53 years without you; June 1st 1926 - August 4th 1962.
“I cannot say goodbye. Marilyn never liked goodbyes, but in the peculiar way she had of turning things around so that they faced reality – I will say au revoire. For the country to which she has gone, we must all someday visit.” - Lee Strasberg’s Eulogy for Marilyn on 8th August 1962.
“Her beauty and humanity shine through, she is the kind of artist one does not come on every day in the week. After all, she was created something extraordinary.“ - Arthur Miller.
"It’s a terrible pity that so much beauty has been lost to us.” - John Houston.
“Her death has diminished the loveliness of the world in which we live.” - Life Magazine.
“Marilyn Monroe,the most fragile and loveable legend of all.” - Look Magazine.
She was beautiful and untouched, it was as though she were just beginning.” - Bert Stern.
“She was pure of heart. She was free of guile. She never understood either the adoration or the antagonism which she awakened.” - Edward Wagenknecht.
“Every night after we’d finish work at 6 PM, Blondie (Dorothy Patrick) would rush to the projection room to see the rushes and find out how she was doing. I didn’t have time to look at no rushes; I had to rush myself off to the club, where I’d work all night, and then rush back to get there by 6 AM, get made up, and be on the set.
Finally one day on the set I took about all I could from Blondie. I was tired of her giving me a hard time. They had me cornered. I couldn’t walk off like I wanted to. So I bust out crying. This time Louis Armstrong blew the whistle. “Better look out,” he said to the director and the producer and the actors on the set. “I know Lady, and when she starts crying, the next thing she’s going to do is start fighting.” -Billie Holiday on the making of the film New Orleans (1947)
Happy Birthday Dolores Del Rio
(August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983)
“Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else. And, I, too, am getting like the rest. I have not read anything for a year. I do not know what is happening in the world.” - Dolores Del Rio
Officially, August 5th 1962 marks the death of an incredibly beautiful soul, Marilyn Monroe. Technically, Marilyn died around 10pm on the night of August 4th, but she was found in the early hours of the 5th and that is classed as her official day of death. Marilyn’s first assignment as a Hostess at an Industy Show for The Blue Book Modelling Agency in 1945. Sadly over the years, so much…
“She was an unusual woman - a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald, MS Magazine 1972
In 1955, Marilyn Monroe called the Mocambo nightclub in Hollywood and insisted they book Ella Fitzgerald, who had previously been refused, promising to be in the front row every night. They booked Ella, and Marilyn made good on her promise. Ella credited Marilyn’s phone call with changing her career.