Before Joe, After Arthur: Marilyn’s North Doheny Drive Days

Marilyn was a restless soul, living at more than 40 addresses in her 36 years. But there was one place she called home not once, but twice: the apartment building at 882 North Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills. She first lived there in 1953, decorating the interior with her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes co-star Jane Russell. Marilyn moved out in 1954, after marrying Joe DiMaggio. Then in August 1961, she returned to the same complex. Her neighbour was Gloria Lovell, secretary to Frank Sinatra, whom Marilyn had been dating. This second stay was more of a stop-gap, and after spending another Christmas there with Joe (who had also re-entered her life), Marilyn left in February 1962 for her final home in Brentwood – the first she had owned.

Los Angeles realtor Sara Wynne wrote about her visit to Marilyn’s Doheny Drive apartment on her blog, which you can read here.

“It’s a small one-bedroom apartment smaller than 650 sqft above the garage but it has everything needed; small kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room, it also has a fireplace. My favorite part of the apartment is the outdoor terrace which is a perfect setting for outdoor entertaining. The apartment is one of three units on a 6362 sqft lot. The main house is over 5000 sqft. In the 80s renowned interior designer Kalef Alaton gutted the interior and redid it. The compound, especially the one-bedroom apartment is private from curious eyes as it is not on the ground floor.

It’s nice to be able to look inside. It has such a cozy feel to it and I can just imagine what types of conversations were had within these walls. The cocktails that were enjoyed on the terrace after a long day of shooting. There was a lot of energy and deep emotion that was experienced within those walls. What a gem that it is still around and how humbling it is to realize such an icon lived in such a modest dwelling.”