Statement to the Press and to the World

'We sincerely hope that the many friends of Marilyn will understand that we are deeply appreciative of
their desire to pay last respects to Marilyn whom we all loved. We hope that each person will
understand that last rites must of great necessity be as private as possible so that she can go on to her
final resting place in the quiet she always sought. We could not in conscience ask one
personality to attend without perhaps offending many, many others and for this reason alone, we have
kept the number of persons to a minimum. Please...all of you...remember the gay, sweet Marilyn and
say a prayer of farewell within the confines of your home or your church.'

Berniece Miracle
Inez Melson
Joe DiMaggio

Why do things happen this way, my dear ?
~ Louella Parsons

"Marilyn Monroe's unique charisma was the force that caused distant men to think that if only a well-intentioned, understanding person like me could have known
her, she would have been all right. In death, it has caused women who before resented her frolicsome sexuality to join in the unspoken plea she leaves behind - the
simple, noble wish to be taken seriously."
~ Time magazine

"Her death has diminished the loveliness of the world in which we live."
~ Life magazine

"Marilyn Monroe…the most fragile and loveable legend of all."
~ Look magazine

"She was pure of heart. She was free of guile. She never understood either the adoration or the antagonism which she awakened."
~ Edward Wagenknecht

"She stood for life. She radiated life. In her smile hope was always present. She glorified in life, and her death did not mar this final image. She had become a legend in
her own time, and in her death, took her place among the myths of our century. "
~ John Kobal

"The girl was an addict of sleeping tablets and she was made so by the goddam doctors."
~ John Huston

"This atrocious death will be a terrible lesson for those whose principal occupation consists in spying on and tormenting the film stars."
~ Jean Cocteau

"Anyone who has ever felt resentment against the good for being the good, and has given voice to it, is the murderer of Marilyn Monroe."
~ Ayn Rand

"It had to happen. I didn't know when or how, but it was inevitable."
~ Arthur Miller

"She will go on eternally."
~ Jackie Kennedy Onassis

"In one sense, then, her life is completed, because her spirit is formed and has achieved itself. No matter what unpredictable events may be in her future, they cannot
change who she is and what she has become."
~ Maurice Zolotow

"She could have made it with a little luck."
~ Arthur Miller

"Gosh there were a lot of people who loved her. She had loyal fans.There were no pretenses about Marilyn Monroe."
~ Carl Sandburg

"She seemed to have a kind of unconscious glow about her physical self that was innocent, like a child. When she posed nude, it was 'Gee, I arn kind of, you know, sort
of dishy,' like she enjoyed it without being egotistical."
~ Elizabeth Taylor

"I know people who say 'Hollywood broke her heart,' and all that, but I don't believe it. She was very observant and tough minded and appealing, but she adored and
trusted the wrong people. She was very courageous-you know the book Twelve Against the Gods? Marilyn was like that, she had to challenge the gods at every turn."
~ George Cukor, director

"Still she hangs like a bat in the heads of the men who met her, and none of us will ever forget her."
~ Sammy Davis, Jr.

"Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died? Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: 'How
can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty . . . how could she kill herself?' Nobody could understand it because those are the things that everybody wants,
and they can't believe that life wasn't important to Marilyn Monroe, or that her life was elsewhere."
~ MarIon Brando

"It's difficult to say what Marilyn's future would have been, but I believe her career would have continued, and she would have been an important actress. I never
worked with her, but I think some of the people who did failed to give her the patience and consideration she needed. She had her problems. She was disturbed in
many areas, and those who weren't close friends of hers may not have realized how grave some of her personal problems were."
~ Peter Lawford

"I never worked with Marilyn Monroe, but if she'd lived, I think she would have been all right. She would have been President of the United States."
~ Walter Matthau

"I was in New York, and she was here at the Waldorf towns and she called me up and wanted to talk to me. I never got around to it, so of course the next thing I know
she is gone. I saw Pat Newcomb down in Washington, and she was Mrs. Kennedy's secretary I guess at that time. I had lunch with her, a long lunch. And she said 'You
know Marilyn really wanted to talk to you, she really needed to talk to you'. Made me feel great..meanwhile she had....left us."
~ Robert Mitchum

"She was so lovely and too young to die. God bless her...I never met Marilyn Monroe, but if I had, I would have tried very hard to help her...A sex symbol is a heavy
load to carry when one is tired, hurt, and bewildered."
~ Clara Bow,The "It girl" of the silver screen (1905-1965)

"It may sound peculiar to say so, because she is no longer with us, but we were very close. Once when we were doing that picture together, I got a call on the set: my
younger daughter had had a fall. I ran home and the one person to call was Marilyn. She did an awful lot to boost things up for movies when everything was at a low
state; there'll never be anyone like her for looks, for attitude, for all of it."
~ Betty Grable

"If you knew every last detail of Marilyn's death, you still wouldn't know any more about her...who she was or the mysteries of the human heart, which were the
things she was interested in."
~ Susan Strasberg

"Marilyn was the quintessential victim of the male and also of her own self-destroying perversities. "
~ Hedda Rosten

"She was a difficult woman, you know. We liked her and we said the nicest things about her and she deserved them; but, she was trouble and she brought that whole
baggage of emotional difficulties of her childhood with her."
~ Norman Rosten

"I have great faith that her career would have continued. She was one of the greatest draws in the history of motion pictures, and today I think she would have been
tops. Marilyn had a childlike quality which made men adore her. Yet women weren't jealous. Like John Wayne and a few other giants, she had a star quality that
had nothing to do with acting. . . . What women in pictures can compare with her today? Nobody."
~ Ben Lyon

" I miss her. It was like going to the dentist, making a picture with her. It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful."
~ Billy Wilder

"Never a week passes when I don't wish she was still around."
~ Billy Wilder"

"She had flesh which photographs like flesh. You feel you can reach out and touch it. Unique is an overworked word, but in her case it applies. There will never be
another one like her, and Lord knows there have been plenty of imitations."
~ Billy Wilder upon hearing of Marilyn's passing.

"I knew Marilyn and I loved her dearly. She asked me for help - ME! I didn't know what to tell her. One night at a party at Clifton Webb's house Marilyn followed me
from room to room. 'I don't want to get too far away from you, I'm scared,' she said. I told her 'We're all scared. I'm scared too."
~ Judy Garland

"It's my feeling that Marilyn looked forward to her tomorrows."
~ Eunice Murray, Marilyn's housekeeper

"Fifty years on, we're still watching her movies and talking about her. That's not a dumb woman trust me."
~ Lauren Bacall
Originally posted to Immortal Marilyn Fan Club by long time member Ross McNaughton on
October 11, 2002.

A friend has sent me some vintage clippings of Marilyn, and
amongst them is a page from Letters to the Editor from Time magazine
of August 17, 1962

On Marilyn's death Time naturally reported it, but the person who
wrote the article wrote a rather mean spirited one.

I can remember the response from one lady when I read this 40 years ago,
and the rather touching poem she included with her letter.

Thought the complete letter might be of interest to you all -


Such venom, such malignity, such vindictiveness, such cold-blooded
malevolence must, indeed, have curdled the blood of the author of
"The Only Blonde In The World".

Even while this poor butterfly, broken on the wheel, was being laid in
her grave, I read the article, and every ounce of decency in me rose up
in rebellion against such complete lack of common charity.
Better to have had the understanding of Thomas Hood when he wrote :

"One more Unfortunate,
Weary of breath
Rashly importunate,
Gone to her death!
Take her up tenderly
Lift her with care;
Fashioned so slenderly,
Young and so fair!"

Mrs Ada R Corder
Salt Lake City

I still find this terribly moving when I read it.

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I'm 36 years old and I don't mind the age. I like the view from
here. The future is here for me and I have to make the most of
it, as every woman must. So, when you hear all the talk about
how tardy I am or how often it seems I make people wait,
remember: I'm waiting, too. I've been waiting all my life."

~ Marilyn Monroe

The still of the night - By Claire Stevenson.

The still of the night was only disturbed by the gentlest hint of a breeze,

The warmth of the summer evening touched upon everything the breeze carried it across,

Caressed her bare skin like the touch of a lover lost.

Lost........ ......... so much she had lost, so lost she had become,

Lost in a world of sharks, out for one taste of her blood,

Lost in a world of sycophants, secretly tarnishing her name with mud.

Peace is what she craved, just an ounce to send her to sleep,

Just a little bit of privacy and quiet, was all Marilyn did seek.

A soothing voice, a comforting hand, a constant support to see her through Hollywood land,

This is what she craved, a one and only to her,

A person made to look after her, to take away her pain and her hurt.

Yet her refuge was a little orange bottle, containing a seductive escape,

Seducing to her eyes, make no mistake.

But a mistake was made, and too much refuge was sort,

Until the orange bottle was empty, ceasing her never ending thoughts.

If only I was born earlier,

If only I could come back,

If only I could get to you,

And help you back on track.

On that fateful August night in 1962, I’ll always regret it was impossible for me to find my way
to you,

Marilyn I would have held you in my arms, and never have let you go.

Box 33
Shar Daws

'Time goes, you say? Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go.'
Henry Austin Dobson

Once she sat on a bench, the sun warming
her arms as she read, now she’s on a cold
steel tray in refrigerated box no. 33.
Usually hair and makeup before a photo shoot,
the mortuary is the studio, no beautification
required, just three bottles of whiskey
to bribe foolish attendants
for quality time with the passive model.
As always, she gave the photographer
what he wanted but not what he was expecting.

In the embalming room,
rolled onto her side, blonde hair
frizzed and brittle was hacked,
discarded carelessly to the trash,
along with the falsies that were unable
to disguise the damage of the autopsy.
The embalmer made a ‘Y’ incision
to reduce the swelling in her neck
before dressing her in her favourite
chartreuse Pucci dress. Breasts
were formed out of cotton
from the prep-room shelf.
With a flask of gin the grim
task of transforming a wretched carcass
back into the woman the world would recognise
took place. A blonde wig,
green scarf and a gift
of baby pink roses completed the story.
An assistant grabbed the remnants
of hair and falsies from the trash
stuffing his retirement fund into his pocket.
For two years after, when opening the bag
that contained her false breasts and hair
he could still smell her cologne
until it became Real Estate in California.
Cursum Perficio, "My journey has ended".
Tiles outside the door of her last home.