Whoopi Goldberg’s new role: curator of Jersey City art gallery’s Marilyn Monroe exhibit

Whoopi Goldberg backstage at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 15, 2016 in New York City./ Undated file photo of US actress Marilyn Monroe few weeks before she died in 05 August 1962.Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images

Two of the biggest names in Hollywood have come together for an unusual exhibit and you won’t want to miss it!  West Orange resident Whoopi Goldberg and Mana Contemporary in Jersey City have teamed up to bring you Marilyn: Character Not Image, an exclusive capsule exhibition featuring poems from the late Marilyn Monroe as well as drawings and even the infamous dress she wore to serenade John F. Kennedy on his birthday.

Marilyn may have been glorified in the public eye for giving new meaning to the term “sex symbol,” but this exhibit, curated by the View host, will highlight the woman behind the spotlight. It will show a softer side to the Some Like it Hot actress with intimate diary entries displaying her more vulnerable and ambitious sides. The show, which opens to the public Sunday, September 25 (and runs to October 22), also features photographs by her good friend Milton Greene and street photographer Weegee, as well as select video footage.

The iconic Jean-Paul dress worn by Marilyn on May 19, 1962 at Madison Square Garden will then be auctioned off in Los Angeles in mid-November, along with other items like a diamond-platinum watch, rhinestone earrings, film costumes, vintage photographs and more.

As far as Whoopi’s involvement, the Sister Act star hasn’t revealed how she came to curate the show. Like Marilyn, Whoopi (born Caryn Elaine Johnson) also had three failed marriages, but we’re pretty sure that’s not the special connection the LGBT activist and medical marijuana entrepreneur is going to reveal when she speaks at a press conference at the gallery on Thursday.

This isn’t the first time Marilyn has made waves in New Jersey. Ten years before her death at age 36, the starlet once acted as the Miss America Pageant Grand Marshall back in 1952 in Atlantic City. We’ll always have a soft spot for her.