Marilyn’s First, and Last, Home

Just finished another excellent book about the life and times of Miss Marilyn Monroe.  The book, Goddess, was recommended to me by a staff member at Vroman’s – even though it is currently out of print – who said it was the definitive biography about the star.  See why I love that bookstore?!?  🙂

Anyway, reading the book reminded me that a couple of years back, on our annual Haunted Hollywood tour, my boyfriend and I did a little stalking of the house where Marilyn Monroe took her final breath.  This was actually the first, and last, home Miss Monroe every owned.  She purchased the house in 1961, but didn’t officially move in until March of 1962, just six months before her death. 

While shopping for homes in 1961, Marilyn decided she wanted a place close in both proximity and looks to her therapist, Dr. Ralph Greenson’s, home.  The Spanish style home on Fifth Helena Drive fit the bill, as it looked very similar to Dr. Greenson’s home and was located only a few short miles away.  According to Goddess, Marilyn actually cried while signing the final papers as she said she never imagined she would be purchasing a home alone.  Ironically, after moving in to the home, Marilyn had a plaque placed above her door which read “Cursom Perificio”.  Translation – “My Journey Ends Here”.   How right she was.

Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot to see of the home from the street as there is a huge wall surrounding it.  But it was still very cool to visit, and I highly recommend stalking it if you are at all Marilyn fan.  According to Goddess, Marilyn absolutely loved her little Spanish bungalow and was personally handpicking all of the furnishings before her death.  She even made a trip to Mexico shortly before her death to pick up some decorations for the home.  (In the above photo a large green home is visible above Marilyn’s gate – that is a neighbor’s house, not hers.) 

Remember to be courteous when stalking and not to disturb the home’s current residents.  From what I have read they do not take kindly to tourists taking pictures in front of their house.  Which begs the question – Then WHY in the heck did they buy one of the world’s most famous houses?? LOL

You can read a brief history of Marilyn’s home here.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Marilyn’s final home is located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood.  The house can be difficult to find as there are many streets in the area with the name “Helena”.   Take South Carmelina Avenue past  First, Second, Third and Fourth Helena Drive and then you will see Fifth Helena, where Marilyn’s home is located.


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