In August 1962, when Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home of a probable suicide -- lying face down in bed, nude, and with a telephone in one hand -- the news captivated America. But so did the star's funeral. Joe DiMaggio, Monroe's baseball star ex-husband, was in charge of arrangements and invited only 25 of Monroe's closest family and friends -- famously snubbing the Kennedys and Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, whom DiMaggio held partially responsible for Monroe's death.
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|Marilyn Monroe in 1962|
The service was performed at the small Westwood Village Mortuary Chapel, and DiMaggio asked Monroe's legendary acting teacher, Lee Strasberg, to deliver the eulogy. "Marilyn Monroe was a legend," Strasberg began. "In her own lifetime she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain...
"But I have no words to describe the myth and the legend. I did not know this Marilyn Monroe. We gathered here today knew only Marilyn -- a warm human being, impulsive and shy, sensitive and in fear of rejection, yet ever avid for life."
Now, 52 years later, a Miami Shores man is preparing to put the original manuscript -- the one actually read by Strasberg -- up for auction.
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