Thursday, Sep. 03, 2009

Marilyn Monroe

Even 47 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe's star burns so brightly that bidders are lining up for the chance to be laid to rest near her. A highly publicized eBay auction for the crypt directly above hers in a Los Angeles cemetery ended Aug. 24. It attracted 21 bids — many reaching into the millions of dollars — although the top offer of $4.6 million fell through after the Japanese winner cited a "paying problem." Whoever ends up above Crypt 24 in the cemetery's Corridor of Memories will have lots of high-wattage company: Westwood Memorial Park is the final resting place for a Who's Who of Hollywood royalty, including Dean Martin, Truman Capote and Donna Reed. Monroe's 1962 death at age 36 is said to have devastated ex-husband Joe DiMaggio, to whom she was married for just 274 days. The baseball legend never remarried and sent red roses to her crypt three times a week for the next 20 years.