A Marilyn Monroe Signed Bank Check
October 5, 1951
A cancelled bank check from the personal Bank of America account of Marilyn Monroe. Made payable to Schwab’s Drugs in the amount of $5.00. Dated October 5, 1951, written entirely in Marilyn’s own hand.
Important activities in Marilyn’s life around this time include:
-Release of Love Nest – October 10
-Marilyn appears on the cover of Look magazine for the first time – October 23
Schwab’s Drug Store
8024 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (Demolished in 1989)
Marilyn started going to Schwab’s Drug Store when she was a student at the Actors Lab. Many young actors and actresses used this coffee shop as a base to meet people and (they hoped) be noticed. It was, after all, the place where many people believed Lana Turner had been discovered.
The Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky had offices at Schwab’s Drug Store so that he could see the comings and goings of all the young actors and actresses. Marilyn became friends with him and was often seen driving him home from here after work.
Although there are varying accounts of how Marilyn found out about the small part in the film Love Happy, it is said that she may have heard about it while lunching at Schwab’s.