“Forever Marilyn” is a 26 foot tall, 34,300 pound sculpture. Marilyn Monroe’s connection to Palm Springs spans three decades. She was a regular visitor from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. In 1949, at age 22, she was “discovered” at Charlie Farrell’s Racquet Club by William Morris talent agent Johnny Hyde. It was at the Racquet Club where some of the best know pictures of Marilyn were taken by Bruno Bernard, aka Bernard of Hollywood, poolside in the desert sun. Many believe she often visited Joe DiMaggio’s estate here in the 1950s, and by the early 1960s she owned a small bungalow-style home herself in Las Palmas. She adored the desert.
Pictured are two of the same images in black+white and colour and a third with tourists just to show scale (click on images to view in full).
If you’re travelling through Palm Springs, California, chances are you won’t miss this landmark.
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