Marilyn Monroe's marital home bulldozed by Los Angeles developers

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Marilyn Monroe's LA Home Bulldozed Amid Preservation Effort

Hollywood history was just bulldozed.

Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles home, where she lived shortly before becoming an international sex symbol, was bulldozed just days before city officials were scheduled to consider granting landmark status.

Fans and preservationists alike have been fighting to protect the home where a 19-year-old Norma Jeane Dougherty lived from 1944 to 1945 with her husband, James, and her in-laws. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission was scheduled to convene Thursday, but the real estate developer, who plans on building condominiums on the site, tore down the home on Monday before they were able to meet. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the proper paperwork had not even been filed ahead of demolition.

KTLA reports city officials were planning on rejecting the landmark application anyway, as Monroe didn't live in the home at a significant time in her career.

During 1944 and 1945, Monroe inspected parachutes and sprayed fire retardant on airplanes. But in 1946 she would divorce her husband just as her modeling career was taking off, and take the name Marilyn Monroe.

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday at the Democratic rally for President John F. Kennedy's birthday. (Photo by Yale Joel/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
In this May 19, 1962 publicity photo provided by Running Press, Peter Lawford, right, tends to Marilyn Monroe's fur as she prepares to sing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at a Madison Square Garden gala in New York. (AP Photo/Courtesy Running Press)
Marilyn Monroe, in evening robe. (undated)(AP Photo)
Marilyn Monroe poses in a bathing suit, left, in 1947 at age 18 at the start of her carreer and in a gown designed for her, right, in 1958 in the movie "Some Like It Hot." (AP Photo/files)
LA Monroe arrives - Tousled after all-night plane ride from Hollywood, actress Marilyn Monroe smiles in a car at Idlewild Airport, N.Y., June 2, -year unknown-. She said she planned to rest in New York before going to England to make a new movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. Sidestepping questions as to whether she and playwright Arthur Miller plan to wed, she said: "No comment, were really good friends". (AP Photo)
Capturing the spotlight - Blonde actress Marilyn Monroe flashes radiant smile behind microphones of newsmen as she is questioned at #2 Sutton Place in New York City on June 21 concerning reported forthcoming marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. Marilyn confirmed report in June 20 New York newspaper story that she will wed Miller. However, the actress and the 41-year-old playwright refused to pose for pictures together at the scene of the news conference. (undated) (AP Photo)
Marilyn Monroe is shown in this undated publicity photo. (AP Photo)
Our undated picture shows Marilyn Monroe, smiling in car. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this January 1, 1947 file photo, starlet Marilyn Monroe plays at the beach with her dog Ruffles. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this June 2, unknown year, file photo, actress Marilyn Monroe smiles in a car after arriving tousled from an all-night plane flight from Hollywood to Idlewild Airport, in New York. The actress said she planned to rest in New York before going to England to make a new movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. In late 2012, the FBI has released a new version of files it kept on Monroe that reveal the names of some of her acquaintances who had drawn concern from government officials and members of her entourage over their suspected ties to communism. (AP Photo, File)
Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, on-set of the Film, "How to Marry a Millionaire", 1953. (Glasshouse Images/Alamy)
SOME LIKE IT HOT(1959) MARILYN MONROE, TONY CURTIS SLH 047P MOVIESTORE COLLECTIO LTD. (Photo via Alamy)
Marilyn Monroe, on-set of the Film, "There's No Business Like Show Business", 1954, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved (Photo via Alamy)
Marilyn Monroe with Joe DiMaggio, 1953. (Photo via Alamy)
circa 1948: An early publicity shot of Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926 - 1962). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962), circa 1950. (Photo by L. J. Willinger/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
October 1951: American film actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait laying on the grass in 1954 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Baron/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
1954: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) outside her home at Englefield Green. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of New York subway grating while in character for the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" in Manhattan on September 15, 1954. The former Norma Jean Baker modeled and starred in 28 movies grossing $200 million. Sensual and seductive, but with an air of innocence, Monroe became one of the world's most adored sex symbols. She died alone by suicide, at age 36 in her Hollywood bungalow. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman)
Marilyn Monroe leaves New York on July 7, 1958, by air for Hollywood to start work on her film, "Some Like It Hot" on her first film in two years. (AP Photo)
Marilyn Monroe is made comfortable in a car by her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, following her release from Doctors Hospital, New York City, August 10, 1957. Marilyn was hospitalized for a miscarriage and spent 10 days in the hospital. (AP Photo)
Director George Cukor plants a kiss on Marilyn Monroe's cheek as she reports on the set in Hollywood, California, USA on April 30, 1962, to begin work in the film "Something's Got To Give". Marilyn was prevented from reporting on time a week ago because of a virus infection that gave her a slight temperature and kept her confined to bed. The studio says she's in great shape, having shed 15 pounds and won back her old waist measurement of 22 inches. (AP Photo)
Screen star Marilyn Monroe leaves Columbia-Presbyterian medical center in New York on March 5, 1961 after a long rest and checkup. She had been in the neurological institute at the center. She went directly to her Manhattan apartment. (AP Photo)
circa 1958: American film star Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker, 1926 - 1962). (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) out for a cycle ride, UK, 13th August 1956. (Photo by Harold Clements/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A portrait taken on December 3, 1961 shows American actress Marilyn Monroe. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE/AFP/Getty Images)
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