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newseum: On August 5, 1962, the 36-year-old actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead at home in Los Angeles. Her death was ruled a “probably suicide” by L.A. police. Widely publicized reports indicated she was found in the nude, face down on her bed with a telephone in hand with empty pill bottles nearby.


Marilyn Monroe’s funeral was arranged by her second husband, Joe DiMaggio. It was a small service, with only close family and friends attending. She was buried in what was known as “the Cadillac of caskets”, made of solid bronze and lined with champagne colored silk. Police were present to keep the press and public away from the funeral. They are seen guarding her casket in this print. Find it at


Marilyn Monroe's Funeral - 8th August 1962 at 1pm. 10:30 p.m.: Monroe's publicist Arthur P. Jacobs hurriedly leaves a concert at the Hollywood Bowl that he is attending with Trundy and director Mervyn LeRoy and his wife, after being informed by Monroe's lawyer Mickey Rudin that she has overdosed. Trundy's timeline fits with undertaker Guy Hockett's (see below) estimation that Monroe died sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m - 4th August 1962.


Marilyn Monroe at Clark Gables funeral Nov.16, 1960 long before the release date of "The Misfits" release date Feb 1, 1961


8/08/1962 L'enterrement de Marilyn - Divine Marilyn Monroe