When Marilyn Monroe died aged just 36, she was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. You’d think, then, that her obituaries would reflect her beloved celebrity status. But whereas some of America’s biggest publications wrote heartbreaking eulogies that celebrated the icon, others released statements that were, shall we say, less than flattering. In fact, some were just downright rude – and the Los Angeles Times went further than most.
Monroe – an award-winning actress, model and somewhat controversial figure – died in August 1962. She was found in her Los Angeles home by her housekeeper, and the screen star seemed to be the victim of an apparent suicide. Understandably, her sudden and unexpected passing sent shockwaves throughout the world. And the salacious details surrounding her demise only fueled the media storm that followed.