Marilyn Monroe Look-a-Like Contest a Smash
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PALM SPRINGS - People of the desert celebrated Marilyn Monroe in true Palm Springs fashion--- by dressing up as her iconic roles and competing. Besides her sex symbol status, Marilyn Monroe left behind some famous quotes. "Fame is like caviar. It's great but you don’t want it every damn day,” says winner of the Performing category Bonnie Gilgallon. "Happy birthday Mr. President,” says winner of the Drag category Timothy Mc Intosh. "If you can make a girl laugh you can make her do anything,” coos Gilgallon.
Men, women and even pets showed up to the Forever Marilyn statue in Palm Springs to celebrate why the famous actress was so mesmerizing. "When she came on the screen, you’re eyes were drawn to her; the sultriness, it’s just everything about her. No matter what she wore, what she did, you were drawn to her,” says Mc Intosh. In fact, it was her “it” factor that got her discovered right here in Palm Springs. "Marilyn was found here, she was discovered at the Racquet Club in the late 1940's and she had a home here in the 60's so Marilyn has always been a part of Palm Springs culture so to have her here is very special. People just love her,” says Forever Marilyn spokesperson Joe Enos. "She is the epitome of Palm Springs. You know sultry, classy, old classic Hollywood,” says Mc Intosh.
So how did these impersonators prepare to fill such star studded stilettos? "There are a few similarities. I mean my life is not as tragic as hers and I’m still alive but I feel a strong kinship,” says Gilgallon. "I’ve always studied her movies quite strongly and she makes me just giggle out loud,” says Melinda Neal, another Monroe impersonator. The Forever Marilyn statue is scheduled to leave Palm Springs in November.
Complete list of winners include:
Drag: Marina Mac/Tim Mc Intosh
Performing: Bonnie Gilgallon
Jr. Marilyn: Nikole Holm
Mrs. Marilyn: Maria Espero