In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the Hollywood Museum has a special exhibit on her life. Yep, it’s this weekend, folks. August 5, 1962. First of all, I had no idea Hollywood had a museum. Second, I grew up on the edge of Chicago surrounded by Italians and city “workers”, who may or may not have told me who really killed her. Third, I know that sounds like a Chicago stereotype but you probably haven’t spent much time in the city’s western suburbs. Lastly, look up Sam Giancana henchman and poison expert Leonard ‘Needles’ Gianola, in case you ever wondered why Marilyn didn’t have needle marks. The guy knew what he was doing. Okay, now that I’ve told you all this I’m gonna have to kill you. My apologies.
Anyway, back to the museum…highlights of the exhibit include lots and lots of clothes (her honeymoon dress from her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, costumes from many of her films), the wood dresser and prescription pill bottle that was next to her bed the night she died, rare family photographs, her annotated film scripts and personal letters, and a make-up room where Norma Jean created her “Marilyn” look. And this shit is so exciting that Justin Bieber’s girlfriend has been to see it. Here are some pics from the exhibit. I like how they have a section just on Marilyn’s husbands, like she was Elizabeth Taylor or something.