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Marilyn Monroe 30 Day Challenge.

28. Least favourite person in Marilyn Monroe’s life and why: These two. Dr. Ralph Greenson and Eunice Murray. They are both very shady people, in my opinion. I think Greenson took advantage of having a big star as his patient. Although things related to anything medicine/doctors/therapy wasn’t as well understood then as it is today, I think even back then it was seen as odd to have a patient visit your own home and have dinner with your family. I think he went much further than any doctor should. He had Marilyn hire Eunice Murray, the ‘housekeeper.’ I don’t even know how to describe these two - I literally keep pausing to find the right words and I can’t seem to find them. Basically, to me, they didn’t have Marilyn’s best interests in mind. I think Eunice Murray was much more than a housekeeper. They knew more than they would ever tell about her death, and that just isn’t right…not because the public is curious, but because it’s simply the right thing to do especially in the event of someone dying!! Gosh, I’m getting a headache just thinking about this. They make me angry and I hate that they took advantage of Marilyn. I just hate it.

Eunice  separated from her husband soon afterward. Greenson hired her to work in the homes of his important clients. In her autobiography, Murray writes that Greenson sent her to work with clients who were “seriously ill with depression or schizophrenia, [or with] others, like Marilyn Monroe, [who] was simply recovered from stressful experiences and needed supportive aid.” The most commonly held view is that Murray’s role was to be the doctor’s eyes and ears, reporting back on what his patients said and did. According to Murray’s son-in-law Philip Laclair, “ She did it for the money. Her husband left her badly, she had no formal training as a nurse- not even a high school education- but she was a kind woman and became a valuable asset to Greenson. She always followed his orders very closely.”
In November 1961, on Greenson’s recommendation, Marilyn hired Eunice as her companion, driver, nurse and housekeeper. Murray was initially taken on at a weekly salary of $60 ( or $100, depending on sources). Murray accompanied Marilyn  on her furniture-buying spree to Mexico in February 1962, taking the opportunity to visit her brother-in-law Churchill Murray, who lived in Mexico City. Hairdresser George Masters, who also went along on the trip, found her very bizarre indeed: “She was- how can I put it? -a very weird woman, like a witch. Terrifying, I remember thinking. She was terrifically jealous of Marilyn, separating her from her friends- just a divisive person." 

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Since Marilyn’s death, and the emergence of rumors surrounding one or both Kennedy brothers, a great deal of scrutiny has fallen on Mrs. Murray. In 1985 she told BBC documentary makers that Robert Kennedy had indeed been at Marilyn’s home on the afternoon of Marilyn’s last day alive. However, she later retracted this admission, claiming, “I’m in my eighty-second year. Once in a while, everything becomes confused.”

#Marilynettes #RIPMarilyn ~ Atfer Eunice Murray found her body she called Dr. Engelberg who quickly arrived at Marilyn’s house. Dr. Engelberg was probably the one who turned Marilyn onto her back. Dr. Greenson arrived a little while after Dr. Engelberg. 

Dr. Greenson called Marilyn’s lawyer Milton Rudin to inform him of her death. Rudin then called Arthur Jacobs (handled Marilyn’s publicity) to inform him of Marilyn’s death. Jacobs quickly left the party he was at to go to Marilyn’s home.

#Marilynettes #RIPMarilyn ~ Between 8:30 to 9pm on August 4, 1962 Marilyn’s lawyer Milton Rudin called her. Eunice Murray answered and was asked to check if Marilyn was ok. Murray apparently didn’t open the door to Marilyn’s room, but just put her ear to the door. Murray told him Marilyn was ok. This message got back to Peter Lawford who was worried that something was wrong with her. 

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A number of discrepancies have been identified in her testimony. To start with, the brand-new deep pile carpeting was too thick to allow light to be seen under the door; in later testimonies, Eunice said she was alerted by the telephone call. A bigger doubt regards the locked door. Some biographers claim that there was no working lock on the door, and Marilyn had always slept with her bedroom door open. Indeed, she abhorred the idea of locks altogether after her brief and distressing enforced stay in a psychiatric ward at  the Payne-Whitney hospital.
Murray has also not been consistent regarding the timing of the discovery, and hence the time, of Marilyn’s death. She is said to have told the first policeman to arrive on the scene, Sergeant Jack Clemmons, that she first alerted Dr. Greenson at midnight, not 3 A.M. as she later told officials. Clemmons said that when he arrived at the house at 4:40 A.M., Mrs. Murray was busy running the washing machine and cleaning up. Detective Sergeant Robert E. Byron, who took over from Clemmons, wrote in his official police report, “It is officer’s opinion that Mrs. Murray was vague and possibly evasive in answering questions pertaining to the activities of Miss Monroe during this time." 

It has been reported that Murray was planning to accompany her sister and brother-in-law on a trip to Europe starting August 6, but she didn’t tell Marilyn until August 1. Marilyn wrote her a check and told her not to bother coming back in September. According to more than one biographer, Marilyn had already contacted a former maid ( Hattie Stevenson or Florence Thomas, depending on who is telling the story) to see if she could come as a replacement. Marilyn’s friends viewed the removal of Murray as a positive step by Marilyn in reclaiming her life, and a sign that she was coming out from under the thrall of Dr. Greenson.
On August 4, 1962, the last day that Marilyn was seen alive, Eunice Murray reported for duty at 8 a.m. One of the few undisputed facts about what happened that day was that Mrs. Murray was there the entire time- and, oddly enough, she stayed overnight: she did not return to her Santa Monica home. 

Pat Newcomb recalled, “At first Marilyn sought her advice because she was supposed to be this wonderful housekeeper Greenson had found for her. But from day one, I did not trust Eunice Murray, who seemed to be always snooping around. I tried to stay out of her way because I just didn’t like her. She was sort of a spook, always hovering, always on the fringes of things.” Other members of Marilyn’s entourage, such as Allan “Whitey” Snyder, remembered her as “a very strange lady… she was always whispering-whispering and listening. She was this constant presence, reporting everything back to Greenson, and Marilyn quickly realized this.”
Members of the entourage were pleased to learn in May 1962, soon after Greenson had left on a five-week holiday, that Marilyn had handed Murray a check  and told her that her services were no longer required. However, on Marilyn’s return from New York, where she had regaled President Kennedy  with his fondest “ Happy Birthday” of the year, Murray was still there, claiming that she had understood the  dismissal to be only a temporary lay-off, and had returned.

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During the day Murray answered Marilyn’s  phone calls while Dr. Greenson saw Marilyn at her home. Murray drove Marilyn to the beach in mid-afternoon, and then back home for continuation of her day-long therapy session (though in some versions, Greenson only attended to Marilyn for a couple of hours in the late afternoon). Murray continued to screen Marilyn’s incoming calls, including reputed calls from concerned friends that Marilyn was in some kind of trouble. More often than not, Murray gave out excused as to why Marilyn could not come to the phone.
In her account of Marilyn’s death, the one she gave to the police in her official statement, Eunice said she woke at 3 a.m. and noticed a light on under Marilyn’s bedroom door, and that, oddly, the door was locked. Concerned, she called Dr. Greenson who told her to check from outside  if she could see anything through the curtains. She reported back that Marilyn was lying on the bed, nude, in an “unnatural position.” She then called Greenson who came over, broke into the bedroom through the window, and found Marilyn dead.

#Marilynettes #RIPMarilyn ~ Eurince Murray’s statement to the police:

  • Marilyn has retired to her bedroom at about 8:00 PM
  •  3:30 AM the light under Marilyn’s bedroom door and found the door locked
  • she went outside and looked through the window to see Marilyn lying on her stomach in the apperance seemed unnatural
  •  she called Dr Greenson who broke the window and entered into the bedroom and found Marilyn dead. 

[Eunice Murray in the photo above.]

The following posts will be about  Eunice Murray, Marilyn’s housekeeper during her last year. Now I find her super creepy (the whole washing Marilyn’s bedsheets when the cops came when Marilyn died, first calling the psychiatrist and then 4-5 hours later calling the cops, the broken/not broken window, just before her death saying something along the lines of  'How long do I have to cover this up for?’). The posts are from Adam Victor’s The Marilyn Encyclopedia and maybe Donald Spoto, if I have time.  I’m taking a vacation from Tumblr (since lately all it does is make me angry…and you know the shitload of homework I’ve been ignoring), so if you want to share your opinion on Mrs. Murray and I don’t post it right away it’s because I’m away. 

P.S. I can’t find a proper post but if you want to suggest 6/9 favourite photos of _____ , I’d really like that (if you choose Marilyn then choose a photographer that photographed her because I can’t pick 6/9 favourite photos of her).