Iconic Celebrity Homes That Will Astound

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in front of their Connecticut house

Have you ever wondered where the most beloved stars of Hollywood's golden era called home? Or if they're all that different from where you live? From the era of silent film to stars of the 1970s, these rare vintage photos of expensive celebrity homes will show you just how the other side really lives.

Look closer at these photos and you won't just see outrageous houses and expensive mega mansions, you'll see what your favorite actors and musicians were really like. These snapshots show the places that the most beloved celebrities in the world retired to when they were exhausted of the spotlight. In essence, these homes are extensions of who they really are.

The lifestyles of the rich and famous really are fascinating, but they're just like normal people in many ways. They want a place to call home and a place where they can get some peace and quiet. Look deep and you might see a bit of yourself in these recently uncovered photos...

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Marilyn Monroe was at the apex of her fame when she married playwright Arthur Miller in 1956. Following their wedding Monroe became an official east coaster and began living in the couple's Sutton Place apartment in Manhattan, a home in upstate New York and a out of the way estate in Connecticut. At the time she was happy to never to return to the west coast.

While in Connecticut the couple spent much of their time in a two-story home in the middle of a 325 acres of land. This secluded wonderland was allegedly chosen because Monroe told Miller shortly after tying the knot:

I hate Hollywood, I don't want it any more. I want to live quietly in the country and just be there when you need me. I can't fight for myself any more... All my life I've been alone. Now for the first time, the really first time, I feel I'm not alone any more. For the first time I have a feeling of being sheltered. It's as if I have come out of the cold.