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Marilyn’s back in Palm Springs!

August 8th, 2012

The giant Marilyn Monroe tribute statue is now in Palm Springs
Photo credit: California Travel and Tourism Commission/ Gregg Felsen Photography

Heading to California? A trip to Palm Springs might be in order – and not just for an excellent round of golf!

This past May, “Forever Marilyn”, the much talked about tribute to screen actress Marilyn Monroe, made its way to Palm Springs, California.

Created by American artist and heir to the Johnson & Johnson throne, Seward Johnson, as an homage to the leading lady, the the 26-foot-tall, 34,400 lb bronze and stainless steal installation represents one of the most iconic images of Marilyn’s career, captured on set while she was filming “The Seven Year Itch.” The statue was unveiled in downtown Chicago in July of 2011.

Marilyn has many legendary ties to Palm Springs – she was “discovered” at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club, she is said to have frequented a Movie Colony estate with baseball great Joe DiMaggio, and she owned a 1950s bungalow-style house in Las Palmas.

“Forever Marilyn” can be found in the heart of Palm Springs, on the northwest corner of South Palm Canyon Drive and East Tahquitz Canyon Way through June 2013. Special events are planned over the course of the year to celebrate Marilyn’s birthday in June, and the 50th anniversary of her death in August.

While you’re visiting with Marilyn, don’t forget to stop across the street for a photo op with the life-sized bronze statue of famed funny lady and noteable redhead Lucille Ball in tribute to her “I Love Lucy” days.

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