The house where Marilyn Monroe died has been saved from demolition. The owner had received a permit to demolish the bungalow in Los Angeles, but the city council stopped it within a day.
Monroe bought the four-bedroom house with a pool in early 1962 for $75,000. She had just divorced her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller. She baptized the bungalow Cursum Perficio, a Latin Bible text that means ‘the race is finished’.
Six months later, in August 1962, she was found dead in bed. An overdose of sleeping pills killed the film star at the age of 36.
The 2,700-square-foot home was sold to an investor’s company for $7.25 million in 2017. Last week the owner received a demolition permit. It is not known what the plans were for the plot.
City council member Traci Park from the Brentwood neighborhood, where the house is located, says she has received hundreds of calls about the demolition plans. She then submitted a plan to nominate the building for monument status, which was unanimously adopted by the city council.
Until a decision has been made about the monument status, the owner may not make any changes. Park believes the house will be preserved for its historical and cultural value. She praises the actress from Some like it hot and The seven year itch because she managed to work her way up after a childhood full of poverty and neglect.
“For many around the world, Marilyn Monroe is more than a movie icon. She is a shining example of someone who has overcome much adversity.”
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