Lipstick kisses adorn the crypt of Marilyn Monroe at an Aug. 5, 1997, memorial… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)
Since my article about the enduring appeal of Marilyn Monroe appeared in Sunday’s Image section, I’ve received several emails about upcoming events scheduled on or around Aug. 5, which marks the 50th anniversary of her passing.
Meet and greet
The Hollywood Museum, which already has an extensive Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collection on exhibit through Sept. 2, (one of our compatriots shares the details here), is hosting a meet and greet with two men whose collections are on exhibit: Greg Schreiner (president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club) and collector Scott Fortner.
Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 Highland Ave., L.A.
George Barris, a celebrity photographer and friend of Monroe’s (he was the last to photograph her before her death) will be sharing his personal stories and signing copies of his book “Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe's Revealing Last Words and Photographs,” for fans at the Hollywood Museum. (Our compatriots in the book section provide additional details here.)
Saturday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 Highland Ave., L.A.
If you’re headed to the desert, the Viceroy Hotel & Resort in Palm Springs is celebrating the anniversary of Monroe’s death with a “Some Like It Cool” event that is scheduled to include KCRW DJ Valida spinning tunes at the pool, an ice plunge at the Estrella Spa, Marilyn-themed cocktails and an appearance by “Marilyn Monroe” (note the quotes).
Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Viceroy Hotel and Resort, 415 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs. RSVP required by Aug. 1.
A memorial service sponsored by the Marilyn Remembered Fan Club is scheduled for noon on the actual 50thanniversary of the actress’passing, with fans gathering at Westwood Memorial Park, followed by a reception at the Westwood Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
Sunday, Aug. 5, at noon, Pierce Bros. Westwood Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Ave., L.A.
American Cinematheque is screening Monroe's "The River of No Return" (1954) at the Egyptian Theatre, preceded by a book signing by Lois Banner, author of "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox."
Sunday, Aug. 5, book signing 6:30 p.m., screening 7:30 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., $11 ($7 for members)
Visit Marilyn’s star
For Marilyn fans looking to do something on their own, there’s always the option of visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where you can press your palms into her handprints in the cement or swing by her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which, according to The Times' Hollywood Star Walk project, can be found on the south side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
Another fan club, Immortal Marilyn, has organized a series of bus trips, walking tours, screenings and pool parties, all of which are detailed at the group’s 2012 Memorial Page.
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