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Marilyn’s funeral

Her funeral, held at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on August 8th, was private and attended by only her closest associates. The service was arranged by Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn’s half-sister Berniece Baker Miracle and Mariyln’s business manager Inez Melson. Inez confirmed it was Marilyn’s wish to not have a memorial service with mobs of people. She said, “Joe selected the casket and I selected the guest list.”

Hundreds of spectators crowded the streets around the cemetery with security protecting the privacy of the cemetery. Marilyn is entombed at Crypt No. 24 at the Corridor of Memories.

Marilyn was dressed in her mint green Pucci dress which she had worn at a press conference in Mexico. In her hands was a bouquet of small pink roses.  

Marilyn had asked her long-time friend and make-up artist, Allan ‘Whitey’ Snyder to do her makeup should she die before he died. He said, “Sure, drop off the body while it’s still warm and I’ll do it.”

She gifted him a Tiffany money clip engraved, “Whitey Dear, While I’m still warm, Marilyn.”

He kept his word. The eulogy was delivered by Lee Strasberg. You can listen to it here.

The music played was Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and a recording of Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow.

Joe kissed Marilyn’s forehead, telling her “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Those invited were:

  • Berniece Miracle (Half-Sister)
  • Joe DiMaggio & Joe DiMaggio Jnr. (Ex-Husband & Son)
  • Lee and Paula Strasberg (Acting Coaches)
  • Dr Ralph Greenson and Family (Psychiatrist)
  • Allan Snyder (Make-up Artist and Close Friend)
  • Inez and Pat Melson (Inez was Marilyn’s Business Manager)
  • Sydney Guilaroff (Hairdresser and Friend)
  • Agnes Flanagan (Hairdresser)
  • Anne and Mary Karger (Longtime Friends)
  • George Solotaire (Friend of DiMaggio & Marilyn)
  • Pat Newcomb (Marilyn’s Publicist)
  • Eunice Murray (Marilyn’s Housekeeper)
  • Rudy Kautzky (Marilyn’s Chauffeur)
  • Florence Thomas (Marilyn’s Chambermaid)
  • Enid & Sam Knebelkamp (One of Marilyn’s Foster Parents)
  • Aaron Frosch (Marilyn’s Lawyer)
  • Milton Rudin (Marilyn’s Lawyer)
  • May Reis (Marilyn’s Secretary)
  • Ralph Roberts (Marilyn’s Masseuse)
  • Erwin and Anne Goddard (Grace Goddard’s Family)
Our Marilyn Monroe



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