On the morning of August 5, 1962, Los Angeles police received a phone call. It was 4:25 a.m. and the voice on the line announced, “Marilyn Monroe is dead. She committed suicide.”
Police rushed to a Spanish-style hacienda at the end of a cul-de-sac in Brentwood. Officers went into the master bedroom. There, lying on the bed, was the 36-year-old screen goddess. Marilyn Monroe was indeed dead.
What followed over the next few days, and then months, years and decades has been one of the great Hollywood mysteries — with biographers and scholars trying to figure out what happened on that early Sunday morning in Monroe’s otherwise tranquil, white stucco hacienda.
Did Monroe really kill herself? Or was she murdered?
You yourself could live at the center of this mystery if you have an extra $6.9 million lying around. Monroe’s beloved 2,624 square-foot home, with its red-tile roof, kidney-shaped pool, citrus grove and guest house, went up for sale today, Vanity Fair is reporting.
In late 1961, Monroe purchased the 1929 home for $90,000. She was especially excited about the process of making it a home and decorating it with items she picked up on a special trip to Mexico.
It was the first home she had put together on her own, having spent the previous seven years in back-to-back high-profile marriages to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.
A few weeks before Monroe…
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