HARD TO BELIEVE...SHE WOULD BE 84 TODAY. We will forever be curious and fascinated by her beauty and her charms. Maybe it's the sadness that keeps us close to her. It is hard to understand how someone so beautiful could have been so lonely in her life.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Years ago when I was a court reporter, I was taking a deposition in a high-rise on Wilshire in Beverly Hills. At lunchtime I looked out the window and told one of the attorneys that I might take my lunch down to that pretty little park. "That isn't a park, it's a cemetary" someone said. So unusual. Small, hidden, no signs on the street. He said that is because a LOT of famous people are buried there and it's sort of a secret place. I took my lunch down there and began walking around.
A lot of the headstones were very old, early 1800's even...then I saw Natalie Wood, Dean Martin, Mel Torme, Dorothy Stratton (the playboy model that was murdered by her ex-husband), the little girl from Poltergiest, Burt Lancaster.....and too many others to remember, but the one I will never forget was Marilyn's.
She was entombed in a wall, alongside many others. You would never even know it was her grave, but for the hundreds of letters, flowers, photographs that people had sent of themselves with writings of, "Everyone says I look just like you," To passionate love letters. You could pick them up and read them if you wanted to. Joe Dimaggio had a bench placed in front of her grave so that he could sit there when he came to visit.
The groundskeeper said that he removes items sometimes twice a day every day from her grave. After all this time. It is so funny in our culture how we put celebrities in a whole other category....so untouchable. And here they all were....at my feet. I don't know quite what I took away from that experience, but I did feel a little almost star struck....knowing that Dean Martin was six feet under where I stood.. I just love him. He reminds me so much of my father and that was the music played in my home growing up.
Just for You from: KaReN EiLeeN at 5:51 PM