MORE PHOTOS: Marilyn Monroe in Bendigo
BENDIGO Art Gallery’s Marilyn Monroe exhibition will close on July 10.
With the closure of the exhibition, Bendigo will also farewell the 8-metre tall, 15,000-kilogram Forever Marilyn sculpture.
But before she leaves, we want to see your photos of Forever Marilyn.
Share your most artistic and beautiful pictures of Marilyn on our Facebook page or by tagging them #bendigoadvertiser on Instagram.
You can also email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Marilyn photo competition”.
All entries will also be displayed in the front window of the Bendigo Advertiser offices in Williamson Street.
Entries close at 5pm on June 28 and we will publish an online gallery of photos the following day.
We will pick the top 10 entries and let the public vote online for the best one until midday July 1.
The winning photo will be published on the front page of the Bendigo Advertiser and, thanks to the Bendigo Art Gallery, will also receive a copy of Seward Johnson: A Life in Public Art.
The hardcover coffee table book is a comprehensive look at sculpture artist Seward Johnson's history and artwork.
The runner-up will also receive a Forever Marilyn T-shirt, thanks to Bendigo Art Gallery.
More than 85,000 people have attended the Marilyn Monroe exhibition so far.
The exhibition features costumes, scripts, photos and artifacts from Monroe’s career.
Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said the exhibition was in line to have at least 120,000 visitors by the time it closes in July.
“It’s always good to meet the standards you set for yourself and we certainly set a standard with the Grace Kelly exhibition,” Ms Quinlan said.
“It has been a lot of hard work for the gallery team and wider City of Greater Bendigo team that supports us.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926.
In 1942, aged just 16, Norma Jeane married her next door neighbour, James (Jimmy) Dougherty, and settled down to life in the home. Not long after their marriage, Dougherty joined the merchant marine and Norma Jeane, frustrated with life at home, began work at a munitions factory.
Army photographer David Conover, who was photographing the women back home to cheer up the servicemen abroad, “discovered” Marilyn in 1945. That same year Norma Jeane signed on with the Blue Book Modelling Agency. In 1946 Marilyn signed a contract with Twentieth Century Fox and changed her name.