In 1976, a 28-year old 
model and actress named Brenda Venus bid on a book at an estate auction, which happened to have a personal letter from Henry Miller tucked into it, complete with return address. As someone who already had an interest in Miller (she had a photo of him up in her home), she took the opportunity to write him to see if she could meet him. A personal relationship of nearly four years (until his death) and 1,500 letters followed her intial query. These letters were later compiled in the book, Dear, Dear Brenda
(1986): "Such humor and such ardor speak volumes for the tender friendship and devotion of his last love,"
wrote Lawrence Durrell of the letters in the Introduction to the book. "Henry Miller was my mentor, best friend, support system, and much, much more,"
writes Venus in a new website devoted to Miller. "[He] was a patient man, a gentleman who single-handedly guided my rite of passage from a young innocent girl into womanhood. And I will always be grateful for that careful, sensitive, knowing, and intuitive venture."
In July this year, Venus activated a new website devoted to Henry and her relationship with him: The Muse & The Mentor
. This website is a companion to her personal website, BrendaVenus.com
, on which she sells a variety of her own products: her Secrets of Seduction
books, 'B Venus' lingerie, photos of herself (including nudes), and a documentary which she produced called Love & Sex in L.A
The Muse & Mentor
website seems to have three primary functions: to honour Henry, to provide background information on their relationship, and to sell stuff. A number of Miller photographs and quotes can be found under "Henry."
A drop-down menu on this page allows you to view notes written to Brenda in Henry's hand, as well as a number of book reviews for Dear, Dear Brenda
and related press material--including the scan of Rrabia magazine
seen below (from the MillerVenus website).
MEMORIES OF PARIS: THE GUIDE BLEU"The Guide Bleu was one of Henry Miller’s last works of love. It is a guide to Paris, an unpublished manuscript which held the fondest of his memories,"
says the text of the drop-down menu under "Memories of Paris
." This was a curiosity to me, as I'd never heard of it. Another item on the menu is Henry Miller's Memories of Paris
which is apparently an "unpublished manuscript" of Miller's early years in Paris.
Accordging to Google Books
, Guide Bleu
was published by HarperCollins in 1999. An article in Spain's El Cultural
in 2001 states that Miller created the short Guide Bleu
in 1979 as a gift for Brenda in anticipation of her going to Paris. "Never published completely,"
says the article  "it was simultaneously a personal guide of Paris, a French-English dictionary and a address book of coffees, restaurants and friends, interrupted by long letters of love to Brenda."
It had been hand-written into a blue notebook. Early in 1980, Brenda made the trip to Paris and wrote notes to Henry while seated at the places he'd recommended she visit.
I can find nothing else about Henry Miller's Memories of Paris
, and am not sure how similiar or disimilar it is to the Guide Bleu
. However, Memories is available for sale
, at $100 a copy.
MILLER FOR SALE
Other items available for sale on the Muse & The Mentor
by Miller, ranging from $25,000 to one called "Henry
," inscribed with a birthday greeting to Brenda, for $125,000.
* A cotton blue robe
that Miller "wore often" during the final years of his life: $50,000.
For free on BrendaVenus.com are two video clips
of a present-day Venus talking about Henry.
________________________________ Wikipedia and IMDB claim she was born in November 1947, but this essay states she was 20 (which would be 1955). In the world of celebrity--especailly for women--age is usually a pretty vague and shifting fact, so who knows which is true. I translated the article through Yahoo's BabelFish webiste, so please consider that some wording may be improperly interpreted.