|Thank you everyone for each making the gathering special in your own way, and for the use of your photographs!
Sunday 18th October was the first official day of our first UK meet, although Linda T had arrived on Saturday. Although the official meeting
place was Waterloo Station quiet by chance we ended up meeting at my apartment. After quick introductions we set out on our walking tour.
The first stop was the Savoy Hotel on the Strand where Marilyn held a press conference after her arrival in the UK to begin filming 'The Prince
and the Showgirl'. At the Savoy the doorman kindly let us take pictures under the famous Savoy sign, as long as we weren't too long of course.
We continued onto the Comedy theatre and the Lyric, both of which Marilyn was famously photographed at during her stay. After several
stops we arrive for afternoon tea at Marks and Spencer, where Marilyn reportedly shopped. Unfortunately as we left the heavens opened. Half
of our party were fortunate to get a taxi very quickly but the rest of us got completely soaked and so we decided to skip the last two stops of
the tour, the Olivier's house and the Royal Court Theatre, and go straight to Planet Hollywood for dinner. We were very lucky enough to be
seated right between the two major exhibits that they have, the famous Cherie costume from Bus Stop and a nightgown from A Ticket to
Tomahawk. They also have a selection of her jewelry and one of the yearbooks from her High School.
From Planet Hollywood we all went to Suzie Kennedy's home where we watched the video from this years LA memorial. As most of us have yet
to go to LA it was a wonderful chance to experience a little of it.
On Monday we all met up at the Sun Inn in Englefield Green and from there we travelled together to Pinewood Studios, where the Prince and
the Showgirl was filmed, for lunch. After a lovely lunch we strolled around the grounds, some of which are featured in the movie. Some
members were able to get some photographs before we were told to stop by some very burly security men!
From Pinewood we drove to what would prove to be the highlight of our tour, Parkside House. We were able to stroll around the grounds of
the house and take many photos. We were able to place ourselves in the Rose garden where Marilyn had her picture taken. We were also able
to take pictures of the entrance lobby where Marilyn, Arthur Miller, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh posed for photographers after the
press conference at the Savoy hotel. We were very lucky to have as our guide Lynda McCarthy who not only works at Parkside House but is
also a big Marilyn Monroe fan so she had a wonderful knowledge which she gladly shared with us, including taking us through the 'hidden' gate
from the house into Windsor Great Park where Marilyn and Arthur rode their bikes.
Unfortunately after our time at Parkside it was time to say goodbye to several of our group, while the rest of us returned to London to continue our journey
home. Everyone had a wonderful time together. It was great to finally our names to faces and spend some time together!
Here's to 2005!!!!