‘Blonde Bombshell Bursts Over Bement’

Marilyn arrives at Willard Airport, Illinois

A rare photo of Marilyn en route to Bement in 1955 has been posted at the East Illinois News-Gazette today:

“Marilyn Monroe made headlines — literally — when she arrived on Ozark Airlines at the University of Illinois Airport on Aug. 7, 1955. The movie star’s destination: Bement to judge a beard contest as part of the village’s centennial celebration. ‘Blonde Bombshell Bursts Over Bement’ blared the headline in The News-Gazette.”

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