Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn was a sensitive misunderstood person, much more perceptive than was generally assumed. She had been beaten down, but had a strong emotional intelligence - a keen intuition for the feelings of others, the most refined type of intelligence...we had an affair and saw each other intermittently until she died in 1962. She often called me and we would talk for hours...the last time we spoke was two or three days before she died...
Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe
A transcript of a telegram from Marlon Brando to Marilyn Monroe, dated 27 February [1961], addressed to Marilyn Monroe, Nurological [sic] Institute Clinic, Presbyterian Hospital..., the typescript note intended to provide words of encouragement to Monroe during a period of depression: Dear Marilyn, The best reappraisals are born in the worst crisis. It has happened to all of us in relative degrees. Be glad for it and don't be afraid of being afraid. It can only help. Relax and enjoy it. I send you my thoughts and my warmest affections. Marlon, 1p.
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Photograph courtesy of Bettmann/Corbis.

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Following a series of miscarriages from 1956-1958 and a nervous breakdown during the filming of The Misfits, 1960, Marilyn Monroe was admitted to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York on 11 February, 1961. She was discharged on 5 March, 1961 and died after an overdose the following year on 5 August, 1962.

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