It has been 50 years since the death of famed starlet Marilyn Monroe, but her influence on popular culture has yet to wane. This weekend, on the anniversary of her death, those who still feel the loss came out in droves to mourn the icon. Some 300 people gathered on Sunday at the Los Angeles cemetery where her remains were put to reston Aug. 5, 1962.
There were so many attendees at the site, “the hall where the tribute was held was too small to accommodate everyone,” said AFP. “Fans as well as friends and relatives paid homage to the actress, who died on August 5, 1962, from a barbiturate overdose at her home in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood.”
Monroe’s role as a sex symbol still resonates with many people around the world. Her “grave was covered with flowers, photos of the icon, as well as with messages and letters. Several Monroe impersonators — both men and women — were also present,” said the AFP.
Fifty years later, her films are still in the popular lexicon and her image has inspired new creations like “My Week with Marilyn,” released in 2011, as well as copycat photo shoots with new starlets like Lindsay Lohan. It would seem that her reach extends far beyond her flowing and wind-blown satin skirts. Were she alive today the star would be 86. She is still missed.
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