Statue of the blonde bombshell looms high over town

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Marilyn Monroe in Palm SpringsMarilyn Monroe continues to get rave reviews with the return of ‘Forever Marilyn’ to Palm Springs after a seven-year hiatus.  Visitors to the popular desert
playground flock to the corner of Museum Way and Belardo Road  to photograph and ogle the million dollar statue.

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The 26-foot statue  went up in 2012 fueling much controversy about its backside view and location.  Although visitors loved it, Norma Jean didn’t make the final cut. Alas she was  later taken and shipped out of town.

Now,  seven-years after,  she’s back and bringing in the crowds.  Perhaps PS got the “Seven Year Itch”?

At that time I wrote

In honor one of the city’s most iconic guests, Palm Springs erected a 26-foot-high statue of Marilyn Monroe.  The blonde bombshell was a frequent visitor to the area, along with scads of fellow movie stars who began flocking to the gilded desert in the 1920s.

The unveiling of the 34,300-ton, bronze and stainless steel sculpture took  place May 24. In  in downtown Palm Springs on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way where it  will be on display through June 2013. The stagy statue by American artist Seward Johnson , named “Forever Marilyn”, represents one of the most famous images of Marilyn Monroe, taken from the film The Seven Year Itch.

The legendary two-hour rule of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway.  Actors under contract had to be available within two-hours from the studio for last minute film/photo shoots.

Marilyn Monroe’s claim to fame began Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club in Palm Springs in 1949. Johnny Hyde from William Morris Agency saw Bruno Bernard, taking photos her by the pool. The photos are now the most famous ones of the icon.

Palm Springs area resident and celebrity photographer, Bill Kobrin, was one of the photographers capturing the iconic subway-grate scene that 20thCentury Fox used for their promotional purposes.  He was doing publicity stills of Marilyn Monroe for The Seven Year Itch.

The sexy statue is quite the attraction with visitors flocking to its feet for photo ops. It’s nice to see her back in town where she belongs.

Fall, by-the-way, is an ideal time to visit Palm Springs.



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