Marilyn Monroe and Niagara Falls

When you think of Marilyn Monroe the first place that springs to mind is Hollywood; in fact, she is still one of the most well-known names in Hollywood, despite passing away in 1962. However, did you know that Marilyn Monroe is also associated with Niagara?

In fact, many people still flock to the places that she visited and the hotels she stayed in. What was Marilyn Monroe doing in Niagara Falls and why is she still associated with the area? Let's find out...

Marilyn Monroe Niagara

Marilyn Monroe Niagara Falls Movie

In 1953 one of Marilyn Monroe's most famous films was released, Niagara. This thriller film-noir broke all of the molds, having being filmed in Technicolor and becoming one of the biggest box office hits that year. After her appearance in Niagara, Marilyn soon shot to stardom and secured herself parts in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire. The film follows a couple on their honeymoon to Niagara Falls, before finding that Monroe and her partner have been given their cabin. The couples become friends and Rose (playing by Monroe) opens up about her troubled relationship with her partner. The honeymooners agree to help Rose by murdering her husband, by throwing him over the Falls. The film received positive reviews, not least for the use of the grand and enthralling Falls, captured in Technicolor.

Marilyn Diptych

Marilyn Diptych

After Marilyn Monroe passed away in 1962, Andy Warhol decided he wanted to create artwork that would remember her forever. Using publicity shots from the film Niagara, Warhol created one of the most famous pieces of art to date. The silkscreen painting, named Marilyn Diptych, featured 50 of the same images from that Niagara photo. The Tate in London now holds the picture, which was recently voted as the third most influential piece of artwork in the world. All featuring that one image, taken during a Marilyn Monroe Niagara Falls visit.

So, although many people may visit Hollywood to check out Marilyn Monroe's star on the 'Walk of Fame', those who want some real history should visit Niagara. Why not watch the film and then see if you can visit all of the places they used as set locations?

Trace Marilyn Monroe's Niagara Falls footsteps on your next visit to Niagara. Simply ask our concierge and they will guide you in the right direction.

Book your next stay today at Marriott on the Falls Niagara Falls Hotel