Palm Springs give big send-off to giant Marilyn

In this photo provided by Profiles in History, July 9, 2013, is a 1955 portrait of actress Marilyn Monroe by fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene. (AP Photo/Milton H. Greene)
In this photo provided by Profiles in History, July 9, 2013, is a 1955 portrait of actress Marilyn Monroe by fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene. (AP Photo/Milton H. Greene)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Palm Springs is singing “Goodbye, Norma Jean.”

The city is throwing a send-off party Thursday night for a massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.

The downtown public party will include a performance by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus and guests will include Carol Channing, who originated on Broadway the role Monroe played in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

In a few days the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue named “Forever Marilyn” will be taken from California to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.

The sculpture depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the “The Seven Year Itch.”

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