Over 150 fans showed up at Marilyn Monroe’s 50th Memorial at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery yesterday.
Photos & Story Karen Ostlund
HOLLYWOOD CA (Hollywood Today) 8/6/2012- Yesterday, August 5, 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary actress Marilyn Monroe. Her memorial service was organized and took place at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, the site of the star’s final resting place.
Monroe’s husband Joe di Maggio paid for her crypt in 1962.
2012 is a significant anniversary—because a half-century has past since the 36-year-old was found dead of an overdose in her Brentwood home. The memorial service was actually an annual event and sponsored by the Marilyn Remembered Fan Club, established 1982 (marilynremembered.org)
Speakers included: Greg Schreiner, Manfred Strunk, Nancy Jeffries, James Spada, Peter Schnug, Donelle Dadigan, Noreen Nash, Lois Banner, Kathleen Hughes, Stanley Rubin, John Gilmore, George Barries, George Chakiris, Joshua Greene and Amy Greene.
Sue Ann Pinner performed the song Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep as a closing act, with a video tribute put together by Scott Fortner.
Artwork on display was by Rick Carl.
The 2012 Marilyn Monroe memorial service was a two hours event beginning at noon at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. An alcohol-free reception with sandwiches, fruit & vegetable platter followed at Westwood Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
Artist Victoria Fuller in conjunction with Grauman’s Chinese Theatre celebrated Monroe’s June 1st birthday by painting a collection of ten original paintings of Playboy’s first cover. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner hand-signed the eleventh painting to be sold at the after-reception, with 100% of the proceeds going to Hollygrove Foundation.
Hefner was no-where in sight, during the memorial or reception. He owns the crypt next to Marilyn, where he wants to be buried.
The memorial was sponsored by Heritage Auctions and Hollywood Museum.