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September 2010

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Thursday, September 16, 2010 Marilyn and John

Marilyn Monroe poster on utility box, Wilshire Boulevard

Here she is Marilyn Monroe a few steps from the former Wilshire Theater, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard known as the "Fox Wilshire" when it opened on September 19, 1930. The last big movie event there was on November 4, 1953 Marilyn Monroe arriving on the red carpet for the premiere of "How to Marry a Millionaire." Perhaps she should have married a millionaire.

Marilyn Monroe poster on utility box, Wilshire Boulevard
Marilyn Monroe poster on utility box, Wilshire Boulevard

As you come up La Cienega on your way to Hollywood you pass the "Flynt Tower" at Wilshire and La Cienega. Recently it was the headquarters of Great Western Savings, but Great Western was purchased by Washington Mutual in 1997, and in 2009 Washington Mutual went under the largest bank failure in American history. Now all that's here are some minor offices Larry Flynt Enterprises - you know, Hustler magazine and all that and John Wayne six tons, twenty-one feet high, bronze. There's a reason for that Wayne was Great Western's spokesman in their television ads, so when Wayne died in 1979 Great Western installed a statue of him riding a horse, on the Hamilton Drive side of the building. The statue is by famous Wild West artist Harry "Andrew" Jackson. His real name is Harry Shapiro born in 1924 on the South Side of Chicago, and who was fast friends with Jackson Pollock. Go figure.

John Wayne, by Harry "Andrew" Jackson - Wilshire and Hamilton, Beverly Hills
John Wayne, by Harry "Andrew" Jackson - Wilshire and Hamilton, Beverly Hills
John Wayne, by Harry "Andrew" Jackson - Wilshire and Hamilton, Beverly Hills
John Wayne, by Harry "Andrew" Jackson - Wilshire and Hamilton, Beverly Hills
John Wayne, by Harry "Andrew" Jackson - Wilshire and Hamilton, Beverly Hills

And of course they're filming here today

"Proud Mary" filming notice, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard - Thursday, September 16, 2010
"Proud Mary" filming notice, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard - Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto. The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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