Rockhaven Sanitarium at Risk

Following the controversial demolition of the ‘Dougherty House‘ in June, Danny Jensen reports for LAist that another Marilyn-related location – the former Rockhaven Sanitarium, where her mother Gladys was a resident from 1953-67 – is also the focus of controversy. “The future looks uncertain for L.A.’s oldest sanitarium, which was originally built as a humane mental health facility …

Rockhaven’s Future at Risk as City Scraps Plans

The future of Rockhaven Sanitarium, formerly a pioneering clinic for women suffering from mental illness where Marilyn’s mother Gladys lived for 14 years, is once again in jeopardy, as Lila Seidman reports for the Los Angeles Times. (You can read my review of Elisa Jordan’s book about Rockhaven here.) “Plans to turn the former Rockhaven …

Marilyn’s Mother and the Ladies of Rockhaven

Rockhaven Sanitarium was once home to Marilyn’s mother, Gladys Monroe, and a female-led sanctuary for mentally ill women at a time when they were often mistreated. You can read my review of Elisa Jordan’s new book about Rockhaven here.

Save Rockhaven: Campaign Launches

A campaign to save Rockhaven, the pioneering women’s sanitarium where Marilyn’s mother Gladys lived for fifteen years, has been launched – and you can help, reports Immortal Marilyn. For updates, visit the Friends of Rockhaven page on Facebook. When measuring practical considerations versus historic interest, politicians might want to consider the tale of Marilyn’s former San Fernando …

Tales from Rockhaven, and Sister Aimee

Writing for the Glendale News-Press, Katherine Yamada looks at the stories of three famous women who stayed at Rockhaven Sanatarium, where Marilyn’s mother Gladys lived for fifteen years. Other patients include actresses Billie Burke, Frances Farmer, and Josephine Dillon – best-known as the first wife of Clark Gable. Yamada promises a future article about Gladys, …

Revisiting Rockhaven

Southern California-based readers may be interested to know that one of the least-known, and most poignant Marilyn-related sites will be opened to the public on Saturday, April 26, at 10 am. Rockhaven Sanitarium in Glendale was in its time one of the region’s most progressive, humane clinics for women, and Marilyn’s mentally ill mother, Gladys, lived in …