Some 300 Marilyn Monroe fans gathered Sunday at the Los Angeles cemetery where she is buried, commemorating the iconic sex symbol on the 50th anniversary of her death.
Culminating a week of celebrations organized by various fan clubs, the ceremony was held at her final resting place in WestwoodVillageMemorial Park, a small patch of greenery between a parking lot and a residential part of the city.
Fans as well as friends and relatives paid homage to the actress, who died on August 5, 1962, from a barbiturate overdose at her home in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood. — AFP
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In this January 1, 1947 file photo, starlet Marilyn Monroe plays at the beach with her dog Ruffles. — AP Photo
In this May 19, 1962 publicity photo provided by Running Press, actress Marilyn Monroe, right, arrives at Madison Square Garden to perform at a 45th birthday gala for President John F. Kennedy, in New York. She is escorted by her former father in law, Isidore Miller. — AP Photo
In this Jan. 14, 1954 file photo, Joe DiMaggio baseball's famed "Yankee Clipper," and screen actress Marilyn Monroe, smile cheek to cheek as they wait patiently in Judge Charles Perry's chambers for their marriage ceremony in San Francisco. The wedding climaxed a romance of more than a year. — AP Photo
- In this June 2, unknown year, file photo, actress Marilyn Monroe smiles in a car after arriving tousled from an all-night plane flight from Hollywood to Idlewild Airport, in New York. She said she planned to rest in New York before going to England to make a new movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. Sidestepping questions as to whether she and playwright Arthur Miller plan to wed, she said: "No comment, we're really good friends." — AP Photo
In this March 1953 publicity photo provided by Running Press, Marilyn Monroe receives an award from Photoplay magazine at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She is named “Fastest Rising Star of 1952,” and her choice of attire overshadows the event. The entire gown was made from “one complete circle of fabric.” — AP Photo
In this undated file photo, actress Marilyn Monroe is pictured mimicking Betty Grable's famous World War II pin-up pose. — AP Photo
In this April 1962 file photo, actress Marilyn Monroe is shown on the set of her last movie, "Something's Got To Give," in Los Angeles. Fifty years have not dimmed skeptics' suspicions about the death of Marilyn Monroe, but the intervening decades have seen technological leaps that could alter the investigation were it to occur today. — AP Photo
Actress Marilyn Monroe is pictured in this undated publicity photograph. Hollywood will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the iconic star on August 5, 2012. — Reuters Photo
Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a makeup test shot from her 1962 unreleased and unseen final film "Something's Got To Give". Hollywood will mark the 50th anniverary of the death of the iconic star on August 5, 2012. — Reuters Photo
Actors (L-R) Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe, and Clark Gable are shown in this undated publicity photograph from their 1961 film "The Misfits", directed by John Huston with music by composer Alex North. Hollywood will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the iconic star on August 5, 2012. — Reuters Photo
Actors Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell are shown in a scene from their 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch" which is featured in a new DVD set, the Forever Marilyn Collection, featuring her classic films. Hollywood will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the iconic star on August 5, 2012. — Reuters Photo
Actors Jack Lemmon (C) and co-stars Tony Curtis (L) and Marilyn Monroe are shown in a scene from their 1959 comedy film "Some Like It Hot". Hollywood will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the iconic star on August 5, 2012. — Reuters Photo