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Celebrity homes are more opulent than ever. Just look at Jennifer Lopez's recent Bel-Air mansion purchase, which features its own vineyard, amphitheater, and screening room. In Hollywood’s Golden Age, the rich and famous opted for quarters that were far chicer than they were gaudy. Take for example the Midtown Manhattan penthouse Marilyn Monroe once called home.
Built in 1927, the home also belonged to the legendary fashion designer Bill Blass, who would, according to Architectural Digest, "host alfresco parties for guests like Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor." Not much is revealed about Monroe's time there, which she spent while married to the playwright Arthur Miller.
What we do know is that the space is as elegant as its former tenant, with its herringbone wood flooring, sun-drenched kitchen, and spacious living and dining rooms. The penthouse has obviously been updated to satisfy more modern tastes, including a state-of-the-art kitchen that Monroe probably would have loved.
However, the pièce de résistance was and continues to be the 1000-square-foot terrace overlooking the Queensborough Bridge and the East River. We can't help but picture the glamorous soirées held by Monroe on those balmy Manhattan nights while the faint scent of vermouth wafted through the air. On second thought, we'd better not—the FOMO is too real.
Decorate your brand-new penthouse with this Louis Side Chair from Chairish, and let us know what you love most about Marilyn Monroe’s former abode.