Photos: Marilyn Monroe’s star nonetheless shines vivid, 60 years after her loss of life

Like ripples on a pond, her reminiscence lives on by the individuals who have fun her and bear in mind her.

Aug. 4 will mark the sixtieth anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s loss of life.

She would have been 96 this yr.

Some relate to her quietly, whereas others have devoted their lives to preserving her story alive.

Many inform tales of how she has impressed them and has gotten them by robust occasions. Some are captivated by her magnificence. Others really feel she has been misunderstood and her intelligence underestimated.

Some merely take pleasure in her films. There are few nonetheless dwelling who knew her personally. Her crypt at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park is visited recurrently and flowers nonetheless arrive almost day by day.

There may be additionally the “business of Marilyn.” Marilyn is a giant vacationer attract Southern California. Throughout the top of the COVID-19 pandemic, her likenesses, small and enormous, have been displayed to usher in badly wanted vacationer {dollars}.

Merely put, there is just one Marilyn, and she or he remains to be a magnetic drive in Southern California.

Preserving her reminiscence

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Greg Schreiner is the president of the Marilyn Remembered fan membership. Schreiner has an enormous assortment of the star’s private objects.

“I wish that I had known her, and that’s why I started collecting — so I could get to know her better.”

“I didn’t know her, of course, but I’ve met dozens of people that did know her. They said that she had a very warm, giving, loving personality. She was the kind of person you’d want to hang around.”

— Greg Schreiner

Annual memorial service

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A memorial service for Marilyn Monroe is held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park on Aug. 5, 2021, the identical chapel the place her memorial was held 59 years earlier.

The Marilyn Remembered fan membership has hosted common conferences and arranged occasions together with the annual memorial service for almost 40 years.

Established in 1982, the membership was based by 4 Monroe followers who met by probability at her crypt on the anniversary of her loss of life. The membership’s mission: “To preserve the memory of Marilyn Monroe with dignity and grace.”

Classmate Renee Taylor

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Actress Renee Taylor, now 89, spoke eventually yr’s memorial service and recounted how Monroe shared magnificence suggestions together with her.

“I don’t think she got credit for her great performances.”

— Actress Renee Taylor

Taylor and Monroe have been in Lee Strasberg’s performing class collectively.

“She would stand in front of everybody and be critiqued in class. It was impressive that she would be vulnerable like that,” Taylor mentioned.

Monroe informed her the key to gentle pores and skin was to be coated in Vaseline whereas taking baths for hours at a time. She additionally informed Taylor that consuming grapes would assist. Taylor tried each and mentioned neither was as profitable as she’d hoped.

18,000 roses over 20 Years

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Baseball nice Joe DiMaggio, Monroe’s second husband, had six purple roses delivered thrice every week to her crypt for greater than 20 years, in response to Susan Hail, proprietor of the Parisian Florist.

They delivered greater than 18,000 roses in all.

Then in the future, DiMaggio got here into the store and mentioned “that’s enough” and discontinued the deliveries.

Monroe’s funeral and casket association have been one among Hail’s father’s first jobs as a florist. The family-owned store continues to function and gives flowers for a lot of of Monroe’s buddies and followers who proceed to purchase them to honor her.

Marilyn on the Hollywood Roosevelt resort

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In honor of her ninety fifth birthday on June 1, 2021, the Hollywood Roosevelt resort screened “Some Like it Hot,” one among Monroe’s most well-known films.

The Hollywood Roosevelt swimming pool is the location of a Monroe picture shoot in 1951.

“I discovered my femininity via Marilyn. … I’ve enjoyed paying homage to her all these years.”

— Jessica “Sugar” Kiper, Marilyn Monroe impersonator

“Forever Marilyn”

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The 26-foot-tall, 24,000-pound stainless-steel and aluminum sculpture “Forever Marilyn” was put in in Palm Springs. Adam Garey removes a protecting cowl from the sculpture.

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Cher-Javier, a Monroe impersonator in Palm Springs, mentioned: “I have tons of books about her. What inspires me about her is her rise from the tragic life she led. It’s unbelievable. She was just this little orphan girl.”

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A Marilyn Remembered fan membership member shows a portrait she gained as a prize at a vacation luncheon hosted by the membership at El Coyote Mexican restaurant on Dec. 11, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Nonetheless a presence on Hollywood Boulevard

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Artist Julio Cesar Castellanos of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum places ending touches on a Marilyn Monroe determine on the anniversary of her delivery in 2021. Along with his work on the museum, Castellanos makes a speciality of Marilyn Monroe reproduction robes.

“She has an enduring influence on today’s fashion and beauty.”

— Artist Julio Cesar Castellanos

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A Marilyn Monroe model is put in on the TCL Chinese language Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in March 2021.

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Like household

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From left, Marilyn Remembered membership members Monica Shahri, Jeanne Witczak and Jessica “Sugar” Kiper on the membership’s vacation luncheon on Dec. 11, 2021, are photographed by fan Christopher R. Elliott.

“I met her in a previous life.”

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Ezequiel Banuelos, 25, from Torrance, visits Monroe’s crypt on the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park on her ninety fifth birthday. Flowers from the Immortal Marilyn and Marilyn Remembered fan golf equipment are displayed.

“She is a very big inspiration, and someone who helped me get through the toughest of times. I met her in a previous life, and she’d tell me, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll get through this,’” mentioned Banuelos.

“What I’m doing, that’s just love.”

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Steve Gonzales cleans Marilyn Monroe’s star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame.

“I was born in love with Marilyn Monroe. What I’m doing, that’s just love,” mentioned Gonzales, who has been cleansing her Stroll of Fame star for the final 5 years.

Amy Gaskin is a Los Angeles-based photographer with a ardour for storytelling.