that godforsaken bikini. G’wed.

7. Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

A humble and grounded gal, Tiana is one of our all-time favourite movie princesses. With a love for good food and grafting hard to achieve her dreams, she’s a girl after our own hearts.

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She goes through hell and back, with being turned into a frog by a voodoo master and having to spend a prolonged amount of time with Prince Naveen (the human equivalent to headbutting a cheese grater) being just a few of her notable feats. She always remains focused, self-assured and reminds us that a girl never needs to be saved; she can bloody well sort herself out AND open her own restaurant without any local authorities questioning if an amphibious stint in the local swamp goes against sanitary regulations.

Also, shout out to Mama Odie. She might not be a princess, but she is a kween.

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You’ve probably guessed by now that we’re not ashamed to admit that we’re a big fan of iconic films, particularly ones of the princess variety. Well, we’d love for you to join us here at the hotel and live like a prin for a day (or two!) at Arthouse in 2019. Just get in touch with us on 0151 236 0166. We can’t wait!

If you’re in the mood for a rom-com, then why not check out this guide to the best wedding movies of all time?

11 True Crime Documentaries You Need to Watch Now

Why are we so obsessed with true crime documentaries? Is it because we’re somewhat strange or that we love to fear what monsters hide in the shadows or beneath our beds? Or is it simply because these documentaries are just so captivatingly good. But, what we’ve learnt from watching so many of these true crime documentaries is that nothing is ever simple; oh, and that you should never open your mouth without a lawyer present.

So, with this in mind, we thought we’d count down eleven true crime documentaries that you need to watch now.

Making a Murderer (2015)

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Laura Ricciardi and Moria Demos’ Making a Murderer is the granddaddy, the forerunner of today’s true crime obsession. The docuseries narrates the story of Steven Avery, a man from Wisconsin who served 18 years in prison for a crime he (supposedly) did not commit.

The jewel in televisions true crime crown, Making a Murderer is enchantingly good to say the least.

The Staircase (2018)

The Staircase, a docuseries by filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, is often held up as one of the best true crime documentaries ever made. Lestrade never tries to solve the case, but rather examines how the criminal justice system treats the protagonist – Michael Peterson.

This noir masterpiece epitomises everything we love about true crime documentaries.

Mindhunter (2017)

We know that Mindhunter isn’t a true crime documentary. What it is, however, is one of the most intense, accurately portrayed crime dramas ever created.

Based on the book: Mindhunter: Inside the Federal Bureaus Special Crime Unit, Mindhunter (2017) revolves around the creation of the behavioural science unit.

The interviews’ with infamous “serial murderers” yield what can only be described as one of the most intense scenes ever between Holden Ford and Edmund Kemper.

The Confession Tapes (2017)

Sarah Loudenberg’s The Confession Tapes is an indictment of America’s criminal justice system, the trust we put in law enforcement, and the reasons why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit.

This isn’t similar to any of the other true crime documentaries on our countdown as most of the criminals aren’t even criminals, some of them weren’t even in the country when their crimes were committed.

What makes The Confession Tapes so hard to watch is exactly why you should watch it; we did warn you that nothing is ever simple in the world of true crime documentaries.

The Seven Five (2014)

Former NYPD policeman Michael Dowd recounts how he and his partner ran their own cocaine cartel while working in New York during the 1980s and early 90s. Dowd’s conviction in 1992 led to one of the largest police corruption scandals in NYPD history.

The Seven Five is 104 minutes of jaw-dropping action and deserving of high praise indeed.

Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail (2011)

Louis Theroux is the godfather of documentary making. And, as always, he shows everyone how it’s done in this true crime documentary.

Louis tackles this sensitive subject, and the interviewees and inmates he meets, with his usual concoction of empathy, genuine interest and awkwardness that makes him the best at what he does.

Theroux’s readiness to report on the dark underside of American culture makes Miami Mega Jail stick out above not only the spew of Louis Theroux documentaries, but also the numerous true crime documentaries that run aground when endeavouring to imitate his unique style.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

The Ted Bundy Tapes take a look inside the mind of murderer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

One of the newest and best true crime documentaries on our countdown, Jon Doran’s docuseries coincides with the announcement of Extremely Wicked, shockingly Evil, and Vile – a Zac Efron biopic that didn’t feature on our countdown of the most anticipated movies of 2019, but we’re starting to think it should have done.

You almost certainly won’t be sleeping much once you’ve watched this formidable docuseries.

Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)

As with Mindhunter, Manhunt: Unabomber shouldn’t be on our countdown of the best true crime documentaries, however, as with Mindhunter, it’s too good not to include.

Andrew Sodroski’s drama miniseries depicts a fictionalised account of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber and is true crime at its captivating peak.

Team Foxcatcher (2016)

Recounting the downward spiral of John Du Pont, Team Foxcatcher is absolutely astonishing and extremely fearsome in equal measure.

With the grace and panache of a murder mystery novel, Team Foxcatcher is a must watch for those who love true crime documentaries.

The Witness (2015)

James D. Solomon’s directorial debut is outstanding and superb, shocking and alarming, and therefore making it a must watch.

The Witness pioneered a new wave of true crime documentaries – recounting a murder from the perspective of 38 witnesses.

The Witness, therefore, is the epitome of bingeworthy.

The Keepers (2017)

In mood, theme, tone, and content, The Keepers is everything you’d expect from a true crime documentary. That’s it: watch, tremble and bask in the true crime seesaw of emotion that is The Keepers.

Get everyone together and binge watch one of the amazing true crime documentaries above in some our awesome movie-themed rooms. Come and join us, we’d love to hear from you today to organise a superb stay at Arthouse in 2019.

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The 13 Best, Worst and Weirdest Oscars Moments

The Oscars is an incredibly prestigious evening which plays host to the crème de la crème and who’s who of the film industry. Each year, in the lead up to the star-studded event, we all wait with anticipation to see who’s nominated, what will be worn on the red carpet, whether we will see another ‘envelopegate’ and this year, how the night unfolds without a host.

Most importantly though, will Fiji water girl be there?

Whilst we’re all looking forward to this year’s awards ceremony, let’s look back at some of the best – and quite frankly, the weirdest – moments in Oscars history.

1. The Time That Fella Streaked Across the Stage Wearing Nothin’ but a Moustache

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In 1974, host David Niven was in the middle of introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present an award when suddenly artist and activist Robert Opel ran across the stage butt naked. He flashed the audience a peace sign and, well, quite a lot more.

2. Rob Lowe’s Bizarre Opening Number

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Let’s just say that the last time the Oscars went without a host, things got weird. Dead weird. In 1989, Rob Lowe and Snow White sang “Proud Mary” as an odd duet. Disney sued, and the likes of Julie Andrews and Paul Newman co-signed a letter describing as an “embarrassment.”

3. Meryl Streep Looking Like the Fairy Godmother from Shrek

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Need we say more?

4. Leo Finally Winning an Oscar

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After jokes surrounding his lack of wins snowballing year after year, our Leo finally got his hands on an Oscar in 2016 for his performance in The Revenant. Apparently, all it really takes is eating a bison liver and getting attacked by a massive bear.

5. Nicole Kidman Clapping

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Is it the Grinch? Is it a Seal? No! It’s Nicole Kidman clapping! She later explained her unique celebratory technique was to protect a very expensive diamond ring she was wearing.

6. John Travolta Being John Travolta

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When introducing Tony-award winning Broadway star Idina Menzel in 2015, Mr Travolta decided instead to utilise his platform to shed light on a new, undiscovered talent. Her name? Adela Dazeem.

Not really. He just couldn’t pronounce her name properly. She did get her own back the next year when she returned to introduce her “dear friend, Glom Gazingo.” John then proceeded to weirdly cup her chin.

7. Jennifer Lawrence Falling Over

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We love a relatable queen! Stumbling up the stairs live on air during one of the biggest events of your career? Eh, no biggie.

8. Jennifer Lawrence Climbing Over Seats Equipped with Wine

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Because this is all of us.

9. The Entire Time Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish Were on Stage

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These two amazing women stole the show in 2018. Maya Rudolph told us all that her pinkie toe had fallen off and Tiffany told Meryl Streep she wanted her to be her mum. It was great.

10. That Selfie

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Ellen managed to break Twitter – and our hearts – with the celeb-filled selfie of 2014. It became the most re-tweeted photograph ever that year and even surpassed the original record held by Obama.

11. When Chrissy Teigen Fell Asleep

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It was either a genuine power nap or some meticulously timed Casey Affleck shade, but seeing Chrissy in the crowd snoozing on John Legend’s shoulder in 2017 was everything.

12. Bjork Laying an Egg

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We’re so happy this is a real-life thing that happened. Bjork’s 2001 feathered swan dress became one of the most iconic Oscars fashion moments in history – it’s now honoured in the MoMA – but what really stole the show was her then ‘laying’ a massive swan egg, right in the middle of the red carpet.

13. Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg

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The guest of honour at the 2012 Oscars? A leg. Angelina’s right one, to be exact. Angie’s leg gave us a full dose of that Oscars realness. She served knee. She served us up a hot plate of red-carpet glamour. She didn’t come to play – she came to slay. She even got her own Twitter account.

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If you’re anything like us, then you’ll be a film-lover who looks forward to awards season every year. This year, why not plan an Oscar’s viewing party & stay in a movie-inspired room at Arthouse? Just give us a call on 0151 236 0166 to get you and your mates booked in!