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City Gems

Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit

When

June 1, 2012 – Sep 22, 2012

Wednesdays–Sundays (10am–5pm)

Where

Hollywood Museum

1660 N Highland Ave

323.464.7776

Directions: Inside the Max Factor Building

Price

$12 - 15

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The gorgeous Art Deco building on Highland Avenue near Hollywood Boulevard is one of Hollywood's most historically significant. Once Hollywood makeup legend Max Factor's makeup studio, it later became the Max Factor Museum and is now home to the Hollywood Museum. On the heels of two excellent exhibits they presented in 2011 on Jean Harlow and Lucille Ball, the museum now presents Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit. Paying tribute to the recent 50th anniversary of Monroe's death, the exhibit features hundreds of items that belonged to Monroe. Though you may be tempted to make a beeline directly to the second floor, where the Monroe exhibit is housed, don’t miss the grandeur of the beautifully preserved first floor. The breathtaking marble lobby, four original makeup rooms (which Max Factor had painted and furnished to enhance the loveliness of screenland’s beauties, depending on their coloring), original chandeliers, antique furniture, and great attention to detail make this area a glamour-lover's dream. Moving up to the Marilyn Monroe show, you’ll see one of the exhibit's highlights: never-before-seen photos of Marilyn taken by her close friend George Barris. Included among the clothing on display is a beaded dress Marilyn wore both during her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio and on a USO tour; a lime-green Pucci blouse she wore in the last photo ever taken of her while she was alive; the cape she donned for the 1955 premiere of East of Eden; her beaded costume from 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl; and various furs and accessories. Other items include dozens of gorgeous costume test shots, pill bottles found near her body after her death, Tom Kelly’s “Red Velvet” nude Marilyn photos, the Brownie camera she owned as a child, furniture and artwork from her Brentwood home, her annotated film scripts, personal letters, magazines and newspapers featuring articles about the blonde bombshell, and numerous other items. The Hollywood Museum in general, and the Monroe show in particular, are must-sees for fans of Monroe or Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill