On Aug. 5, 2012, the world will remember the 50th anniversary of the death of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. California has long commemorated her memory with tours, exhibits and behind-the-scenes looks into the life of one of the world’s most iconic celebrities. Today there are more attractions related to her life and film career than ever.
From toasting Monroe and the glamorous movie-making era she represents at the Beverly Hills Hotel's famed Polo Lounge, to recreating your own Old Hollywood film shoot on Newport Beach, become immersed in the Golden Age of film while exploring California. Here are just a few key places to stop on your own Marilyn-inspired tour of California.
Life of Marilyn Tour (Aug. 5, 2012)
The Life of Marilyn: Trace the life of Marilyn Monroe on this special tour taking place Aug 5, 2012. Visit the hospital where she was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson in East Los Angeles, the Paramount Pictures lot, her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Museum, where a collection of her personal items is on exhibit. The tour ends at her grave near Dean Martin and other greats of the Golden Age of film. <a href="http://on.fb.me/Q6mLgI" target="_hplink"> Life of Marilyn Tour </a>
"Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit"
New "Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit" at The Hollywood Museum (Through Sept. 2, 2012): In celebration of Monroe's career, the nation's largest exhibit of Monroe memorabilia will showcase the million-dollar dress she wore on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio, and the dresser that was next to her bed when she died, on display for the first time. Relive the legend and the glamour of Marilyn, and view never-before-seen images of the star. http://bit.ly/JQJh97
Forever Marilyn statue, Palm Springs
"Forever Marilyn" Statue: Visit the 26-foot tall, life-like statue of Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs. Formerly located in Chicago, the 34,000 lb. statue of Monroe in her iconic white halter dress was recently relocated to California at P.S. Resorts, where it will be on display through June 2013. <a href="http://bit.ly/LDGgxE" target="_hplink">Forever Marilyn</a>
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Have lunch at Mel's Diner then explore the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Find Monroe's star, awarded to her in 1960, on the South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard. http://www.walkoffame.com
Pay Your Respects to Marilyn
Memorialize Marilyn: Visit Monroe's final resting place at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. Since her death in 1962, fans have tinged Monroe's crypt red from kissing the wall of her above-ground marble crypt. www.pbwvmortuary.com
Starline's Movie Stars' Homes Tour
Starline's Movie Stars' Homes Tour: This two-hour daily tour of more than 40 celebrity homes, highlights both stars of the Golden Age of film as well as modern-day celebrities in Los Angeles. See the Roosevelt Hotel where Marilyn Monroe had her first photo shoot as well as the former homes of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. This is the entrance to Monroe's last house, in Brentwood, where she died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962. <a href="www.starlinetours.com" target="_hplink">Starline Tours</a>
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
<a href="http://www.hoteldel.com" target="_hplink">Hotel del Coronado</a>: Explore this San Diego icon, the location for Monroe's acclaimed 1959 comedy "Some Like it Hot." Vacation like a star by staying at the ornate Victorian hotel where Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Monroe dazzled audiences in what's regarded as the No. 1 comedy of all time by the American Film Institute. <a href="http://www.hoteldel.com" target="_hplink">www.hoteldel.com</a>
Cannery Row in Monterey: Visit Monterey where Monroe starred in the 1952 drama "Clash By Night." Take the three-hour Monterey Movie Tour to learn about the hundreds of films shot in and around Monterey, including the 1959 classic, "A Summer Place," and "Play Misty for Me," which was Clint Eastwood's directorial debut in 1971. <a href="http://bit.ly/PSq7UY" target="_hplink">Monterey Movie Tours</a>