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1962: Monroe dead at 36

Aug. 6, 1962:

It’s not a GOOD MORNING in Hollywood, reeling from the tragic death of Marilyn Monroe. Last week she seemed happy with the thought of working in “Something’s Got To Give” — in December when Dean Martin would be free of “Toys In The Attic.” …The news was phoned to Frisco and Joe DiMaggio who seemingly had been spending a lotta time in L.A. since Marilyn’s problems with “Something’s”. But they had not been seeing each other — except when they crossed paths at La Scala — as they did a week ago. The accidental meeting unnerved MM, who often dined alone, late, at the BevHills spot…And the town’s number one glamour gal also spent many evenings lately dining at home — alone with dinner sent over from La Scala…Peter Lawford realized how seriously ill Marilyn had become as a result of the bombardment she received from her delays of “Something.” Lawford, you recall, called this department on her behalf, asking us to quote him to the industry: “I think it’s time to stop attacking her.” Marilyn had always been a pal of the press — when you could finally reach her. She enjoyed giving out with those obvious quotable quotes….Her confession in Life mag last week which read like a transcript from a psychiatrist’s couch revealed, perhaps, the key to her basic problems when she said, “The whole world was always closed to me” until she was 11 years old. MM was late for everything — but much too early for death. (She was only 36).

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