Los Angeles city bosses rode roughshod over state and local laws by allowing a home where Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe briefly lived to be bulldozed to make way for a condominium, a court action claims.
The house where the Some Like It Hot actress lived for a year was pulled down days before a hearing on whether to consider making it a historic monument, according to the Los Angeles Times.
City chiefs did not recommend considering the house as a monument since Monroe did not break into the film industry until years later.
The demolition permit was obtained before the monument application was filed, officials said.
Monroe “only resided at the property for one year and did not live in the unit during the productive period of her career”, a report by city planning officials concluded.
The residents’ group, Save Valley Village, argues that the home captured the essence of Monroe’s life.
“While Norma Jean [Baker] was born at County Hospital in Lincoln Heights, Marilyn Monroe’s career was born while living in this house,” the lawsuit states.
The group claims that the council illegally made a deal to support any development supported by the council member representing the area.
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