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Our Private Tour Folks Still Like Her Hot
Marilyn Monroe was a star of stars and continues to imbue the air of Hollywood with her beauty and style. She has been gone now more than 50 years yet we can expect almost daily questions about her from our Los Angeles private tour guests. We not only know much about her but we can take our guests to see the homes where she lived, where she succumbed to a drug overdose, where she is buried, where she met Joe DiMaggio, where she filmed Bus Stop and many more interesting places around Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Along Hollywood Boulevard we might even run into a Marilyn Monroe doppelgänger happy to pose with visitors walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame in exchange for a couple of ducats. A girl has to make a living, after all, and diamonds are a girl’s best friend. She has a star on the famed sidewalk. Nearby her handprints in the Grauman’s Chinese Theater courtyard are unquestionably the most touched and photographed. Her grave in a tiny cemetery not far from Hollywood is always decorated with flowers, mementos and lipstick kisses on the granite face of her tomb. She is never forgotten.
We believe that the name of Marilyn Monroe will never fade from the minds of movie lovers. Despite not having a large filmography the beautiful blond star left a lasting impression on Hollywood history and in the minds of fans born long since her passing. Our custom luxury tour around Los Angeles can include stops at any number of important cemeteries to find the final resting places of filmdom celebrities from the very beginning of the industry until recently. One of our favorite stops is Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery. This tiny graveyard sits behind a movie theater (how appropriate) and a tall office building hidden from the passing street and business traffic. Despite its small size there are big names here to fans of movies and early television. The visits to cemeteries are not the least bit sad on our tours because the names we see bring up happy memories of wonderful films, television shows and music. This cemetery is popular with our guests because so many of the epitaphs are as memorable as the people brought to mind. Forest Lawn, Hollywood Forever and Hillside Memorial are usual stops for us as we take our guests to their pay respects to their favorite movie stars and celebrities.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Our Young Private Tour Guest Knows
As it turns out, our young guest was quite a big fan of Marilyn Monroe and could sing the songs from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her immediate target when her private Los Angeles tour arrived in Hollywood at Grauman’s Chinese Theater was to locate the hand and footprints of Marilyn Monroe and have us take numerous photographs of her posing with the ever popular cement block. She was a big fan of many of the old movie stars. Not so much of the famed courtyard’s most recent addition, Quentin Tarantino. However, the Hunger Games stars (Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson), another recent addition to the celebration of great movie stars (mostly), was another important find for her. Our guides know where the stars handprints are so their guests’ favorites can be quickly found just as they can get their groups to the block on the Walk of Fame where a treasured celebrity has a star and even drive to a local cemetery and visit a star’s final resting place. We understand the importance of connecting our custom tour guests to the great entertainers and filmmakers they love however we can.
Not All Our Private Tour Guests Stay Here
but They All See It
While we love pulling up to the porte–cochère at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel to meet our guests ready for a private luxury tour of Los Angeles, we also make it a point to at least drive by with all of our tour groups while sightseeing in Beverly Hills. This distinguished hotel has so much history associated with the beginnings of Hollywood and Beverly Hills that no sightseeing excursion is complete without stopping by to admire the architecture and landscaping so fitting for its grand setting on Sunset Boulevard. Oh, the stories our guides tell of the famous guests and residents of the “Pink Palace,” its storied past, and all the reasons to not only visit but to make arrangements to stay in the hotel when in Los Angeles. We regularly recommend to our guests wanting to dine somewhere loved by celebrities and Hollywood movers-and-shakers that they enjoy a fabulous lunch at the Polo Lounge. Driving up into the hills along the hotel property gives us a good view of a number of the private bungalows including this one where Marilyn Monroe entertained President John Kennedy on one of his visits to Los Angeles.
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Marilyn Monroe’s Grave
August 5th is remembered every year by many people who adored, and continue to worship in their way, Marilyn Monroe. That Monday in 1962 was a shock to the entire world that induced in many what psychologists refer to as “flashbulb memory,” the exceptionally clear recollection of whereabouts and circumstances when the news was first heard. Much like the assassinations of the Kennedys or Martin Luther King or the Challenger or Columbia space shuttle disasters, the news of Marilyn’s apparent suicide caused the world to stop and take notice. Marilyn Monroe is interred in a tiny but beautiful cemetery in Westwood which is a regular stop for many of our older private Los Angeles tour guests who remember the stars of yesteryear many of whom are buried here. On this particular day there are bouquets and wreaths placed all around her crypt and the lipstick prints left by her many remaining fans. Not a solemn requiem at all but a joyful remembrance of her beauty and vivaciousness and the wonderful films she left us.
If You Love Marilyn Monroe Our
Private Tour is for You
We can visit her gravesite, we can visit her homes, we can drop by her favorite restaurants and nightclubs, but our private Los Angeles tour guests who feel connected to Marilyn Monroe are happiest when we spend time at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Here we can celebrate Marilyn Monroe at her best. Her handprints and footprints in the theater forecourt are there as well as a large image from a photograph taken on the day she placed her hands in the wet cement, one of the most memorable photos taken of either her or the handprint ceremony. Just across Hollywood Boulevard is her Walk of Fame star. We never have to look far, either, to find a hopeful actress or two channeling Marilyn Monroe and happy to pose with visitors wishing a photograph with a Marilyn lookalike.
Our Private Tour Group Honors Marilyn Monroe
We often find ourselves taking our private Los Angeles tour guests to the Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery because they are interested in visiting the grave of Marilyn Monroe. So many well known Hollywood names are found here that it is difficult to count and harder still to take a large tour group to the graves of all the stars they want to remember even in this tiny memorial park. Marilyn Monroe is a frequent request and her crypt is easiest to find. A slightly different color marble graces her space and the flower holder is ALWAYS filled. Our guests love the story of Dick Poncher, the “lucky stiff” interred above Marilyn, whose last request was to be buried facing downwards. By the way, Dick’s space is for sale by his widow. Let us know if you are interested. If you would rather invest in a Beverly Hills home we can arrange for that, too.
We Cater to Our Los Angeles Tour Guests
When our private tour guests indicate to us that they have specific destinations in mind and special interests they wish to pursue on their tour we happily accommodate them. Our guides all pride themselves in having extensive knowledge of all things Los Angeles but each of them, too, has specific knowledge and interests in the area. We always try to pair the guide with the guests when we know in advance what interests the guests possess. In this case our family was devoted to Marilyn Monroe so our Marilyn specialist took them around to the homes, restaurants, bars and studios most closely associated with her, even her grave. Above they are photographed in front of the Beverly Hills home where Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio lived and where the tearful press conference was held when Marilyn announced the end of the marriage. Marilyn Monroe is a subject of many of our blogs here because of her continued popularity and association with locations in and around Los Angeles.
The Hollywood Museum is the official museum of Hollywood with four floors of exhibits and memorabilia on display throughout the year. Occupying the pretty pink art deco Max Factor building in the heart of Hollywood the museum is easy to find even if we are not taking you there on your private luxury tour of Hollywood. The building itself is distinctive and attractive much like the person they are celebrating this summer — Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn has been gone now for 50 years and the Hollywood Museum has dedicated an exhibit to her with photos, clothing and costumes on display through September 2nd. If you love Marilyn as we do this is a must see exhibit. If you take a custom tour with Elite Adventure Tours ask about seeing her homes and visiting her grave. We would love to show you.
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