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Aug. 8, 1962: Days after actress Marilyn Monroe’s death at 36, family and close friends held an intimate funeral with only 31 mourners, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The actress died of an apparent sleeping pill overdose in her Brentwood home on Aug. 5, 1962. Monroe had a meteoric rise to stardom, particularly in the 1950s with her roles in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “The Seven-Year Itch” and “Some Like it Hot.”
But the star was as famous as she was notorious. Married and divorced three times, Monroe’s troubled private life was often thrust into the public eye. In 1954, she had a short marriage to New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio.
DiMaggio was among the attendees at Monroe’s funeral, wrote Times writer Frank Laro, though Monroe’s first and second husbands, Jim Doherty and playwright Arthur Miller, did not show.
“I love you, I love you,” DiMaggio said over Monroe’s casket. In the years after Monroe’s death, the Times reported, DiMaggio sent a bouquet of roses to Monroe’s crypt three times a week.
See the photo gallery above for more images of Monroe over the years.
Monroe with attorney Jerry Geisler. The original caption noted the actress appeared on the verge of collapse. "I'm sorry," she whispered. "I can't say anything, I'm sorry." At the time, she was going through divorce proceedings with baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Murphy / Los Angeles Times