A new Van Nuys post office would be named for Marilyn Monroe under legislation introduced Thursday by U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, who noted the Hollywood icon attended high school in the area.
The idea was first proposed by the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council two years ago and was recently approved by the group. Members have noted Monroe's link to the area was a significant one. The actress once said living in Van Nuys was the happiest time of her life.
Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, attended Van Nuys High School in the 1940s. She was living with an aunt after an unstable childhood spent in foster homes and as a ward of the state. She went on to star in 29 films and had three ex-husbands, including baseball great Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. Monroe died in 1962.
Cárdenas, D-Pacoima, introduced the legislation with other California representatives in support, including Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, and Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita.
“It will be particularly inspirational for the students of Van Nuys High School, who will have a constant reminder of the heights they can reach if they apply themselves,” Cárdenas said in a statement. “Marilyn Monroe defied the odds, rising from humble beginnings in Southern California to become a star.”
If passed, Marilyn Monroe's name will be placed on the postal facility in the Civic Center at 6531 Van Nuys Blvd.
The naming of post offices after individuals is a relatively recent practice in the history of the postal service, with the first legislation passed by Congress in 1967.