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Crowd greets Marilyn Monroe at LAX

Crowd greets Marilyn Monroe at LAX

Feb. 25, 1956: A crowd of several hundred greets Marilyn Monroe at Los Angeles International Airport after flight from New York.

A story in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times reported:

Actress Marilyn Monroe flew into town last night and brought activities at International Airport to a standstill.

As she stepped from an American Airlines flagship, hundreds of airport workers streamed out on the flight ramp to catch a glimpse of the glamorous film star.

Scores of newspapers, magazine, television and newsreel cameramen crowded around the New York to Los Angeles plane which arrived one hour and 45 minutes late due to headwinds.

At a press interview Miss Monroe, who admitted she was “a bit tired” from the trip, said she is here to do a picture, “Bus Stop,” for 20th Century-Fox studios, her first under a reconciliation pact that ended a year-long feud with the company.

Miss Monroe was wearing a tailored brown two-piece suit and a high-neck black blouse. When asked if the switch from low-cut outfits to the high-neck suit indicated a change in personality, she replied, “Same Marilyn – new suit.”

She said she has no romance in her life at the present time, “but I haven’t given up.”

She was accompanied by Milton Greene, vice-president of Miss Monroe’s own film producing company, of which she is president. He said the new unit’s first production will be “The Sleeping Prince,” which will costar Actor Sir Laurence Olivier.

This photo accompanied the above story in the Feb. 26, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

“The Sleeping Prince” movie was renamed “The Prince and the Showgirl,” and was released in 1957.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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