Marilyn’s Former Home

For some reason lately I have been obsessing on Miss Marilyn Monroe.  I never really had any interest in her until recently, had never even seen any of her movies all the way through, and generally never really had an opinion about her one way or another.  But that all changed about two weeks ago when my acting teacher recommended that I study some of Marilyn’s films.  I rented The Seven Year Itch  and ever since  have become completely obsessed. I had no idea how absolutely adorable Marilyn was!  She completely lit up the screen anytime she was on it.  For those of you who have yet to see any of her movies, I highly recommend renting The Seven Year Itch.  My favorite scene is when she leans out of her second story window and announces to her neighbor “I just washed my hair!” with the same excitment as if she had just booked a movie role.  It’s hilarious!  🙂

So last week, when I found the address of one of Marilyn’s first residences, a small studio apartment, in my fave stalking book, I dragged my boyfriend right out to stalk it.  Marilyn lived in the property during the year 1942.  At the time, Marilyn, who was then known as Norma Jean Baker, was 16 years old and had just married her first husband Jim Dougherty.  Some refer to the studio as her “first honeymoon home”.  But when we arrived at the address, we discovered that Marilyn’s former home is no longer there.  😦 

When my boyfriend and I pulled up to the address, we saw a sign announcing an apartment for rent in what I assumed was Marilyn’s former building.  In what definitely constitutes a stalker maneuver, we called the phone number and asked for a tour of the available apartment.  🙂  I was hoping the vacant apartment was the one Marilyn had actually lived in back in 1942.  But the super nice property manager explained to me that long ago there used to be a single family home and a small studio sized guest house located on the property.  The guest house is where Marilyn lived in 1942.  Both homes were torn down many years back to make room for the apartment building that is standing there today.  Today stalkers can only visit the land where Marilyn’s former home once stood.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The apartment building where Marilyn’s former home used to be located can be found at 4524 Vista Del Monte in Sherman Oaks.  The property manager said tourists flock to the building constantly to take pictures.  He said he’s even seen news-people holding newscasts in front of the building on occasion.  🙂

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