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This dissertation presents an empirical phenomenological study of celebrity grave tourists at the site of Marilyn Monroe's grave in Los Angeles, CA. The purpose of this study was to fill a gap in the literature regarding the lived experience of celebrity grave tourists and their underlying motivations. This project was significant because it better explained an under-represented aspect of dark tourism by addressing the behaviors and motivations behind celebrity grave tourism. A qualitative empirical phenomenological method was employed. This approach relied upon the use of multiple in depth e-mail interviews and theme analysis. The results of the study suggested that people will seek out dark tourism when it involves an iconic celebrity who is part of larger American pop culture, which was how people perceived Marilyn Monroe. Regardless of whether or not people are fans or feel personally connected with Marilyn Monroe, visiting her gravesite can be a fascinating experience for tourists.
Celebrity; Cemetery; Grave; Los Angeles; Marilyn Monroe; Tourist
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Baidwan, Surjeet, "Six Feet from Fame: Exploring Dark Tourism Motivation at Marilyn Monroe's Grave" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2464.