Madame Tussauds New York wax figures of Marilyn Monroe and her Yankee ex-husband Joe DiMaggio are returning to “the scene of the crime” – the Lexington Hotel in New York – where rumor has it, an argument led to the end of their 274-day marriage.
Suite 1806 at the 93-year-old midtown hotel was the home of the blonde bombshell and the Yankee Clipper while the actress filmed “The Seven Year Itch” in the summer of 1954. It was here the couple had a huge fight over the movie’s famous subway grate scene (shot only steps away from The Lexington) when, according to The New York Times, “hundreds of gawkers, almost all men … catcalled and yelled things like, ‘Higher! Higher!’ as Ms. Monroe’s dress blew up over her head.” Monroe later wrote in the book Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words that it was the “final straw,” and she filed for divorce three weeks later – but their legacy at The Lexington Hotel continues.
Now through Aug. 17, 2022, guests can interact with wax figures of the famous couple on loan from Madame Tussauds New York, who have returned to the scene of their final argument — with Monroe recreating her subway grate scene. However, unlike in 1954, the Marilyn and Joe figures will maintain a peaceful distance on separate sides of the hotel’s Art Deco-inspired lobby.
To achieve an exact likeness of Monroe and DiMaggio, the Madame Tussauds New York team of artists researched hundreds of archival photographs to meticulously capture their most striking nuances, with each figure taking six months to complete.
“Madame Tussauds has always been known for creating immersive encounters with the most beloved celebrities, and there’s really no more iconic face in pop culture history than Marilyn Monroe,” says Madame Tussauds New York General Manager Joerg Hanel. “What better location for an interactive experience than the actual place Marilyn and Joe once called home? Partnering with The Lexington Hotel to recreate their ‘steamy blow up’ harkens back to the rich tabloid-esque legacy of Marie Tussaud herself, creating wax figures of Europe’s famous and infamous.”
Fans can also book the newly renovated suite 1806 — now dubbed the Norma Jeane Suite. Inspired by the iconic couple, the 600-square-foot suite with a private balcony features “Hollywood Glam” décor (with pops of red to represent Marilyn’s signature lipstick color) and personal touches, including photos of the couple, monogrammed cocktail glasses and vintage champagne bucket in the bar, and a Louisville Slugger baseball bat in the umbrella stand.
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