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Lee Strasberg Delivers Monroe’s Eulogy

Aug. 8, 1962 - Lee Strasberg (left) of the Actor's Studio, who had befriended and coached Marilyn Monroe, wept today before delivering her eulogy. After regaining his composure, he said: “I am sorry. I know she would not want us to mourn. But grief is human, and words must be spoken.” He then praised Miss Monroe as a person and as an actress. “In her own lifetime,” he said, “she created a myth of what a poor girl from a deprived background could attain. For the entire world, she became a symbol of the eternal feminine. But I have no words to describe the myth and the legend. I did not know this Marilyn Monroe. We, gathered here today, knew only Marilyn — a warm human being, impulsive and shy, sensitive and fearing rejection, yet always avid for life and reaching out for fulfillment.” Among those who attended the service were Joe DiMaggio, Miss Monroe’s second husband; Joe Jr., in his Marine dress uniform; Berniece Miracle, Miss Monroe’s half-sister; Dr. Ralph R. Greenson, the psychoanalyst who had been treating Miss Monroe; and Mrs. Paula Strasberg (pictured in sunglasses). The others were men and women who had worked for Miss Monroe or who had been close friends.

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