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Liqueur Chocolates (1965)

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Marilyn Monroe at rest

It’s been quite a time, so I really felt I should work on this post after I saw some people sharing these pictures….downloadfile

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on groups about Marilyn Monroe stating that it was a photo of Marilyn during her funeral.

Well… I guess that’s pretty obvious that’s not truth, but some people still share it claiming it is.

This is a painted bronze sculpture of Marilyn in her casket entitled: At Rest, by Italian artist Paolo Schmidlin.The work presents the actress in the green dress and scarf she was buried in, complete with a veil covering her open coffin.

There is no picture of Marilyn Monroe’s open casket funeral. We all have seen the picture of Marilyn at the morgue, but we also know that Joe Dimaggio didn’t invite those from Hollywood to Marilyn’s funeral, that only family and close friends, in the total, 31 mourner, were there, and obviously he wouldn’t have allowed her body to be photographed.

I googled this and I found this related to what exactly happened during her funeral: “Joe DiMaggio, grief-stricken ex-husband of Marilyn Monroe, leaned over her casket Wednesday, kissed her lips and whispered ‘I love you, I love you”. The famed Yankee Clipper didn’t recover his composure after the chapel ceremonies for the beautiful blonde actress and wept as he followed her body to its crypt. As beautiful in death as in life, the actress lay in an open bronze casket during the non-denominational rites, wearing a simple green sheath dress and a green scarf around her neck. In her hand was a tiny bouquet of baby pink roses put there by DiMaggio. There were only 31 invited mourners at the services in the Westwood Memorial Park Chapel, at 1218 Glendon Ave, Westwood, but a crowd of 500 movie fans and representatives of the press – reminiscent of the masses that appeared whenever the glamorous star ventured into public life – gathered outside the cemetery, along on of its walls and on rooftops.”

(Link: http://framework.latimes.com/2011/08/08/funeral-for-a-hollywood-legend-the-death-of-marilyn-monroe/)

If you Google “Marilyn Monroe in her casket” you will surely find these pictures, but you also will find the site: Snopes, saying that it’s false.

Regarding the sculpture, its creator, Paolo Schmidlin, said: “Even the most photographed woman in the world – such as an icon immortal Marilyn Monroe – there is a final image ending its short earthly parable and that could give meaning to this brief life. That’s why i wanted to represent it even as she rests in her coffin, in silence, finally at peace. The passions and sorrows of the world already so far away”

(Here you can read the article and see more pictures of the statue as well: https://www.snopes.com/photos/people/marilynfuneral.asp)

Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton

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Today’s Birthday: Buster Keaton. 🎈
Born in October 4, 1895 he was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.” Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton’s “extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, [when] he worked without interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor–director in the history of the movies.