Marilyn Monroe Remembered in Campy Coloring Book, House
It may be goodbye to Norma Jean, but the candle in the wind burns on -- and on and on -- for Marilyn Monroe. If it's not enough that the house she died in is being marketed with that as one of its selling features, now there's also a "Color Me Marilyn" coloring book that will undoubtedly appeal to the coffee tables of Monroe's ever-lasting following.
The coloring book, which had its own display at the California Gift Show, is illustrated by Hollywood's Emanuel Emanuele. Emanuele is a lifelong Marilyn fan who created many Marilyn wall murals featured in magazines around the country. The book has 64 black-and-white line drawings of Marilyn that fans can color and in doing so, "bring her to life." Well, why not? The drawings and captions capture the most memorable moments of Hollywood's all-time favorite Golden Girl -- including Marilyn at film premieres, posing with friends and beaus, singing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy and countless of her famous film scenes. Emanuele's specialty is drawing Hollywood icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood and he may have hit pay dirt with this beauty.
The book is available online and in bookstores and retails for $12.95.
The house, well that will cost you more. The Brentwood home where Monroe died of a drug overdose came on the market for $3,595,000. She purchased the home the four-bedroom house about six months before her death on Aug. 4, 1962. She was 36 and this was the only home she ever owned, although many homes in Los Angeles stake a "Marilyn Monroe slept here" claim. The 1929 hacienda-style home, unremarkable in many ways, does have kidney-shaped pool and tiles embedded in the front stoop inscribed with the Latin phrase "Cursum Perficio" which means "I have completed my journey." Not so long as you have fans, dear Marilyn, not so long as you have fans.