'Happy Birthday, Marilyn,' Rare Exhibit of Icon's Memorabilia, Premieres June 1 at Hollywood Entertainment Museum as Milestone Celebration Of Marilyn Monroe's 75th

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Hollywood Entertainment Museum

    HOLLYWOOD, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In a milestone celebration opening
 Friday, June 1 -- on what would have been the 75th birthday of one of
 Hollywood's most enduring cultural icons -- Hollywood Entertainment Museum is
 premiering "Happy Birthday, Marilyn," a sweeping display of artifacts,
 costumes, art and photographs that represents the collective Marilyn Monroe
 persona.
     On view through August 15, "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" is an exclusive new
 exhibition featuring a trove of more than 200 treasures that represent a
 comprehensive collection of Marilyn memorabilia, most of which have not been
 seen publicly.
     The exhibit explores the influence the star continues to wield on the
 American consciousness, thanks to her now mythical stature as a certifiable
 icon with undiminished star quality.  "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" will occupy
 the entire space in the Museum that is allocated for temporary exhibits.
     "This is a signature exhibition for Hollywood Entertainment Museum that is
 perhaps one of our most ambitious since we opened in 1996," said Phyllis
 Caskey, president of the Museum.
     "It is our mission to celebrate motion picture history and 'Happy Birthday
 Marilyn' embraces that concept perfectly.  It will certainly be the most
 comprehensive and entertaining celebration of Marilyn's 75th birthday of which
 we are aware," she said.
     "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" was assembled under the direction of
 Jan-Christopher Horak, curator of Hollywood Entertainment Museum, with the
 participation of Marilyn Remembered, a noted group of serious collectors of
 Marilyn Monroe artifacts.
     Highlights in the exhibition include Marilyn's costumes from "Gentlemen
 Prefer Blondes" (1953) and "Let's Make Love" (1960); four 1949 nudes
 photographed by Tom Kelly; 10 original snapshots of her Korean War tour in
 1952; and other rare photography by Bert Stern, Douglas Kirkland and Milton H.
 Greene, some of which have never been seen in public.
     Other items include dolls, posters, lobby cards, post cards, playing
 cards, calendars, comic books, pins and paintings, sketches and sculptures by
 such artists as Ted LeMaster, Earl Moran and Steve Kaufman.
     "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" will be on view daily (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) at
 Hollywood Entertainment Museum, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., an interactive museum
 that celebrates the film, television, radio, recording arts, new media and
 Hollywood the place.  Admission is $7.50 for adults; $4.50 for seniors and
 students (identification required); $4 for youths age 5-12; and free to Museum
 members and children under the age of five.
     Located one block east of La Brea Avenue in the Hollywood Galaxy complex,
 parking is off Sycamore Avenue and is $2 for two hours with Museum validation.
 For more information, call (323) 960-4833.
     (NOTE: The museum will be closed May 30 and 31 in preparation for "Happy
 Birthday, Marilyn.")
 
 

SOURCE Hollywood Entertainment Museum
    HOLLYWOOD, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In a milestone celebration opening
 Friday, June 1 -- on what would have been the 75th birthday of one of
 Hollywood's most enduring cultural icons -- Hollywood Entertainment Museum is
 premiering "Happy Birthday, Marilyn," a sweeping display of artifacts,
 costumes, art and photographs that represents the collective Marilyn Monroe
 persona.
     On view through August 15, "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" is an exclusive new
 exhibition featuring a trove of more than 200 treasures that represent a
 comprehensive collection of Marilyn memorabilia, most of which have not been
 seen publicly.
     The exhibit explores the influence the star continues to wield on the
 American consciousness, thanks to her now mythical stature as a certifiable
 icon with undiminished star quality.  "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" will occupy
 the entire space in the Museum that is allocated for temporary exhibits.
     "This is a signature exhibition for Hollywood Entertainment Museum that is
 perhaps one of our most ambitious since we opened in 1996," said Phyllis
 Caskey, president of the Museum.
     "It is our mission to celebrate motion picture history and 'Happy Birthday
 Marilyn' embraces that concept perfectly.  It will certainly be the most
 comprehensive and entertaining celebration of Marilyn's 75th birthday of which
 we are aware," she said.
     "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" was assembled under the direction of
 Jan-Christopher Horak, curator of Hollywood Entertainment Museum, with the
 participation of Marilyn Remembered, a noted group of serious collectors of
 Marilyn Monroe artifacts.
     Highlights in the exhibition include Marilyn's costumes from "Gentlemen
 Prefer Blondes" (1953) and "Let's Make Love" (1960); four 1949 nudes
 photographed by Tom Kelly; 10 original snapshots of her Korean War tour in
 1952; and other rare photography by Bert Stern, Douglas Kirkland and Milton H.
 Greene, some of which have never been seen in public.
     Other items include dolls, posters, lobby cards, post cards, playing
 cards, calendars, comic books, pins and paintings, sketches and sculptures by
 such artists as Ted LeMaster, Earl Moran and Steve Kaufman.
     "Happy Birthday, Marilyn" will be on view daily (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) at
 Hollywood Entertainment Museum, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., an interactive museum
 that celebrates the film, television, radio, recording arts, new media and
 Hollywood the place.  Admission is $7.50 for adults; $4.50 for seniors and
 students (identification required); $4 for youths age 5-12; and free to Museum
 members and children under the age of five.
     Located one block east of La Brea Avenue in the Hollywood Galaxy complex,
 parking is off Sycamore Avenue and is $2 for two hours with Museum validation.
 For more information, call (323) 960-4833.
     (NOTE: The museum will be closed May 30 and 31 in preparation for "Happy
 Birthday, Marilyn.")
 
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