Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles House Granted Landmark Status, Protected from Demolition

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe‘s Los Angeles residence has been officially recognized as a historic cultural monument by the Los Angeles City Council, ensuring it cannot be demolished. The Brentwood home, where Monroe lived until her untimely death in 1962, received unanimous support for its nomination as a landmark from the council. The L.A. Conservancy celebrated this decision on X, expressing gratitude to Councilwoman Traci Park and everyone who supported the cause.

The property, bought by Monroe just months before her death, was last sold for more than $8 million to Brinah Milstein and Roy Bank. They had intended to tear it down to expand their adjacent property. However, this plan has led to a legal challenge against the city. Milstein and Bank argue that extensive modifications to the home since Monroe’s death have erased its historical significance, claiming it no longer qualifies as a landmark. The lawsuit will proceed to trial on August 13.

The narrative of Monroe’s life gained recent attention with the 2022 Netflix movie “Blonde,” featuring Ana de Armas. While it acknowledges her overlooked talent, the film also presents Monroe in a way that seems to contradict its intentions, often focusing on de Armas’ portrayal in a manner that could be seen as exploitative. This portrayal leaves viewers reflecting on its implications well after it ends.