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Marilyn Monroe back in spotlight

A Fergus woman’s assembling of collectables related to Marilyn Monroe forms the basis of an exhibit that will be on display for four months at the Wellington County Museum and Archives.
The exhibit based on Melinda Mason’s collection will open on Friday Sept. 12 with a tour of the gallery and a “1950s night at the movies,” which will showcase Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starting at 7 p.m., a news release said.
There will be sodas, treats and hula hoops at the event, the release said. Doors open at 6 p.m., with admission by donation.
More than 100 items related to one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses will be on display in both the archives and the museum, and the exhibit will run to Jan. 11, 2015. It’s the latest in a series of exhibits based on various collections of Wellington County residents. “Marilyn Monroe is a pop cultural icon whose image is recognizable today, but few know her true story,” curatorial assistant Amy Dunlop said in the release. “We are happy to have on display some images, collectables and one-of-a-kind items celebrating Marilyn through the eyes of our collector, Melinda Mason.”
Mason said she has been collecting items related to Munroe for 25 years.
“As a teenager I was a huge Madonna fan, and in one of her videos she pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ performance,” Mason said in the release. “I remember watching a news program about the similarities between the two, and I immediately became captivated by Marilyn and wanted to learn more about her. At the same time I was also bitten by the collecting bug.”

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