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latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death


Like ripples on a pond, her memory lives on through the people who celebrate and remember her.

August 4 will mark the 60th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death.

She would have been 96 this year.

Some relate to her quietly, while others have dedicated their lives to keeping her story alive.

Many tell how she inspired them and helped them through difficult times. Some are captivated by its beauty. Others think she was misunderstood and her intelligence underestimated.

Some simply enjoy his films. Few knew her personally. His crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park is visited regularly and flowers still arrive almost daily.

There is also the “Marilyn affair”. Marilyn is a big tourist attraction in Southern California. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, his portraits, large and small, were displayed to bring in much-needed tourist dollars.

Simply put, there’s only one Marilyn, and she’s still a magnetic force in Southern California.

Preserve his memory

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Greg Schreiner is the president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club. Schreiner has an extensive collection of the star’s personal items.

“I wish I had known her, and that’s why I started collecting – to get to know her better.”

“I didn’t know her, of course, but I met dozens of people who knew her. They said she had a very warm, generous and loving personality. He was the kind of person you would want to hang out with.

—Greg Schreiner

Annual memorial service

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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A memorial service for Marilyn Monroe is being held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park on August 5, 2021, the same chapel where her memorial was held 59 years earlier.

The Marilyn Remembered fan club has held regular meetings and events, including the annual memorial service for nearly 40 years.

Established in 1982, the club was founded by four Monroe fans who met by chance in her crypt on the anniversary of her death. The club’s mission: “To preserve the memory of Marilyn Monroe with dignity and grace.”

Classmate Renee Taylor

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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Actress Renee Taylor, now 89, spoke at last year’s memorial service and shared how Monroe shared beauty tips with her.

“I don’t think she got any credit for her great performances.”

— Actress Renee Taylor

Taylor and Monroe were together in Lee Strasberg’s acting class.

“She stood in front of everyone and was criticized in class. It was impressive that she was vulnerable like that,” Taylor said.

Monroe told her the secret to soft skin was being covered in Vaseline while taking baths for hours at a time. She also told Taylor that eating grapes would help. Taylor tried both and said neither had been as successful as she had hoped.

18,000 roses over 20 years

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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Baseball great Joe DiMaggio, Monroe’s second husband, had six red roses delivered three times a week to his crypt for more than 20 years, according to Susan Hail, owner of the Paris florist.

They delivered over 18,000 roses in all.

Then one day DiMaggio walked into the store and said “enough” and halted deliveries.

One of Hail’s father’s first jobs as a florist was the funeral and arrangement of Monroe’s casket. The family shop continues to operate and provides flowers to many of Monroe’s friends and fans who continue to purchase flowers to honor her.

Marilyn at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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In honor of her 95th birthday on June 1, 2021, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel screened “Some Like it Hot,” one of Monroe’s most famous films.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Pool is the site of a Monroe photoshoot in 1951.

“I discovered my femininity through Marilyn. … I’ve enjoyed paying homage to him all these years.

— Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, Marilyn Monroe impersonator

“Forever Marilyn”

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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The 26-foot-tall, 24,000-pound stainless steel and aluminum sculpture “Forever Marilyn” was installed in Palm Springs. Adam Garey removes a protective cover from the sculpture.

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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Cher-Javier, a Monroe impersonator in Palm Springs, said, “I have tons of books on her. What inspires me about her is her rise after the tragic life she led. It’s incredible. She was just this little orphan girl.

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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A member of the Marilyn Remembered fan club displays a portrait she won as a prize during a holiday luncheon hosted by the club at El Coyote Mexican restaurant on December 11, 2021 in Los Angeles.

Always present on Hollywood Boulevard

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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Artist Julio Cesar Castellanos of Madame Tussaud’s wax museum puts the finishing touches on a Marilyn Monroe figurine on the anniversary of her birth in 2021. In addition to her work at the museum, Castellanos specializes in Replica Marilyn Monroe dresses.

“She has a lasting influence on fashion and beauty today.”

— Artist Julio Cesar Castellanos

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

A Marilyn Monroe model sits at the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in March 2021.

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like family

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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From left, Marilyn Remembered club members Monica Shahri, Jeanne Witczak and Jessica “Sugar” Kiper at the club’s holiday luncheon on Dec. 11, 2021, are photographed by fan Christopher R. Elliott.

“I met her in a past life.”

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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Ezequiel Banuelos, 25, of Torrance, visits Monroe’s crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park on his 95th birthday. Flowers from the Immortal Marilyn and Marilyn Remembered fan clubs are on display.

“She’s a really big inspiration and someone who got me through the toughest times. I met her in a past life and she was like, ‘Don’t worry, you’re okay. ‘will come out of it,'” Banuelos said.

“What I do is just love.”

latest news Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star still shines brightly, 60 years after her death

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Steve Gonzales cleans Marilyn Monroe’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“I was born in love with Marilyn Monroe. What I do is just love,” said Gonzales, who has been cleaning his Walk of Fame star for five years.

Amy Gaskin is a Los Angeles-based photographer with a passion for storytelling.



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