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.
Discover Los Angeles
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.
Discover Los Angeles
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.”