2008:  Marilyn Monroe – American Icon


The Hollywood Museum is pleased to announce the premiere of “Marilyn Monroe: American Icon,” quite possibly the largest Monroe exhibit ever. The exhibit was announced by the Hollywood Museum, located in the historic Max Factor Building.

“Marilyn Monroe: American Icon” showcases hundreds of items representing the public and private life of Marilyn Monroe. Costumes from “Let’s Make Love,” “The Prince and The Showgirl,” and “How To Marry A Millionaire, ” along with Monroe’s personal evening cape, worn to the 1955 world premiere of the James Dean film “East of Eden” highlight this exhibit. Monroe’s personal film scripts for “Niagara” and “How To Marry A Millionaire” are also featured. Several Monroe worn gowns designed by Oscar winning designer William “Billy” Travilla are on display, along with many other famous film worn and publicity gowns. Clothing, including dresses, accessories and furs from Marilyn’s personal wardrobe, makeup, books from her home library and furniture from her final residence in Brentwood are exhibited as well. Many of Monroe’s personal documents, including her Screen Actors Guild membership card, bank statements and signed bank checks, and many other personal items are also on display.

The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building features more than 7,000 eye-popping exhibits that range from early film days to the present, including the original 3-strip Technicolor camera used to film “Gone With the Wind,” to “Planet of the Apes,” “Jurassic Park,” “Master and Commander,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Minority Report, “and the Hannibal Lecter jail cell where Anthony Hopkins was incarcerated in his Academy Award-winning role in “The Silence of the Lambs” and the more recent “Red Dragon.” Another highlight is the array of Max Factor’s world famous makeup rooms (“Blondes Only,” “Redheads Only,” “Brunettes Only” and “Brownettes Only”) where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Max Factor had the inspiration to transform Lucille Ball into a redhead. Visit the historic photo gallery featuring the largest collection of b&w historic photos on public display. Enjoy viewing the largest collection ever assembled of costumes, props, and personal effects of hundreds of stars including Tom Cruise, Elvis Presley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey, Reese Witherspoon, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Charlie Chaplin, and many more!

“Marilyn Monroe: American Icon”

WHERE: The Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood
WHEN: 10 am to 5 pm Thursday through Sunday
Begins June 1 and ends August 31, 2008
PRICE: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and children under 12.
Public Info: (323) 464-7776

Exhibit Photos:

For exhibit photos, click here.

As Seen On “Entertainment Tonight”

“Marilyn Monroe: American Icon” was showcased on Entertainment Tonight’s live broadcast on Wednesday, August 6, 2008.

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