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.”
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)
Enjoying some vintage time ❤
Olive Thomas (October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920) was an American silent film actress and model.
Thomas began her career as an illustrators’ model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four-year film career. That year she also married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford.
On September 10, 1920, Thomas died of acute nephritis in Paris five days after consuming mercury bichloride. Although her death was ruled accidental, news of her hospitalization due to the poison and Thomas’ subsequent death were the subject of media speculation. Thomas’ death has been cited as one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.
So, today is the birthday of another favorite actress of mine: Mae west and I’m trying to share one of my favorite videos of her: an Interview with Dick Cavett.
I love this interview because it was actually a funny one, once, Mae made the interviewer embarrassed many times with her directs answers and I found that too funny, kind of impossible not to.
Pretty obvious Mae was the kind of lady who did what she wanted and the way she wanted in a time when not all did that, even stating that she had made a fortune out of censorship.
Wanted to spend the day watching some movies and reading more about her, but will just have time for this at night, so want to wish a happy birthday to this lady that didn’t even take too long to become one of my favorites from the Old Hollywood.
Happy Birthday, Mae! 🎂💕