I Love LA Self-Guided Tour Series: Marilyn Monroe
This is a self-guided tour of about 40 sites that relate to places icon Marilyn Monroe lived, worked and played in Los Angeles. Do this tour at your leisure, and feel what life must have been like for Marilyn. More
This guide was compiled from my own research, reading a great variety of articles and information on the life of Marilyn Monroe, particularly when she was living and working in Los Angeles. Originally it was a half-day guided tour that I did for visitors and friends. However, I had requests to create a self-guided tour so that visitors to Los Angeles could do the tour on their own. It contains roughly 40 Marilyn-related sites. It is not the definitive guide, nor did I plan it to be, but it is a good representation of the major places a fan might want to see.
The beauty of this guide is that you can do bits and pieces of it, and spread it out over several days, or you can try to squeeze everything in during a day. It can be done, but it will be more fun if you can linger a bit, and dream about what it must have been like to live in Los Angeles during the height of Marilyn's fame. Or, you can concentrate on just what interests you.
I have tried to list the major Marilyn-related sites in somewhat of a chronological order. This doesn't necessarily make sense from a geography standpoint, but I believe you must start as Marilyn did, from the beginning, therefore the tour starts in downtown Los Angeles. Much of Marilyn's history is concentrated in old Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. While you may be able to walk to some of the places, you'll definitely want to rent or borrow a car too. Try to make it a convertible!
Keep in mind, Los Angeles didn't get its reputation for bad traffic from nowhere, so allow plenty of time to get where you want to go, relax, and have fun!
It is important to note that Los Angeles changes constantly. Some of the buildings that were visible at the time of this publication may not be available in a week, or a month, things change. Also, some of the venues are no longer, so you will have to use a bit of imagination.
I have tried to jot down some of my personal advice or recollections on some of the sites, and I know you'll have your own.
Don't forget to bring your camera too, AND HAVE A BLAST!