Giant Marilyn Monroe Statue
The 26-foot-tall (7.9 m) 34,000-pound (15,000 kg) sculpture, manufactured of painted stainless steel and aluminium, is a super-sized sculptural tribute to Marilyn Monroe's iconic scene from Billy Wilder's 1955 infidelity comedy, The Seven-Year Itch, with the figure imitating the instant that a blast of air raises her white dress. It was built in New Jersey, before being transported to Pioneer Court—part of the Magnificent Mile section of Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
In May 2012, Forever Marilyn was moved from Pioneer Court to the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs, California. In July 2013, P.S. Resorts announced that The Sculpture Foundation, owners of Forever Marilyn, would move the statue to New Jersey for a May through September 2014 exhibit honoring Johnson at the 42-acre Grounds For Sculpture. PS Resorts, a local tourism organization, is working on plans to acquire the statue from The Sculpture Foundation so that it can be returned to Palm Springs for permanent display.
About Marilyn Monroe in Short :
She was born on 1 June 1926 in the Los Angeles County Hospital, the third child of Gladys Baker. She lived with a number of foster parents, as her mother was mentally unstable, until her mother's best friend Grace McKee became her guardian.
The young girl was then sent to live with her great aunt Olive Brunings, where it is thought she was sexually assaulted by Olive's son. At 16, she escaped her old life by marrying a 21-year-old aircraft plant worker, Jim Dougherty. The couple divorced four years later. By this time she had begun modelling bathing suits and, after bleaching her hair blonde, was posing for pin-ups and glamour photos.