Sunday, August 5, 1962: Marilyn Monroe

From The Associated Press, August 6:
Blonde and beautiful Marilyn Monroe, a glamorous symbol of the gay, exciting life of Hollywood, died tragically Sunday.
Her body was found in bed, a probable suicide. She was 36.
The long-troubled star clutched a telephone in one hand. An empty bottle of sleeping pills was nearby.

From United Press International, August 6:
Marilyn Monroe was dead Monday at 36, victim of an overdose of drugs which ended a tempestuous, glamorous rocket ride to fame and personal tragedy.
The figure on which she rose to stardom was found stretched across the bed of her modest Brentwood home, her lifeless hand grasping a telephone.

* "Death of a Star" (newsreel): @
* Newsreel of funeral: @
* Newsreel archive footage (from British Pathe): @
* "The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe" (Donald H. Wolfe, 2012): @
* "Marilyn Monroe: The FBI Files" (2007): @
* "Marilyn lets her hair down about being famous" (Life magazine, August 3, 1962): @
* marilynmonroe.com: @
* Earlier post on "Happy birthday, Mr. President" (May 19, 1962): @
* Earlier post on "The Misfits" (February 1, 1961): @

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