Memorial 2020: Marilyn’s Fans Pay Tribute

Photo by George Vreeland Hill – more here 

This year’s service for Marilyn at Westwood Memorial Park was a closed ceremony (due to COVID-19 restrictions), hosted by Greg Schreiner and Scott Fortner of Marilyn Remembered, with guests Douglas Kirkland, Meta Shaw Stevens (daughter of Sam Shaw), and Amy Greene speaking via video link, plus a message from Jimmy Collins (one of the New York fans known as the Monroe Six) read by Jackie Craig. You can watch it here.

This lovely photo was posted by Patrick in the Facebook group for Marilyn Remembered. (These Bert Stern mirrors were quite popular in the early 1980s.)

This vibrant tribute from Alejandro Mogollo is inspired by Marilyn’s trip to Korea.

“A beautiful light in Hollywood forever preserved on film:” paintings by Steven B. Whatley and Olivier Coulon (based on Marilyn’s last photo session with George Barris)

A lovely series of portraits by Leigh White.

Gianandrea flies the flag at Marilyn Monroe Fan Club Italia

And more graphics from Marilyn Mexico, Marilyn Monroe Collection, and What Marilyn Monroe Said.

A video montage from YouTuber Laura, set to an instrumental version of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness.’

Dublin cinema projectionist Rob, who also runs the YouTube channel Up in the Booth, posted some frames from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Twitter.

Heartfelt words from Monroe biographers Michelle Morgan and Charles Casillo.

Film historian James L. Neibaur, who recently published a superb book about Marilyn’s idol, Jean Harlow. (James is also currently working on another book about Joe E. Brown, who played Osgood in Some Like It Hot.)

Tom McLaren, who featured Marilyn on the cover of his book Styling the Stars, posted this photo showing Marilyn promoting Let’s Make Love in the Fox Commissary with co-stars Milton Berle and Yves Montand. (The correct date is 1960, not ’57.)

In the blogosphere, ‘Paradise Hunter’ (creator of the Crazy For You e-zine) shared their first Marilyn-related book purchase (Roger Baker’s MM: From the Files of UPI, 1990), and French audio clips, including Maurice Chevalier’s response to her death.

Over at A Passion For Marilyn, Fraser reflected on what Marilyn’s three ex-husbands had to say about her passing.

And finally, a look back at how the world’s media covered the tragedy in 1962…