Although Marilyn Monroe will always be remembered as a style icon, a sex symbol and a brilliant actress, her early death at age 36 forever encapsulated the things she wore, places she loved and movies she made as Hollywood history. And though some moments have put into question how pristine Monroe’s items should be kept, such a Kim Kardashian’s outfit to the 2022 Met Gala, we can all agree that Monroe has a legacy that should be preserved.
According to the New York Post, however, one major piece of Monroe’s life might be at risk of total demolition soon. Per the outlet, the new owners of the actress’ former Brentwood home have officially filed a plan to tear down the estate.
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The petition, which was filed in August and confirmed to the outlet in records from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, endangers the first home Monroe ever bought, and the one she was found dead in back in 1962.
Per documents, the “Some Like It Hot” star bought the 2,900 square foot property in February 1962 for for $77,500 (approximately $790,000 when adjusted for inflation). Six months later, on Aug 5, she died from an overdose in her bedroom.
Knowing how much this home meant to Monroe, and it’s importance in her life story, it’s a shame if it all gets erased and demolished. Per the outlet, the new owners, who bought the home for an estimated $8.35 million, have yet to receive a formal permit for demolition but have already started on the initial stages of the process.
Given the news, fans of Monroe and Old Hollywood have spoken out about being saddened by the news. “I would hope someone in Hollywood would see the historical significance and try and stop the demolition and pay double of what the owner paid,” one commenter wrote. “Make it a museum like Elvis’s home in Graceland,” they suggested.
Other commenters reiterated the history of the home, despite Monroe only living in it for six months. “If only those walls could talk,” wrote one commenter. “This is a beautiful home reminiscent of Old Hollywood. It tells a story. Where are the preservationists?” wrote another.
“The homeowner should do a total gut renovation,” wrote another disappointed fan. “Yes the house needs work. But it would be a shame to just tear it down.”
Indeed, missing this key part of history would be shame. We’ll stay tuned to see what happens next.
Before you go, click here to see photos of Marilyn Monroe’s too-short life.
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