August 5th is the anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe and one cannot help but feel a deep sadness for this tragic soul. She spent her life trying to find contentment and
happiness but a deep inner turmoil never allowed her the peace that she craved. Her turbulent and unsettled childhood instilled an insecurity which no amount of fame and
wealth could appease.
When Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood, California home by her live-in housekeeper Eunice Murray on August 5, 1962 she was 36 years old.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office ruled that she died by "acute barbiturate poisoning" and was a "probable suicide," but because of a lack of evidence, her death was
not actually classified a "suicide." There has always been speculation that she was murdered and even the first Los Angeles Police Department officer to arrive at the death
scene believed that she was murdered. However this belief is largely due to the suspicious delay before calling the police. Many wondered why it took so long to call them.
Was this because there was a 'cover up'? Maybe.... one explanation is that there was in deed a cover up but it was to protect her reputation even in death. In one report it was
stated that there was washing in the washing machine. It was an acknowledged fact that she slept without clothing and it is possible that when she died the contents of her
bowel may have been released. I think the delay was to clean her and present her on a clean bed when the 'eyes of the world' were once again focused on her. She would be
given some form of dignity on her death bed and the delay could have been a final act of compassion.
At 36 she was still a little girl crying out in the dark. Never accepted by the critics as a serious character actress. Desperate to impress she often carried the book 'The Life of
Abraham Lincoln'. She owned over 200 books including works by Tolstoy and Milton and preferred to listen to Beethoven but, no matter what, she could not lose her dumb
blond image. Her life was a masquerade. Ironically she did not even like the name Marilyn that the studio's insisted she use as her alliterative stage name.
As a consequence she slowly began dependences: On alcohol as it deadened her sensitivity and on pills as they dulled her constant pain from endometriosis. In May 1961,
she entered Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles for gynecological surgery. The following month, she found herself in the Polyclinic Hospital of New York for a
gallbladder operation. In addition, Marilyn suffered from an ulcerated colon and abnormal bleeding from the uterus.
Investigations into her death have concluded that she committed suicide. An overdose of barbiturates. If however she died from ingested pills then some evidence should
have been evident in the autopsy result. One of the most disturbing aspects of her story though came years later when it was reported that Veronica Hamel's contractors had
found bundles of wires hidden in the walls of the Bentwood home in which Marilyn had died. Apparently the technology for this type of telephone and eavesdropping
surveillance was not commercially available in 1962. Was she under constant surveillance? and if so could there possibly be, buried deep in some archive, tapes of her last
Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean Mortensen/Baker, lived and died a conundrum.
Something's Got to Give (1962) .... Ellen Wagstaff Arden
The Misfits (1961) .... Roslyn Taber
Some Like It Hot (1959) .... Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) .... Elsie Marina
Bus Stop (1956) .... Cherie
The Seven Year Itch (1955) .... The Girl
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) .... Vicky Hoffman/Vicky Parker
River of No Return (1954) .... Kay Weston
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) .... Pola Debevoise
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) .... Lorelei Lee
Niagara (1953) .... Rose Loomis
O. Henry's Full House (1952) .... Streetwalker (The Cop and the Anthem)
Monkey Business (1952) .... Miss Lois Laurel
Don't Bother to Knock (1952) .... Nell Forbes
We're Not Married! (1952) .... Annabel Jones Norris
Clash by Night (1952) .... Peggy
Let's Make It Legal (1951) .... Joyce Mannering
Love Nest (1951) .... Roberta 'Bobbie' Stevens
As Young as You Feel (1951) .... Harriet
Home Town Story (1951) .... Iris Martin
Right Cross (1950) (uncredited) .... Dusky Ledoux
All About Eve (1950) .... Miss Casswell
The Fireball (1950) .... Polly
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) .... Angela Phinlay
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950) (uncredited) .... Clara
Love Happy (1949) .... Grunion's Client
Ladies of the Chorus (1948) .... Peggy Martin
Green Grass of Wyoming (1948) (uncredited) .... Extra at Square Dance
Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) (uncredited) .... Girl in Canoe (lake scenes)/Girl Exiting Church
... aka Summer Lightning (UK)
You Were Meant for Me (1948) (unconfirmed)
Dangerous Years (1947) .... Evie - Waitress at the Gopher Hole
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) (uncredited) .... Telephone Operator
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