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)
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)
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)