The new Netflix documentary The secret of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, reveals a new detail that challenges the long-accepted story of the star’s death.
The film that combines archive footage with interviews with those who knew Some like it hot star, addresses the circumstances of her death in 1962 from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 36.
It has been reported for decades that Monroe was found dead in her bed by her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson, who broke in through her bedroom window after Monroe’s housekeeper, Eunice Murray, called him frantically, unable to check on her.
Monroe’s doctor Hyman Engelberg is said to have arrived at the scene. He pronounced Monroe dead before the Los Angeles Police Department was called.
But according to ambulance company owner Walter Schaefer, who is interviewed here the unheard tapes, Monroe was actually alive when his driver, Ken Hunter, arrived to take her to the Santa Monica hospital.
Writer and journalist John Sherlock agreed with Schaefer’s account. He said Greenson, the psychiatrist, told him she was alive and that she died on the way to Saint John’s Health Centre.
“She died in the ambulance,” he said. “Then they brought her back into the house. [Greenson] told me he was in the ambulance.”
Monroe was famous for her roles as comedic “blonde bombshell” characters and was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful films include The darn seventh year (1955) Bus stop (1956) and Some like it hot (1959).
The Marilyn Monroe Mystery: The Unheard Tapes is now available on Netflix.
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