𝚃𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎'𝚜 𝟿𝟹𝚛𝚍 𝚋𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚍𝚊𝚢. 𝙷𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝙱𝚒𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍.
𝙸𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟺𝟸, 𝟷𝟼-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝙽𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚊 𝙹𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝙱𝚊𝚔𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝟸𝟷-𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚋𝚘𝚛, 𝙹𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙳𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢 - 𝚊 𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚖𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝙲𝚊𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚊 𝙸𝚜𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍. 𝙳𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚝𝚢 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚕𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙰𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚘𝚗 𝙷𝚊𝚛𝚋𝚘𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚞𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝙼𝚒𝚜𝚜 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛-𝚊𝚗𝚍-𝚊-𝚑𝚊𝚕𝚏 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚠𝚒𝚏𝚎, 𝟸𝟼 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝙲𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚊. (Instagram: deadinhollywoodzine)
𝙿𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝟺 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝟻 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚞𝚙𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍: 𝙳𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚢 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎. 𝙸 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝙻𝚎𝚗𝚊 𝙷𝚘𝚛𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚍𝚞𝚋𝚋𝚎𝚍 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚊 "𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚕𝚢𝚗 𝙼𝚘𝚗𝚛𝚘𝚎." 𝙳𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚐𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚠𝚘𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝙱𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝙰𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝙰𝚌𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚖𝚢 𝙰𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍. (IG: deadinhollywoodzine)
The Duke of Catalina: Duke Fishman, the "Original Greeter" at Avalon. Landing on Catalina Island in 1933 after living in a South Seas orphanage for most of his life, a 27-year-old Duke finds work as a lifeguard on the island. After a short stint as a houseman at the Annandale Golf Club, Duke becomes Avalon's "Goodwill Ambassador” - Avalon Harbor is Catalina’s main attraction. Duke leads tourists in singing the town's signature song "Avalon" as they disembark their steamships. Duke is also notable as the original, advertising character for the cleaning product “Mr. Clean." In 1975, he has open heart surgery and gives up his lifeguard duties in Avalon, but continues his role as Avalon's greeter. In 1977, his health deteriorates, and he returns to his small trailer in Palm Springs - as he did every fall. After 40 years, Avalon decides not to renew his contract as "Official Greeter,” and on December 22, 1977, a friend finds Duke dead in his trailer from a heart attack. He was 71. He is interred in Avalon's Cemetery. The position of "Official Greeter" has remained vacant since his death.
"If you listen, you can hear it call."
At 16, Norma Jeane has two options: Ship off to another orphanage, or marry the boy-next-door and set sail for Catalina Island. According to Norma Jeane's then-husband, James Daughtry, the island paradise is where Marilyn Monroe is born. Dougherty states, “I would marvel at how she’d ‘turn on’ when she was walking and knew men were looking at her. She’d do ‘the walk’ seen later in millions of her films, but back then, she was just learning to do it, and she was very, very good at it!”
“Oh it’s hard to explain the feeling I had.” -Marilyn Monroe describing her time on Catalina Island
Photo: Marilyn on Catalina Island when she was still Norma Jeane. Background photos: The famous Catalina tiles that I snapped pictures of when I was visiting the island this past weekend.