From the Archives: Remembering Marilyn Monroe on 95th anniversary of her birth



On June 1, 1926, Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles.

In 1958, San Diegans turned up in droves to see Monroe. She had come to town with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and director Billy Wilder to film scenes for “Some Like It Hot” on location at the Hotel del Coronado. Although her time here was brief, her impact is indelible.

From the San Diego Union, Sunday, Sept. 21, 1958:

WAITING FOR MARILYN!

An Old, Old Game Moves From Hollywood To Coronado

SAN DIEGANS, hardly rested from Fiesta and barely ready for the fall entertainment season, last week found themselves following an interim diversion, either through their newspapers or first hand. The diversion: Marilyn Monroe, here for the filming of the movie “Some Like It Hot.” For five days throngs of San Diegans crossed the bay to join Coronadoans on the Strand, and watched and waited. Interestingly enough, among the hundreds of spectators, women and children outnumbered the men two to one. Meanwhile, San Diego Union photographers with telephoto lenses caught a few glimpses of Marilyn, and The San Diego Union’s drama editor, Edwin Martin, waited-and gathered material for this story.

By EDWIN MARTIN, The San Diego Union’s Drama Editor

For the past week, reporters from San Diego and Hollywood, fans and tourists from every part of the United States, and certainly half the population of Coronado, have been playing an exciting and fascinating game—a game which Hollywood columnist Erskine Johnson saucily calls: “Waiting for Marilyn.”

Marilyn, of course, is none other than Marilyn Monroe, the beautiful and somewhat unpredictable blonde film star who has been upsetting the usual poise of the sedate and picturesque old Hotel del Coronado, while making location scenes there for her latest film, “Some Like It Hot.”

As Erskine, covering the event from a comfortable rocking chair on del Coronado’s broad veranda, puts it: “People may admire Marilyn Monroe, envy Marilyn Monroe, or like Marilyn Monroe, but most of all—people WAIT for Marilyn Monroe!”

Johnson recalls the time we waited for Marilyn in Phoenix, where a visit to the set and a chat with her on location for “Bus Stop” had been arranged.

We waited all day and Marilyn never came out of her dressing room. Other newspapermen who had more time waited for Marilyn for five days and she never came out of her hotel room.

Reporters and columnists have waited for Marilyn to come out of airplanes. Airplanes have waited for Marilyn. Newsmen have waited for Marilyn to come out of trains. Trains have waited for Marilyn. Movie producers, directors, film companies, husband Arthur Miller, clothes designers, dance directors and movie fans have waited for Marilyn.

But no one seems to mind very much, reporters have grown rather accustomed to it — because Marilyn Monroe is worth waiting for.





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