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Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Legend … Now At The Hollywood Museum

 “Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Legend”

 An Intimate Look At The Legend (1926 –1962)

The Nation’s Largest Exhibit Of Authentic Memorabilia Honors Monroe’s Life and the 50th Anniversary Milestone of Her Passing 


Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Legend,” the nation’s largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia celebrating the fabled actress’ life at The Hollywood Museum due to popular demand.  This year marks the 50th anniversary milestone of Monroe’s passing. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. at Hollywood and Highland.  

The scope of the exhibition encompasses Marilyn Monroe’s million-dollar honeymoon dress; publicity gowns; jewelry from her films, special appearances, and personal collection; clothing and accessories from her personal wardrobe; original documents and private files from her home in Brentwood; original Marilyn Monroe photographs; and many Marilyn Monroe personally owned artifacts including: 

  • The million-dollar honeymoon dress that Marilyn wore on her honeymoon with husband, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in 1954.  This was Marilyn’s favorite personal gown, designed by Ceil Chapman, hand-beaded in Marilyn’s signature style.  She wore this gown on numerous occasions over the balance of her life, including on her USO tour to Korea (1954) where she entertained 10,000 troops over the course of several days.
  • Never before seen photographs, including the photos taken in Marilyn’s last professional photo shoot, by her close personal friend, George Barris.
  • “Red Velvet” photo session and infamous “Golden Dreams” calendar: In 1949, Marilyn Monroe was a struggling young actress. To earn quick money for a delinquent car payment, Marilyn accepted $50 to pose nude for photographer Tom Kelley, in what became known as the legendary “Red Velvet” photos.
  • Max Factor ‘s “Blondes Only Makeup Room,” where he gave Marilyn her famous blonde hair; and also see Marilyn’s makeup case and other personal items on display.
  • A vial of prescription medication, known as Decadron, found in Marilyn’s bedside table the morning after she died.  
  • Original contemporary works of art by famed artist LUDVIC.
  • A vast photograph collection of many never-before-seen photos of Marilyn’s childhood, family and early modeling career, including an array of photographs showing how Monroe lived, worked and played in Los Angeles.
  • The Nikon camera and lens that George Barris used during Marilyn’s last official photo session is on display.
  • Marilyn Monroe’s personal letters, invoices, receipts, and financial accounting documents showcasing in great detail the personal and very private life of the greatest film star of all time.
  • And much more…


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“The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building is considered the perfect venue for this exhibit since it is actually where the legendary Max Factor originally designed Marilyn’s hair and coloring,” says Museum Founder and President Donelle Dadigan. “When you walk into the ‘FOR BLONDES ONLY ROOM,’ you feel Marilyn Monroe’s presence.”

“Fans of all ages flock to Hollywood from around the world each year to honor Marilyn’s life and memory,” says Dadigan. “The Hollywood Museum is proud to host this definitive and meaningful Marilyn retrospective.”



Proud Sponsors & Contributors
to “Marilyn: The Exhibit”

Alma Corporation
Bison Archives
Carolyn Barris, George Barris Collection
George Barris, Photographer
Gordon Herigstad
Hollygrove and EMQ – Families First Agency
Robert A Delgado, RAD 
Jill Adams
NBC/Universal “Smash”
Scott Fortner, The Marilyn Monroe Collection
The Greg Schreiner Marilyn Monroe Collection
The Marilyn Monroe Estate
The Marilyn Remembered Fan Club
The Hollywood Museum Permanent Collection



About | ●  The Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum, the official museum of Hollywood, has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. The museum, featuring four floors of breathtaking exhibits, is home to more than 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures– one of a kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections and personal artifacts, posters, and vintage memorabilia from favorite films and TV shows. The museum also showcases the history of Hollywood and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

See hundreds of costumes on display, including Marilyn Monroe’s million dollar dress, Elvis’ personal bathrobe, I Love Lucy, Superman, Star Trek, Transformers, Glee, High School Musical, Michael Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, plus Rocky’s boxing gloves, Sopranos, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Beyoncé… See Lucy, Judy, Kate and all the greats! Plus the Rat Pack, Jurassic Park, Baywatch, Jaws, Planet of the Apes, The Flintstones, Harry Potter, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie…and more!!!

Don’t miss the lower level to experience Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Boris Karloff’s mummy, Vampira, Frankenstein and his bride, Elvira– Mistress of the Dark, and other cult horror film favorites.

The Hollywood Museum is housed in the historic Max Factor Building where Max Factor, Hollywood’s Makeup King , created the looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era stars including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mae West, Jean Harlow & Marilyn Monroe and all your favorite stars…from the Silents through the 1970’s… Don’t forget to visit Max Factor’s world famous makeup rooms and see where Hollywood’s greatest stars got their “look”. See where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a famous redhead!

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