When Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died in 2017, reports revealed that Hefner would burial next to Marilyn Monroe at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and the Mortuary in Los Angeles, which some see as markers of past history (Monroe appeared on the cover of the first issue of the show). Playboy) while others interpret it as discovery. Four years later, that fact has surfaced on TikTok, where commentators are debating it.
A video posted by Rosie Grant, an intern in digital archiving, highlighted the connection between the two when SZA’s “I Hate You” played in the background.
“To whoever sold Hugh Hefner the grave next to Marilyn Monroe: your asshole,” a caption on TikTok read.
Hefner disclosure in 2009, he bought the land next to Monroe in 1992 for $75,000. Although Hefner never actually met Monroe — they said once over the phone, but Monroe died in 1962 before Hefner arrived in Los Angeles — he describes moving in a Interview with KCAL 2012 like, “I’m going to spend the rest of my life with Marilyn.”
“I feel a dual connection to her because she was the key to the beginning of the Playboy,” Hefner told KCAL. “We were born in the same year.”
Hefner’s story framed his connection to Monroe, both in life and later in future death, as something of a poet. What his story doesn’t cover is how the Playboy photographs in Hefner’s place. Like a 2017 Washington Post article detailsMonroe, who took those nude pictures before her acting career took off, used a different name when taking the photo and was only paid $50 by photographer Tom Kelley before she signed it. issuance application. Those photos were sold and ended up in a hugely successful pinup calendar. Hefner then paid to get the pictures, then the result was Playboy. And while acknowledging that the photos have certainly helped her career, Monroe has never seen a dime exceed $50 in her original modeling fee.
“Do you think this is what Marilyn wants when she dies?” asked a TikTok user. “She was unhappy and exploited in life, now also dead?”
Others highlighted other potential resentments such as the way Monroe was buried, as well as the way Joe DiMaggio – to whom Monroe was briefly married in 1954 before she filed for divorce but to whom she she reconnected shortly before her death — arranged for Monroe’s funeral for him past treatment of Monroe. (DiMaggio is said to have choose cemetery as it is the final resting place of Grace Goddard and Ana Lower, the women who helped raise Monroe, and it became the burial place of many later celebrities.)
The outrage from TikTokers about the way she’s been treated is another example of people re-evaluating how talented actresses are often exploited and sexually abused in a society that’s often mistakenly inferred. blatantly.
However, as other commenters concur, Hefner’s wish to rest in peace beside Monroe forever is only scratching the surface of Monroe’s afterlife resentment.
“It’s (surprisingly) not the worst person buried by her,” @syndeyphobia wrote. “That would be the person who bought the grave above her and asked to be placed face down.” In a follow-up comment, @sydneyphobia added, “100% true. His name is Richard Poncher. His wife witnessed them turn over his body before being interred, and she was buried beside them.”
“Just remember all the men buried above and beside her asking to face her so they can stare at her forever,” @rangatamer Written.
Poncher died in 1986 at the age of 81. Follow LA time, Poncher purchased DiMaggio’s crypt in 1954 during his and Monroe’s divorce and requested that he be buried face down before he died. In 2009, Elsie Poncher attempted to sell the grave in an eBay auction to pay off her mortgage. While the auction for the location ended at more than $4.6 million, the sale finally passed.
But the idea of being buried near Marilyn Monroe could still attract big numbers. Memorabilia collector Tom Gregory purchased Monroe’s right grave for $350,000 previously sell it for $699,000. And in 2021, the family of composer and lyricist Jerry Herman is trying to sell Herman’s grave after he passed away in 2019 and was buried next to his mother in New Jersey. Their asking price? ONE awesome 2 million dollars.
*First published: December 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m. CST
Michelle Jaworski is a writer and film/TV critic at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has covered everything from the Sundance Film Festival, NYFF, and Tribeca to New York Comic Con and Con of Thrones. She is based in Brooklyn.
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