Though last month saw 50th the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, both in the US and around the world the iconic beauty still holds a place in our hearts. Those with any doubt should make a trip to Palm Springs to see the recently arrived Marilyn Monroe installation. Standing nearly three stories tall, tourists and locals have been braving the triple digit heat to see the full color statue in the pose that Marilyn made famous in the Seven Year Itch – ironically filmed this weekend in 1954 (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/famous-marilyn-monroe-skirt-s…).
The sculpture, created by artist Seward Johnson, started its tour in Chicago but will be in Palm Springs through June of 2013. Palm Springs resident Bill Kobrin was one of the photographers present during the subway grate scene and is noted in the Palm Springs visitor web page on Marilyn – a good place to start when looking for tours that are offered to visit other celebrity landmarks in and around Palm Springs: (http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/page/new-attraction—forever-marilyn–s…)
From her first husband James Dougherty, then a merchant marine that took her to Catalina Island where he was stationed (http://www.catalinamuseum.org/exhibitions.asp), to her second husband, legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio, and finally Henry Miller, the family life Marilyn sought seemed to elude her. When the details of her death emerged, it became clear that America’s sweetheart, lost and heartbroken, had taken her own life. Millions mourned the loss and today, millions continue to be fascinated with Marilyn Monroe.
But we can rejoice at the lasting impact of Norma Jean’s unspoiled beauty and Marilyn’s incomparable glamour. Regardless of her popularity and the number of box office hits with her name on the banner, something about Marilyn remained as genuine and sweet as the girl next door. Even today Marilyn Monroe’s estate generates $27 million per year, keeping good company with other legends such Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.
Now that the triple digit heat in wonderful Palm Springs is beginning to ease, as the tourist season is coming to a close and before the holiday season begins, it seems like a great time to see the statue. With plenty to do within walking distance – lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, a frappacino at Starbucks, or something more decadent like a steak at the Chophouse (http://www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.com/), there is plenty to make a day – or night of it – in the area. And don’t forget about the tram ride up Mount San Jacinto; it seems to glow purple during sunset. (check the website, the tram is periodically down for maintenance: http://www.pstramway.com/)