Norma Jean Baker — aka Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe, Artichoke Queen

As a young starlet, Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker at the time) came to Castroville in 1948 on a promotional junket for a local jewelry store. She made such an impression on the area’s artichoke growers that they proclaimed her the “California Artichoke Queen.” Doesn’t that only ever happen in the movies?!

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