Fans Celebrate Marilyn’s 96th Birthday

Floral tributes were placed by Marilyn’s crypt at Westwood Memorial Park on Wednesday June 1, honouring the star on what would be her 96th birthday (photo by Jackie at Marilyn Remembered.) Elsewhere in Los Angeles, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was screened at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; while in Palm Springs, fans held a party at the ‘Forever Marilyn‘ statue.

Across the United States, the Movies TV Network devoted the day’s programming to Marilyn.

In the UK, Laura Saxby has revamped the Our Marilyn Monroe fansite, with lots of new features including a comprehensive timeline; and blogger Megan Monroes shared her favourite titles from her Marilyn library.

French e-zine Crazy for You dedicated a special issue to how Marilyn spent her birthday 60 years ago, from a ‘Birthday Suit’ cake on the Something’s Got to Give set to a personal appearance at Dodgers Stadium.

Artist Alejandro Mogollo unveiled a new image of Marilyn, inspired by the ‘Heat Wave’ number from There’s No Business Like Show Business; and Olivier Coulon‘s latest portrait is named ‘Starlight.’

On social media, Marilyn enjoyed birthday wishes from Luke Yankee, son of Bus Stop‘s Eileen Heckart; Juliet Hyde-White, daughter of Let’s Make Love‘s Wilfred; actress Elle Fanning, a longtime fan; and Ana de Armas, star of the upcoming movie, Blonde.

Author and Classic Blondes blogger April VeVea posted what is surely the definitive Twitter thread on Marilyn, serving key facts on her extraordinarily life from beginning to end.

And finally, another true-blue fan – reality TV star, model and musician Courtney Stodden – sent a heartfelt message to Marilyn at Westwood.