Friday 29 July 2022
Next month marks 60 years since the death of Marilyn Monroe: the sex symbol and celebrated superstar whose real-life story held even more colour than her leading lady roles.
Though finding fame for playing 'blonde bombshell' characters in Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other game-changing films of the '50s and '60s, it is her high-profile relationships - including an affair with President Kennedy - for which she is perhaps most readily remembered.
Although she died, aged 36, in Los Angeles on 4 August 1962, Marilyn Monroe's legend lives on - and nowhere more so than in Palm Springs. This chic resort in the Sonoran Desert, just a two-hour drive from LA, was a favourite hideaway for Marilyn and her second husband, baseball star Joe DiMaggio.
That legacy is celebrated today with Forever Marilyn, a suitably larger-than-life statue that stands in the desert city's cultural quarter. Depicting Marilyn in her most iconic pose - with wind-lifted skirts as per the standout scene in the movie The Seven Year Itch - it's a fitting tribute to the drama, scandal and tragedy that continue to make Marilyn so compelling.
Bon Voyage, the North America travel specialist, recommends staying at adults-only Holiday House, which is right in the heart of downtown Palm Springs with everything (including Forever Marilyn, hot springs, and lots of mid-century-modern architecture) on its doorstep. With a rental car (convertible, of course: Marilyn would have, after all), a seven-night stay costs from £2,750 per person, including B&B at Holiday House and flights from London, Manchester, or Glasgow. For more information and to book, call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk