The eternal nature of Marilyn Monroe's spectral allure is one of Tinseltown's most tragic and pervasive phenomena, and to suddenly find yourself in a chamber stocked with her intimate personal effects is, simply put, a thrill. Believe or not, you'll find one at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum at the corner of Hollywood and Highland. The place has MM's polka-dot bikini, sheer black baby-doll negligee, maribou-tufted Lucite bedroom slippers, Cherries à la Mode nail polish and even that bulky knit Mexican sweater she memorably donned for her final, hauntingly beautiful 1962 Santa Monica Beach photo session. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd., 90028. (323) 466-6335, —Jonny Whiteside

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