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'Marilyn Monroe: The Ultimate Hollywood Icon’ Debuts at The Hollywood Museum
The unprecedented exhibit "Marilyn Monroe: The Ultimate Hollywood Icon," featuring the most extensive collection of priceless Marilyn Monroe memorabilia ever assembled including the actress' personal possessions and furniture, costumes and wardrobe in addition to photography, posters, lobby cards and vintage magazines, will open at The Hollywood Museum on Thursday, August 5, 2004 and be on display through September 12, it was announced today by Donelle Dadigan, President and Founder of The Hollywood Museum. "Marilyn Monroe was the most celebrated of all actresses, a unique legend in her own time whose popularity has continued to grow with movie fans throughout the world," said Donelle Dadigan. "We are delighted to be able to share with the public this once-in-a-lifetime showcase of invaluable Marilyn memorabilia." The exhibit includes hundreds of extraordinary items including original costumes and wardrobe from Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Let's Make Love as well as dresses used for publicity and public appearances. The black gown worn during her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio and USO tour in Korea is one of the exhibit's highlights. Other displays include Marilyn's makeup case, sofa, director's chair and refrigerator from which she retrieved her last meal before her untimely demise. Among the hundreds of photos in the collection are many never before seen and Tom Kelly's nudes, one of which appeared as the centerfold in the first issue of Playboy Magazine. Rounding out the exhibit are numerous vintage magazines and posters from films including Some Like It Hot, How To Marry a Millionaire, There's No Business Like Show Business, Let's Make Love, River of No Return, Let's Make It Legal, Bus Stop, Niagra and The Misfits. Credits: Businesswire Photo: Screenshot from ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, starring Monroe