The late actress gets star billing at the Hol­ly­wood Mu­seum’s new ex­hi­bi­tion.

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - By Su­san King Su­san.king@la­

The Hol­ly­wood Mu­seum’s new Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe Miss­ing Mo­ments ex­hi­bi­tion is noth­ing if not com­pre­hen­sive.

It fea­tures the star’s per­sonal ac­ces­sories, her cos­tumes from such films as 1955’s “The Seven Year Itch,” her re­frig­er­a­tor and even med­i­ca­tion found on her night­stand on Aug. 6, 1962, the night of her death.

Donelle Dadi­gan, the founder and pres­i­dent of the Hol­ly­wood Mu­seum, at the old Max Fax­tor build­ing on High­land Av­enue, said the ex­hi­bi­tion spans Mon­roe’s en­tire life, from her child­hood, through her ca­reer, her loves, her mar­riages, her un­timely death at age 36, and her le­gacy for gen­er­a­tions of movie fans.

One high­light of the ex­hi­bi­tion, which con­tin­ues through Sept. 6, are pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished Mon­roe pho­tos by Mil­ton H. Greene, best known for his mes­mer­iz­ing por­traits of the sex sym­bol. The two met in 1953 when he shot the up-and­com­ing actress for Look


The pho­tos in­clude stu­dio por­traits and can­dids of her on the set of 1956’s “Bus Stop” and with such celebri­ties as Ed­ward R. Mur­row and Sammy Davis Jr.

Dadi­gan ac­quired some 1,000 never-be­fore-pub­lished Greene images of Mon­roe a few years ago at auc­tion.

“We have the neg­a­tives, the trans­paren­cies and the copy­rights,” said Dadi­gan, who will be adding more Greene pho­tos as well as Mon­roe pho­tos shot by other pho­tog­ra­phers dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The mu­seum, said Dadi­gan, has an in­ter­na­tional net­work of donors. “This time we have five dif­fer­ent col­lec­tions from all around the­world.”

Jill Adams do­nated col­lectibles that in­clude Mon­roe Bar­bie dolls, drink­ing glasses, ce­ramic fig­urines and even a wine called Mar­i­lyn Mer­lot.

“Her pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ues to grow over the years,” said Adams. “Peo­ple want an at­tach­ment to her in any way shape or form. I loved her since I was 6 years old. It was be­cause of my grandma. She re­lated to Mar­i­lyn— she was of the same time pe­riod.” Mon­roe, who would have been89 this year, “has got­ten more popular as the years have passed,” noted Dadi­gan. “With Mar­i­lyn, there­are peo­ple who come from around the world for pil­grim­ages [to Los An­ge­les] for her birth­day and they come for the an­niver­sary of her death.”

Dadi­gan be­lieves that men were at­tracted to Mon­roe’s beauty as well as her vul­ner­a­bil­ity. “They wanted to res­cue her.” Women also loved Mon­roe, Dadi­gan adds, be­cause “she had that re­al­ness that women could re­late to. She had is­sues, she made mis­takes.”

Among the other high­lights of the ex­hi­bi­tion:

Mon­roe’s USO and Joe DiMag­gio hon­ey­moon dresses.

Jew­elry from1953’s “Gen­tle­man Pre­fer Blon­des” and “How to Marry a Mil­lion­aire.”

Mon­roe’s own hot pink Pucci top and black satin jeans.

Her makeup chair and makeup kit.

Pho­to­graphs fromher child­hood.

Mil­ton H. Greene

MAR­I­LYN MON­ROE at a 1950s photo shoot, one of about 1,000 un­pub­lished images by Mil­ton H. Greene.

Pho­to­graphs by Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

ME­MORA­BILIA on dis­play in the Hol­ly­wood Mu­seum’s Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe ex­hibit. Other items to see are her per­sonal ac­ces­sories, cos­tumes and even her fridge.

A PRO­DUC­TION PIC­TURE of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe from 1953’s “Gen­tle­men Pre­fer Blon­des” is on ex­hibit.

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