Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 February 2013

Marilyn Monroe Discovered in Palm Springs

Photograph of Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs The winter months always attract visitors from the north and east to our local desert community in Palm Springs, California.  Mild weather to us Californians means light jackets and socks, to those from winter climes we’re talking shorts and t-shirts, bathing suits and golf togs.

A special treat for everyone this year is a wonderful giant sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose captured in the film The Seven Year Itch.  This 26′ tall, 17-ton Seward Johnson
(of Johnson & Johnson) work is a lifelike homage to a queen of the silver screen.  She stands in the center of town drawing admirers, gawkers and some very strange people to meander all around her, framed by clear blue skies and the nearby mountains.


TPhotograph of Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs, CAhe sculpture was erected last May and is not a permanent resident of the neighborhood — at least not yet.  There is some controversy surrounding the highly sexualized yet iconic image (and fascination with the lacy panties, a photograph we are withholding to avoid the controversy ourselves).  Yet, Marilyn Monroe was discovered at the local raquet club and sat for Bruno Bernard, famous pin-up photographer, and met Hollywood talent agent Johnny Hyde there. She apparently always loved this beautiful desert village.

Photograph of Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs, CA




Palm Springs is less than 2-hours drive from our fair city so a private Los Angeles tour out to the desert is reasonable.  We can also fly by helicopter or private jet and spend more of a day trip seeing the desert and noting all the Hollywood history attached to this town.

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