A bout 300 fans of late Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe got together on Sunday, at the Los Angeles cemetery where she is buried, to commemorate the iconic sex symbol’s 50th death anniversary.
Culminating a week of celebrations organised by various fan clubs, the ceremony was held at her final resting place in Westwood Village Memorial Park — a small patch of greenery between a parking lot and the residential part of the city. Fans, friends and relatives paid homage to the actor, who died on August 5, 1962, from a barbiturate overdose at her home in the upscale Brentwood neighbourhood.
The hall where the tribute was held was too small to accommodate everyone, thus a white tent was erected among the trees, where others could watch the ceremony via video transmission.
Debbie Elder, a Monroe fan for 25 years, travelled to Los Angeles from faraway midwestern city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the week of tributes. “She was such an icon. I don’t think people took her seriously at all. She really was a very serious actress,” she said. Monroe’s grave was covered with flowers, photos of the icon, as well as with messages and letters. Several Monroe impersonators — both men and women — were also present.