Lonely Planet: Top Marilyn Monroe Sights Across The US
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What a story. Born Norma Jean Baker as the illegitimate daughter of a poor woman with mental illness, passing her youth in foster homes and orphanages, then marrying a future-cop neighbor at age 16 who frowned on her modelling, leaving him and becoming Playboy's first centerfold in 1953, then making 29 movies (and these sad poems), all turning her, Marilyn Monroe, into the world's greatest star.
And then she was gone, at age 36.
"I never knew Marilyn Monroe," her first husband James Dougherty said after her death. "I knew Norma Jean. They were two different people."
Marilyn, and Norma Jean, died 50 years ago on August 5. Marilyn fan clubs are hosting plenty of events around LA in early August, including a pool party, bus tours of her sites and a 50th anniversary memorial ceremony. The biggie though is the August 4 luncheon at 20th Century Fox, where many of her films were made. The $75 luncheon gives you the rare opportunity of a lot tour too.
If you're interested
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