Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Museum Remembers 50th Anniversary of Her Death

Marilyn Monroe in "The Prince and the Showgirl"

The most iconic blond bombshell of all time (although she was actually a natural redhead, for details sake) Marilyn Monroe would have been 86 years old this year if she hadn’t tragically died of an overdose on August 5th, 1962.  She was a complicated woman, a beautiful and photogenic actress admired and fawned over by millions, and yet, she was always struggling to get things she wanted most in life: to be a mother, and to have respect as an actress.  Hollywood in the 1960s was a complicated place.  Photographer Lawrence Schiller recently surfaced with some rare photographs of Marilyn; he had spoken to her the day before she found dead in her home.  He had a lot of intriguing things to say about the woman behind all the iconic photographs:

I had read that for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which she’d made in 1953, Jane Russell had been paid $200,000 while Marilyn, the blonde referred to in the title of the movie, had earned all of $1,250 per week—about $15,000—for the entire picture.

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell put in their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell put in their hand prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater; come see them right across the street from our office!

Marilyn Monroe's handprints up close today...

Marilyn Monroe’s handprints up close today…they are so petite!

Funny of course that no on hardly knows who Jane Russell is today (at least, youngsters) and Marilyn is still a household name.  You can come see her handprints right across form our office and compare sizes!  We also visit her home on our Stars Homes Tour and can tell you a lot more.  This summer, to honor the 50th Anniversary of her passing, the Hollywood Museum put together a rare look into the closet of Hollywoods most undisputed star for “Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit” which is just for this Summer, from June 1st, 2012 – September 2nd, 2012 to give the public a closer look at her life.

From LA.com:

Some of the highlights include the actual dresses she wore in Some Like It Hot and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, never-before-seen pictures taken by  George Barris, who’s best known as the last photographer to have a session with the actress shortly before her death;movie scripts, various hand-written personal letters, and Monroe’s 1961 Fleetwood Cadillac limousine…

The Hollywood Museum mentions these highlights:

  • Marilyn Monroe’s million-dollar honeymoon dress, worn on her honeymoon for her marriage to Joe DiMaggio.  This was Marilyn’s favorite gown designed by Ceil Chapman, hand beaded in Marilyn’s signature style. Marilyn wore this gown on numerous occasions including a USO tour to entertain 10,000 troops in Korea in 1954.
  • Marilyn’s famous cream colored, beaded costume worn in the 1957 film The Prince and the Show Girl.
  • Personal wardrobe items including the lime green Pucci blouse Marilyn Monroe wore in the last ever photos of her taken alive, together with Marilyn’s favorite furs and accessories.
  • The evening cape worn by Marilyn to the 1955 world premiere of the James Dean classic East of Eden.
  • Furniture and artwork from Marilyn’s Brentwood home, including the solid wood dresser that was next to Marilyn’s bed in her bedroom the night she died.
  • Never before seen photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken by her close personal friend George Barris.
  • NBC’s critically acclaimed “Smash” will have a special costume display featuring their Marilyn Monroe dresses.
  • The famous “Red Velvet” photographs by photographer Tom Kelly. Shot in 1949, Marilyn was still a struggling actress, delinquent in her monthly car rental payments and on the brink of having her car repossessed. To earn quick money, Marilyn agreed to pose at a typical “day rate” for what would become this legendary photo shoot.
  • Original works of art by famed artist Robert A. Delgadillo and LUDVIC.
  • Max Factor ‘s “Marilyn Monroe” makeup room where he created the famous “Marilyn Monroe blonde” hair including Marilyn’s makeup case and other personal items on display.
  • A prescription pill bottle and the Decodron vial found next to her bed at the time of her death.
  • A vast photograph collection of many never-before-seen photos of Marilyn’s childhood, family and early modeling career, including an array of photographs showing how Monroe lived, worked and played in Los Angeles.
  • Original Magazine and newspaper articles conveying Monroe’s popularity and the kinds of coverage accorded both her career and personal life.
  • Rare family photographs of Marilyn Monroe.
  • Marilyn Monroe’s annotated film scripts, personal letters, invoices, receipts and financial accounting documents, showcasing in great detail the personal and very private life of the greatest film star of all time.
  • An original Ralph Emerson Jr. High School photo showing a young Norma Jeane.
  • Marilyn’s personal Kodak Brownie camera from her childhood.

We know a lot about Marilyn Monroe and other classic Hollywood history at LA City Tours.  In our Stars Home Tour, we go by the houses she lived in and ponder her life.  And The Hollywood Museum is right on Hollywood and Highland, just a few paces away from our office.  So if you want to see the Stars’ Homes and cruise for today’s celebs, or go on a trip to Santa Monica Pier and beaches and fill you in on other things to do, come to Hollywood.  LA has so much to see!  If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard for shopping tours, trips to Santa Monica beach, LAX layover, or entire Los Angeles vacation packages.  Today is a great day to go!  Every day is a great day in southern california, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!

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Best Fireworks Shows in Los Angeles for the 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

If you’re traveling to Los Angeles today from another country, you might not know that it’s an important holiday for Americans – it’s Independence day!  Even if you did know that (you probably figure it out after seeing the red white and blue paraphernalia everywhere) you are going to need to know where you can go to enjoy the best part of the 4th of July holiday – FIREWORKS!

Choose the place nearest you for a great fireworks show!  You can always sit on a nearby hill with a picnic and enjoy it!

Choose the place nearest you for a great fireworks show! You can always sit on a nearby hill with a picnic and enjoy it!

I picked what I think will be some of the best spots to see a great fireworks show from a complete list that ABC put together.  In my humble opinion, one of these spots, depending on which is closest to where you are staying, will be worth a visit tonight:

Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave
Saturday, July 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
(323) 850-2000
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com

Burbank
Starlight Bowl – July 4th Salute to America
1249 Lockheed View Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $12-22 for adults, $8-18 for seniors (60+), Children 2 and under are free
Purchase tickets online or at the Community Services Building, located at 150 North Third Street. Tickets not available for purchase at the gate on July 4th.
http://www.starlightbowl.com

Culver City
Culver City High School
4401 Elenda St.
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 499-4840
Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Suggested donation of $3 per person
Food available for purchase
Parking at nearby lots: $5 per vehicle
http://culvercityfireworksshow.com

Dodger Stadium
Watch the game and stay for fireworks
Dodgers vs. Reds at 6:10 p.m., fireworks to follow
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, 90012
http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule

Los Angeles Coliseum

10th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
3939 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, 90037
Live music, food vendors, kids activities, fireworks
Festivities begin at noon, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Admission is free, parking is $10 before 5 p.m. and free after 5 p.m.
http://www.lacoliseumlive.com

Malibu
Fireworks launched from offshore barges adjacent to the following areas:
80 Malibu Colony Drive
27910 Pacific Coast Highway
22338 Pacific Coast Highway
21528 Pacific Coast Highway
9 p.m.
http://www.malibucity.org

Marina del Rey
Fireworks launched from barge across the Marina’s main channel
9:15 p.m.
Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) and Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way) are premier viewing locations
Parking fees range from $7 – $10
http://beaches.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dbh

Pasadena
“Americafest 2012” at Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Festival begins outside the stadium at 2 p.m.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with live music and entertainment at 7:15 p.m.
Americafest fireworks show begins at 9:05 p.m.
Tickets: $13 each, children 7 and under and active Military w/ ID are free
Parking: $20
(626) 577-3100
http://www.rosebowlstadium.com

Redondo Beach
Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Gates open at 2 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., jam session from 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Event features food, swimming, live music, DJ and dancing, crafts, water sports, parade and more
Tickets start at $15
http://www.redondofireworks.com

Studio City
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
Event runs from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Celebration includes live music, food and fireworks
Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under; VIP tickets available
(818) 655-5916
http://studiocitychamber.com

Have a fun and safe 4th of July everyone!  We’ll be open all day (and everyday) if you want to see the Stars’ Homes and cruise for celebs, or set you up on a trip to Santa Monica Pier and beaches and fill you in on other things to do!  LA has so much to see!  If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard for shopping tours, trips to Santa Monica beach, LAX layover, or entire Los Angeles vacation packages.  Today is a great day to go!  Every day is a great day in southern california, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!

Katy Perry Hollywood Celebrity-of-the-Day!

It’s Summer and it’s crazy busy here on Hollywood boulevard!

And sometimes, on top of the quadrupling of people and events, you wake up and get to  Hollywood boulevard and it looks something like this….

Suspicious road closure on Hollywood that normally shows up when a star is around or a red carpet premiere is happening...

Suspicious road closure on Hollywood that normally shows up when a star is around or a red carpet premiere is happening…

Oh yeah, did I mention this is HOLLYWOOD?  Every week some big event is going on.  Just last week I’m excited to say that Katy Perry performed live and for free right here for the opening of her new Katy Perry 3D: Part Of Me. Yup, there she was in her cotton candy glasses and popcorn skirt, performing “Hot And Cold,” “Part Of Me” and “Kissed A Girl outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Katy Perry nows how to pick out the most spectacular clothing! We like this popcorn and movie reel 2 piece. Edible?

Katy Perry nows how to pick out the most spectacular clothing! We like this popcorn and movie reel 2 piece. Edible?

Katy Perry & her candy colored dancers

Katy Perry & her candy colored dancers

Over the top lollipops...yup, just another day in Hollywood.

Over the top lollipops…yup, just another day in Hollywood.

Katy Perry belting it out to happy fans on Hollywood Boulevard

Katy Perry belting it out to happy fans on Hollywood Boulevard

What is Katy Perry 3D all about?  A write up from HuffPost sums it up and adds a little fodder to the continuing ex-hubbie Russel Brand rumor mill:

Katy Perry: Part Of Me is an expertly edited and directed concert documentary about a girl who has gone from singing in church to being one of the most famous faces on the planet. Many wondered how much screen time Perry’s recent ex-husband, Russell Brand, would get — especially since he reportedly asked for scenes to be removed from the film. Aside from some crowd boos when Brand first came on screen, the rest of the theater felt excited, inspired and happy.

Come visit us at LA City Tours and find out what all the crazy Hollywood hub bub is about!  We’ll take you to see the Stars’ Homes and cruise for celebs, or set you up on a trip to Santa Monica Pier and beaches and fill you in on other things to do!  If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard for shopping tours, trips to Santa Monica beach, LAX layover, or entire Los Angeles vacation packages.  Today is a great day to go!  Every day is a great day in southern california, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!