Discover Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles

05/27/2014

Daniel Djang

Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. The world knows her today as Marilyn Monroe, who became one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s, only to have her life cut short at age 36. Monroe was known for her comedic performances in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot. Eager to escape typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio - her dramatic turn in Bus Stop earned critical praise and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. In the decades since her controversial death - officially ruled a “probable suicide” - Monroe has become a legendary movie star, international sex symbol, and pop culture icon. Read on for Los Angeles locations where you can discover Marilyn Monroe’s enduring legacy, from her favorite hotels and restaurants, to one of the world’s foremost collections of Marilyn memorabilia.

Battleship IOWA: The Story of an L.A. Icon

05/22/2014

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Designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship," Battleship IOWA is a floating museum that welcomes visitors from around the world to its location at the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro.  

L.A. Tourism Celebrates "Summer Sneak Preview" On May 24, 2014

05/20/2014

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The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate L.A.'s unofficial “Summer Sneak Preview” on Saturday, May 24, 2014. No other region combines the multicultural concerts and festivals, movies al fresco, sports events and overall summertime vibe the way L.A. does, and the first day of Memorial Day weekend provides the ultimate primer for folks to get their summer on before the real deal starts next month. The music, cinematic and cultural events listed below will make the 24th a day to remember.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Donelle Dadigan

05/09/2014

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Visitors should set aside at least an hour to explore the museum, which includes Max Factor’s world-famous make-up rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball became everyone’s favorite redhead. Displays include everything from Max Factor’s unique “Beauty Calibration Machine” to Monroe’s million-dollar dress and Hannibal Lecter’s cell from The Silence of the Lambs.

“My mother was an educator, my father was an educator, and I was an educator,” says Dadigan. “So my mother and I, we realized - harkening back to our times of being school teachers - that the best way for us to get our children and our students to be interested in the subject that we were teaching was that we had to entertain them. If we entertain them, they couldn’t help but open their minds to what they were being taught.”

She continues, “So we felt if we take that component and put it in a museum, showcasing what we think is the number one export of Los Angeles - Hollywood - we couldn’t help but have an opportunity for visitors from all the around the world to come and see this.”

L.A. Story Spotlight: Carol Watkins

04/25/2014

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Carol Watkins, aka the "Queen of Press Junkets," has been Director of Entertainment Sales at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills since 1987. 

L.A. Story Spotlight: Bricia Lopez

04/22/2014

Daniel Djang

Bricia Lopez is a quintessential modern Angeleno: she’s a first generation immigrant who grew up in Los Angeles, a business owner, and a cultural ambassador who explores and experiences L.A. with the enthusiasm of a first-time visitor.

Discover Koreatown Car Free: Dining, Culture & Shopping

04/18/2014

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When it comes to cultural stature among both locals and visitors, as well as population and sheer physical size, Koreatown is growing as fast as any L.A. district. Said to pack about 300,000 people in its five square miles, K-town contains the entertainment choices, culinary destinations and multicultural diversity that represents the best of the region. And with the Metro Rail Purple Line running down its Wilshire Boulevard spine (not to mention the area’s challenging parking), K-town is ideal for exploring car free. Discover one of L.A.'s most dynamic neighborhoods, from morning coffee to a late afternoon cocktail, then get ready Koreatown after dark.

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