Author Joyce Carol Oates Says Marilyn Monroe Was Nearly STUNNING When She Died in 1962


Marilyn Monroe remains one of Hollywood’s most famous faces, but she was nearly penniless and unable to afford a “decent funeral” when she died nearly 60 years ago.

Author Joyce Carol Oates, 84, reflected on the tragic end of the iconic actress as she discussed the upcoming Netflix film adaptation of her best-selling historical novel ‘Blonde’ at the 21st Neuchâtel Intl. Fantastic film festival in Switzerland.

The author’s fictional portrait, published in 2000, explores how Monroe—born Norma Jeane Mortenson and later baptized Norma Jeane Baker—lost her identity when she turned into the blonde bombshell she still is today.

‘She has become world famous, but you can’t live with that identity. It’s one that made a lot of money for a lot of men, but not a lot for itself. When she died, aged 36, she didn’t have enough money for a proper funeral,” Oates said, according to Variety.

Marilyn Monroe was nearly destitute and couldn’t afford a ‘decent funeral’ when she died nearly 60 years ago, according to author Joyce Carol Oates

Monroe's ex-husband Joe DiMaggio intervened and planned her funeral after she was found dead of an overdose at her Los Angeles home on August 4, 1962.

Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio intervened and planned her funeral after she was found dead of an overdose at her Los Angeles home on August 4, 1962.

Oates said that Monroe (pictured with DiMaggio in 1954)

Oates said that Monroe (pictured with DiMaggio in 1954) “made a lot of money for a lot of men, but not much for himself”

The writer also reflected on the starlet’s frustration with her career and how it may have contributed to her death.

“As Marilyn got older, she still got the roles that a young starlet would play, and she felt humiliated. You can’t keep playing this dumb blonde of nearly 40,” she explained.

“Some people say she committed suicide. I don’t think that is necessary. I think she may have died of something like extreme despair.”

Monroe died of a barbiturate overdose at her Los Angeles home on August 4, 1962. Her body was found on her bed by a responding officer, who also discovered empty bottles of pills prescribed to treat her depression, scattered around the room.

Oates wrote a fictionalized account of Monroe's life in her 2000 novel

Oates wrote a fictionalized account of Monroe's life in her 2000 novel

Oates wrote a fictionalized account of Monroe’s life in her 2000 novel “Blonde,” which has been adapted into an upcoming Netflix movie of the same name.

The author's historical novel explores how Monroe lost her identity when she turned into the blonde bombshell she still is today

The author’s historical novel explores how Monroe lost her identity when she turned into the blonde bombshell she still is today

“Some people say she committed suicide.  I don't think that is necessary.  I think she may have died of something like extreme despair,

“Some people say she committed suicide. I don’t think that is necessary. I think she may have died of something like extreme despair,” Oates said of the icon

After a brief investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that her death was “caused by a self-administered sedative overdose.” The Los Angeles County coroner declared her death a “probable suicide.”

Questions and conspiracy theories about her death persist to this day, including baseless rumors that she was murdered.

Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio intervened and planned her funeral, out of the public eye and nearly all of the producers, directors and actors, according to PBS.

The icon’s crypt is located at the Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Ana de Armas, 34, portrays the late actress in the Andrew Dominick film adaptation of 'Blonde'

Ana de Armas, 34, portrays the late actress in the Andrew Dominick film adaptation of ‘Blonde’

Oates, who has already endorsed the film, said it took about four hours of makeup to turn the Armas into Monroe (pictured)

Oates, who has already endorsed the film, said it took about four hours of makeup to turn the Armas (pictured) into Monroe

Oates, who has already endorsed the film, said it took about four hours of makeup to turn the Armas (pictured) into Monroe

Monroe's Crypt is located in the Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles

Monroe’s Crypt is located in the Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles

Ana de Armas, 34, portrays Monroe in the film adaptation of “Blonde,” directed by Andrew Dominick.

Oates noted that it took about four hours of makeup to turn the Cuban actress into the blonde starlet each day of filming.

Blonde, which is expected to be released on September 23, has already received a seal of approval from the prolific author.

Andrew Dominik is a very brilliant director. I think he managed to show Norma Jeane Baker’s experience from her perspective, rather than seeing it from the outside, the male gaze that looks at a woman. He immersed himself in her perspective,’ she said.

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