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Hollywood Celebrates Marilyn Monroe's Birthday

Grauman's Chinese Theatre will feature a Marilyn Monroe film festival, while the Hollywood Museum will show off Monroe memorabilia.

Marilyn Monroe would have turned 86 years old Friday, so the iconic actress will be remembered with both a film festival at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and a new exhibit at the Hollywood Museum, which promises the largest display of authentic Marilyn memorabilia in the world.

Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit will be on display at the Hollywood Museum on Highland Avenue south of Hollywood Boulevard until Sept. 2. The exhibit also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the actress' death on Aug. 5, 1962.

"Fans of all ages flock to Hollywood from around the world each year to honor Marilyn's life and memory," said Donelle Dadigan, the museum founder and president. "The Hollywood Museum is proud to host this definitive and meaningful Marilyn retrospective."

According to the museum, the exhibit will be highlighted by never-before-seen pictures taken by George Barris, the last photographer to have a session with the icon.

The exhibit also includes the million-dollar dress Monroe wore on her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio and during USO shows in Korea, film costumes from The Prince and the Showgirl and There's No Business Like Show Business, clothing from her personal wardrobe, private documents, cosmetics and annotated film scripts.

Meanwhile, Grauman's Chinese Theatre will play host to a weeklong film festival beginning Friday night with a screening of Some Like It Hot at 8 p.m. The opening night of the festival, co-sponsored Playboy magazine, will also feature a Marilyn Monroe look-alike contest.

Other films being screened during the festival include How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, The Misfits and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

  • For more information about the film festival, click here.

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