1951 was an eventful year for rising star Marilyn Monroe. She enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied literature and art appreciation. She had minor parts in four films: the low-budget drama Home Town Story and three comedies: As Young as You Feel, Love Nest and Let’s Make It Legal, all of which were filmed on a moderate budget and became mildly successful.
In March 1951 she appeared as a presenter at the 23rd Academy Awards Ceremony. She presented the award (Oscar) for the Best Achievement in Sound.
Now check this out … this is a cancelled bank check/cheque from the personal Bank of America account of Marilyn Monroe. It is made payable to Schwab’s Drugs in the amount of $5.00 and dated October 5, 1951. It is written entirely in her own hand.
Schwab’s Pharmacy was a drug store located at 8024 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California. Like many drug stores in the United States throughout the mid-twentieth century, Schwab’s sold medicines and also had a counter serving coffees, ice cream dishes and light-meals.
Marilyn started going to Schwab’s Drug Store when she was a student at the Actors Lab. Many young actors and actresses used the coffee shop as a base to meet people and be noticed.