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City gives big send-off to giant Marilyn Monroe statue

City gives big send-off to giant Marilyn Monroe statue
This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows the "Forever Marilyn" sculpture getting a shower from the Palm Springs Fire Department in Palm Springs, Calif. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Jay Calderon,File)
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Palm Springs is singing "Goodbye, Norma Jean."

The city is throwing a send-off party Thursday night for a massive statue of Marilyn Monroe that has become beloved by both tourists and locals in the two years it was on loan from The Sculpture Foundation.

The Desert Sun reports the downtown public party will include a performance by the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and guests will include Carol Channing, who originated on Broadway the role Monroe played in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

In a few days the 26-foot-tall, 34,000-pound statue named "Forever Marilyn" will be taken from California to Hamilton, N.J., where it will be part of an exhibit honoring its designer, Seward Johnson.

The sculpture depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the "The Seven Year Itch."
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