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Tribute to Marilyn Monroe on the Boulevard of Dreams

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You can’t be immortal without fans, that’s why those of Marilyn Monroe perpetuate her myth meeting every August 5 to remember her at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, where her remains rest.

It is a very chic little cemetery in the middle of the city, where there are also the graves of Natalie Wood and Dean Martin, with whom Marilyn was filming what would be her last film for 20th Century Fox.

He had stopped her to go to Madison Square Garden in New York to sing happy birthday to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in May. It was rumored that they were or had been lovers. On August 5, 1962, she would be found dead in her bed, due to an overdose of barbiturates mixed with alcohol.

The newspaper, with the news of the death of Marilyn Monroe.  AP Photo

The newspaper, with the news of the death of Marilyn Monroe. AP Photo

more alive than ever

The promotions of events on this anniversary of such a round number insist that 60 years after her death she is more alive than ever.

And Los Angeles above all has that mystique of being the city where she was born in 1926 as Norma Jean Baker and died in 1962 as Marilyn Monroe. It was clearly the city of his dreamswhich he supposedly fed as a girl, living in orphanages and temporary homes in the famous Hollywood neighborhood.

Queen on the walk of fame

As a teenager, Marilyn used to visit Hollywood Boulevard to go to the Chinese theater to see movies, imagining that one day she would become a movie star herself. It is no coincidence that this year, to commemorate the date, the famous Chinese theater wants to hold a celebration that brings together its fans.

In 1951, already converted into a diva, she left her hands and feet imprinted in cement there next to another platinum blonde bombshell, Jane Russell.

On August 6 and 7, at the TCL Chinese Theatre, there will be an exhibition of rare photos, a pop-up museum with artifacts from two major collectors, and the world premiere of the documentary Dream Girlof Ian Ayreswhich promises to illuminate certain parts of her life and her connections to some powerful mentors, who would have helped her be who she became.

Finally they are going to inaugurate a theater that bears their namehow well deserved it is with everything they name it.

Marilyn Monroe, a myth in the United States and in the world.

Marilyn Monroe, a myth in the United States and in the world.

In May, when the Chinese theater turned 95, there was a Marilyn impersonator to cut the cake. Of course, there is no greater icon than her in those few blocks full of famous stars with celebrity names. To the right of the Chinese theater, a few steps, Madame Tusseau’s Wax Museum takes the statue out on the street from time to time of Marilyn for tourists to pose with her.

To your left, diagonally, Ripley’s Museum Believe it or Not, offers a sample of her dresses and now even the original, flesh-colored and full of crystals, which he used to sing to the president the happy birthday sexiest in memory.

Marilyn, the blonde feminist

Marilyn Monroe will finally have a theater named after her.

Marilyn Monroe will finally have a theater named after her.

His image inspires adoration and also controversy. In Palm Springs, a desert resort town two hours from Hollywood, some cherished people aren’t happy with a 25-foot statue of Marilyn, her skimpy white dress flying like in her movie The seventh year itch.

It was bought for a million dollars by some hotel owners to attract tourists and installed it at the entrance of the local museum.

In the #MeToo era, at least 50 thousand inhabitants who took the trouble to collect signatures they found it shocking and sexist to stop her there, almost in underpants, poor Marilyn. She would not have liked it, they insist.

A small group of those who never fail got angry on the contrary, thinking that I was a bit of an exhibitionist. For the moment, it’s still there, easy to see from afar, trying not to let its skirt fly off.

In her frivolity could be found, like the one that inspires that gesture devised by a director, but also had a lot of affinity with the Californian counterculture. So says a famous feminist, who considers her one of her own. Marilyn, elaborates the intellectual, would have sexualized herself on purposeto gain power in an industry run by men.

New Zealand film director Blonde, which premieres in September with the Cuban Ana de Armas as the protagonist, wanted to analyze precisely how her childhood of abuse made her make decisions as an adult. The rest is myth. What the certainty that she slept nakeddressed only in drops of Chanel No 5.

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