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Marilyn Monroe's Home Offers A Glimpse Of The Woman We Only Thought We Knew

While most celebrities of Marilyn Monroe's caliber own more than one property, the Hollywood starlet only ever had one house to her name. Monroe, who lived in 43 different homes before settling down, bought her first and last house in Brentwood, Los Angeles in 1962.

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It was while she lived in this house that she made her last public appearances at John F. Kennedy's birthday gala, and sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President." Eight months later, she was found dead in her bedroom.

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Since the bombshell's demise, the property housed a few celebrities, including actress Veronica Hamel of Hill Street Blues fame and the late Anna Nicole Smith. The house has been placed on the market multiple times after these stars left, and listed again earlier this year.

The Spruce

Over the years, the owners did some remodeling, and the interior doesn't look exactly like Monroe left it, but there are a few of her touches that remain.

Here are some shots of the abode looked like before:

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Wait until you see what the property looks like today...

Back in 1962, Monroe furnished the house with unique decor items, fabrics, and tiles that she bought from local shops in Mexican cities like Cuernavaca, Taxco, Toluca and Acapulco.

Nowadays, the home's Mexican influence is nowhere to be found, but the Spanish-style architecture still stands. The interior decor is much more modern, but there are still some classic elements that remain.

Monroe purchased the 2,624-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom property for just $90,000, but it was last sold in 2010 for $3.85 million. The listing described the home as "A Rare Hidden Jewel in Brentwood. Sprawling and a very special authentic 1929 Hacienda situated behind tall gates at the end of a quiet cul de sac."

Let's take a peek:

The living room


The family room


The office


The Kitchen


The Bathroom


The bedroom


The Backyard & Pool


The front exterior


What do you think of the home's new look?

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