Names in the news, July 16: Marilyn Monroe, Loretta Lynn

Posted July 15, 2011, at 7:04 p.m.

Her makers had hoped to keep her identity a mystery. But from the moment those giant gams stepped onto Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in the heat of the night Monday, that telltale white skirt blown askew, there was little doubt that the 26-foot-tall sculpture — whose head was covered by a plastic sheet — would turn out to be anyone other than Marilyn Monroe (photo). The plastic covering was ceremoniously removed early Friday morning, at last revealing what downtown residents, commuters and tourists will see there for months to come. Dubbed “Forever Marilyn,” the sculpture by New Jersey-based artist Seward Johnson will live in Chicago through what will be a rather chilly winter for the bare-legged icon. It’s scheduled to depart in the spring. … Country star Loretta Lynn says she is recovering from heat exhaustion that forced her to cancel two weekend shows — and that she’ll need to stay out of her garden in the stifling heat. The 76-year-old said in a statement Friday that “there ain’t a tomato worth it.” The Country Music Hall of Famer canceled shows in eastern Ohio and Connecticut after being hospitalized for heat exhaustion and dehydration. She’s now home resting on her ranch 60 miles west of Nashville. Temperatures across the southeast soared in recent days, with the heat index in some places topping 100. … Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a monument to hundreds of mathematicians and cryptographers who worked in secret during World War II to crack Nazi Germany’s communications codes. The monarch and her husband visited Bletchley Park northwest of London, former home of the top-secret Code and Cypher School, whose staff cracked Adolf Hitler’s supposedly unbreakable codes. Historians believe their work shortened the war by as much as two years, but they were forbidden from disclosing their work for decades afterward.

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