August 4 marked the 60th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, who would be 96 if she were still alive. Still a sex symbol today, the blonde bombshell started as a pin-up model before going into the cinema. Famous for his comedies such as Some like it hot and Men prefer blondes, she was one of 20th Century Fox’s most bankable stars. She was the focus of the first issue of Playboy magazine and allegedly had an affair with President John F Kennedy. Before the troubled starlet succumbed to an overdose of barbiturates at 36, she left her mark on many glamorous houses.
Originally from Los Angeles, Marilyn grew up on the streets and spent her childhood oscillating between orphanages and foster homes and would maintain the lifestyle of frequent moves for the rest of her life. Married at sixteen, she lived with her first husband in a studio apartment in Sherman Oaks. As her star began to rise, she filed for a quick divorce in Vegas and struck out on her own. After stints at the women-only Hollywood Studio Club and the Beverly Hills Hilton, Marilyn and her second husband, New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio, moved into a sprawling Runyon Canyon mansion. Their marriage only lasted nine months.
Marilyn, once again on her own, then rented the Granville Towers penthouse, one of the most spectacular buildings in West Hollywood. With a French Norman style, the penthouse offers 2,032 square feet over two floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views and magnificent architectural elements. It was recently on the market for $2.49 million.
According to legend, Marilyn’s affair with the dashing JFK took place at the home of his famous friends. One of the president’s most expensive love nests was the 6,700 square foot Rancho Mirage party Bing Crosby superstar pad.
The palm-lined oasis features an oversized pool, a sprawling open floor plan, Moroccan wooden entry doors, three fire pits, and a wet bar. It recently went on sale for $5 million.
The marriage with the playwright Arthur Miller brought Marilyn to New York. The couple married in a charming French country-style lakeside home, located across the street from the 16th hole of the Waccabuc Country Club golf course.
Wrought iron, French doors, arched doorways, and European fireplaces lend an Old World fairytale feel to the six-bedroom, 4,291-square-foot mansion. It was listed for $1.65 million.
The couple split their time between a Manhattan penthouse and a Connecticut estate during the tumultuous five years of their marriage. After her third divorce, the bombshell bought a charming Mediterranean-style house house in the Brentwood neighborhood of LA for $75,000. Built in 1929, the 2,097 square foot home with lots of green grass, flowers and citrus trees was the first home she bought on her own.
Recently listed for $6.9 million, the home sits on more than half an acre of prime real estate in Southern California and features four bedrooms, exposed beams, a Mexican tile fireplace, and a kitchen. pool shaded by mature trees. Four months after buying the house, Marilyn’s body was found face down and naked on the master bed with a phone in her hand. Some say his ghost still haunts the spectacular mansion.