"Hollywood's a place where they'll pay you a thousand
dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul" -
was born and raised in Los Angeles. Over the years
many fans have enjoyed re-tracing her footsteps and
visiting the many sites we only read about in books. I
have listed some of the more popular spots that fans
flock to. However, there are many more sites to visit
than what is mentioned here. I've included photos from
my trips. I have been to Hollywood twice now and I
recommend staying at theOrchid
Suites. Great price and
the location is absolutely perfect right beside the
FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Are you planning a trip to LA and would like to go on your
own Marilyn tour? I highly recommend the book "Hometown
Girl" by Eric Woodard for detailed descriptions, addresses
For the ULTIMATE guide that includes driving directions
Chinese Theater- 6925 Hollywood
This courtyard is located within the Kodak Theater complex.
Walk of Fame Star- 6774 Hollywood
Marilyn's star is located right in front of
McDonalds.The Hollywood Walk of
Fame began construction in 1958. Within sixteen months,
1,558 luminaries were immortalized on The Walk of Fame in
one sweeping installation. This included Marilyn's star.
The official mass dedication ceremony was held on February
8, 1960 but Marilyn did not attend.
Roosevelt Hotel- 7028-34 Hollywood
In 1951 Marilyn did a poolside photo session here. In the
mid 1950's Marilyn stayed on and off in Suite 1200. It is
reported that a beautiful blonde haunts the mirror that
once hung in that suite. The mirror now hangs in a public
area with a Marilyn art piece beside it.
(Los Angeles Orphan Home) -815 North El Centro
Young Norma Jeane lived here from 1935 - 1937. She married
Jim Dougherty at the age of 16 to avoid returning. Her room
had a window that faced the RKO studio (now Paramount)
water tower and she dreamed of one day working there.
Studio Club -1215 Lodi St
The Studio Club was
a residential hotel for young women who had come to LA to
pursue acting.Marilyn shared room
307 in 1946 during her first contract with 20th Century
Fox. Later, on June 3 1948, during her Columbia contract
she returned to the Studio Club. This time she lived by
herself in room 334. Marilyn lived there until March 13,
1949. Today, the location is now taken over by the YMCA but
the studio club sign is still displayed.
Door Raid- 8122 Waring Avenue
On November 5, 1954 Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra broke
down the door to an apartment they believed Marilyn was in,
hoping to catch her having an affair. Unfortunately, they
broke into the wrong apartment. Marilyn was in the building
with a female friend and was able to make her escape.
Barney's Beanery- 8447 Santa Monica
favourite restaurant of Marilyn's that she frequented
during her starlet years. She was known to enjoy the chili
and this is mentioned in the current menu.
Joe & Marilyn's Newlywed Home- 508 N. Palm Drive
On October 6, 1954 this house became the focus of national
attention when Marilyn stepped outside the front lawn with
her lawyer to announce she was seeking a divorce after only
9 months of marriage.
Johnny Hyde Home- 718 N. Palm Drive
in 1949 Johnny Hyde met and fell in love with Marilyn. He
promptly left his wife and rented this home in order to be
with Marilyn. Marilyn did a photo session in the backyard
with a small dog. To keep up appearances Marilyn also kept
a room at the Beverly Carlton Hotel. In December 1950
Johnny died and Marilyn was forced to leave the house by
Hyde's estranged wife.
Natasha Lytess Apartment- 1309 North Harper
Marilyn lived on and off here with her drama coach,
Natasha, while she was dating Johnny Hyde. When Johnny died
she moved back in with Natasha.MORE INFO
Beverly Hills Hotel- 9641 West Sunset
first lived here in 1952. She lived here briefly with Joe
in 1954 before moving to their Palm Drive home. In 1958,
Marilyn again returned to live here while shooting "Some
Like it Hot" and for the last time in 1960 wile filming
"Let's Make Love". During this last stay, the Millers lived
in bungalow #20 and co-star Yves Montand and his wife stay
in ajoining bungalow #21. It is here that Marilyn and Yves
carried on their affair. Marilyn also received 2 photoplay
awards here in 1953 and 1954. She wore the famous gold lame
dress to the 1953 awards. Both award ceremonies took place
in the hotel's Crystal Room.
Rainbow Bar and Grill- 9015 Sunset
Blvd. Originally called
Villa Nova in the early 1950's, this was a very popular
Italian restaurant. This is where Marilyn and Joe met on a
blind date in March of 1952. They enjoyed a spaghetti
dinner at a booth in the very back of restaurant. Their
booth still exists today. Outside the restaurant is a tile
with Marilyn's likeness on the ground.
The Lawford Beach House- 625 Palisades
Beach Road Marilyn
was a frequent guest at Peter Lawford's home in 1961
through 1962. It is here that Marilyn met both JFK and
Bobby Kennedy. The beach house was known for it's parties.
On the night Marilyn died she had declined an invitation
from Peter to come to a dinner party. George Barris took a
series of photos of Marilyn on Santa Monica beach directly
in front of the Lawford house.
Marilyn's Last Home in Brentwood- 12305 5th Helena
Marilyn bought this modest home in 1962. It was the first
home that she ever owned. She was in the middle of
furnishing it with Mexican furniture when she died here
late on August 4, 1962. The house no longer has the numbers
out front and the gate has recently been painted blue.
Helena August 5, 1962
Helena August 4, 2007
Memorial Cemetery- 1218 Glendon
No Marilyn tour would be complete without a stop at her
final resting place. Marilyn's crypt is located near the
Northeast corner. The cemetery is not easy to find. It is
located in a downtown commercial area hidden behind tall
buildings. When you hit Wilshire Blvd and Glendon keep a
close eye. The driveway for the cemetery is located on the
left just past a tall office building. Marilyn's funeral
took place in the chapel here on August 8, 1962.
Lastly, here is a video that talks about some of the
Marilyn sites you can visit in LA.