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June 26, 1952: Marilyn Monroe in court.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Tiffany / Mirror-News

Aug. 5, 1962: Deputy coroners remove body of Marilyn Monroe, covered by pale blue blanket, from Westwood Village Mortuary, for trip to morgue. This photo was published in the Aug. 6, 1962 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Beebe / Los Angeles Times

Crowds watch as Marilyn Monroe's casket arrives at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on Aug. 8, 1962. This photo, published in the next day's Los Angeles Times, was taken from the top of the nearby Kirkeby Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Marilyn Monroe's casket is removed from Westwood Memorial Park Chapel after her funeral on Aug. 8, 1962. Only 31 mourners were invited to the rites. This photo was published in the next day's Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Former New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe's second husband, and his son Joe Jr., wearing his Marine dress uniform, at Monroe's funeral on Aug. 8, 1962.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Pat Newcomb, center, weeps after the funeral for Marilyn Monroe on Aug. 8, 1962. Newcomb was Monroe's press agent. A cropped version of this photo was published in the next day's Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A quiet crowd of about 500 spectators formed along the wall of the cemetery grounds to watch as Marilyn Monroe's casket was moved the 300 feet from chapel to crypt after her funeral. This photo was published in the Aug. 9, 1962, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

A mortuary attendant arranges flowers in front of the crypt where Marilyn Monroe was interred on Aug. 8, 1962. This photo was published in the next day's Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Sam and Enid Kindelcamp, former foster parents of Marilyn Monroe, talk with her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio at funeral services for the actress. This photo was published in the Aug. 9, 1962, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

On the day Monroe's death was announced, a crowd gathered near her handprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Monteverde / Los Angeles Times

Mourners visit Monroe's grave at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on June 1, 1963, on what would have been her 37th birthday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

Monroe returns to Los Angeles from a vacation in Mexico just a few months before her death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times

Monroe leaves the witness stand in 1952 after testifying in a case against two men accused of distributing nude photos of her.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Tiffany / Los Angeles Mirror

Monroe in 1954 after a court hearing in her divorce from Joe DiMaggio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Lacks / Los Angeles Mirror

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

Monroe in 1956.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

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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 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 third husbands, Jim Doherty and playwright Arthur Miller, did not show.

In an Aug. 9, 1962 Los Angeles Times story, Frank Laro reported:

Joe DiMaggio, grief-stricken ex-husband of Marilyn Monroe, leaned over her casket Wednesday, kissed her lips and whispered, “I love you, I love you.”

The famed Yankee Clipper did not recover his composure after chapel ceremonies for the beautiful blond actress and wept as he followed her body to its crypt.

As beautiful in death as in life, the actress lay in an open bronze casket during the non-denominational rites, wearing a simple green sheath dress and a green scarf around her neck.

In her hand was a tiny bouquet of baby pink roses put there by DiMaggio.

Marilyn, only 36 when she died of an overdose of barbiturates early Sunday, was described at her funeral as “a warm, human being, impulsive and shy, sensitive and in fear of rejection, yet ever avid for live and reaching out for fulfillment.”

Those words were delivered in a moving eulogy by the star’s former acting coach and close personal friend, Lee Strasberg, in a rustic frame chapel surrounded by palms, pepper and redwood trees in a small family cemetery.

There wet only 31 invited mourners at the services in the Westwood Memorial Park Chapel, at 1218 Glendon Ave., Westwood.

But a crowd of 500 movie fans and representatives of the press – reminiscent of the masses that appeared whenever the glamorous star ventured into public life – gathered outside the cemetery, along on of its walls and on rooftops.

More than 100 city policemen, Pinkerton guards and studio security officers were there to handle the crowd, but it was quiet and orderly. …

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.

[Updated Aug. 5, 2014 with seven images from the Marilyn Monroe funeral and additional text.]

[For the record, Aug. 5, 2014: An earlier version of this post reported that Arthur Miller was Marilyn Monroe's second husband. He was her third husband.]

For more, check out this previous From the Archives photo gallery Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio divorce.

 

4 Comments

  1. January 19, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Joe was right to keep those mongrels who were the cause of Marilyn's death from her funeral.

    By: sydneyla
  2. February 28, 2013, 6:22 am

    Your facts need to be researched better. Jim Dougherty and Arthur Miller were her 1st and 3rd husbands, Joe was her second. Joe whispered "I love you" 3 times, not 2…Joe didn't just attend her funeral, he arranged it. He decided which guests were permitted and even identified her body.

    By: BlondeBridgette
  3. May 16, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Killed <only because of the excellence … How long will remain the intelligence to do so .. as crimes affecting art … killed Michael Jackson .. Marilyn and Amy Wayne House and Whitney Houston
    Qusay Tariq

    By: acadme_s@yahoo.com
  4. October 13, 2013, 7:04 am

    The actress died of an apparent sleeping pill overdose in her Brentwood home on Aug. 5, 1962. Monroe had a meteoric rise to stardom

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