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Los Angeles, California: Buried Face-Down Above Marilyn Monroe

The "Man with an Eternal Smile" lies interred -- face-down -- above Marilyn Monroe's crypt. Two online attempts in 2009 by the man's widow to sell the marble crypt space -- then move him out of the way -- have failed.

Pierce Brothers Westwood Cemetery

1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Pierce Brothers Westwood Cemetery. Enter on Wilshire Blvd at Glendon Ave. Look for sign between two tall buildings on this short block. Looks like you are going into a parking garage, but turn right into cemetery.
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Buried Face-Down Above Marilyn Monroe

Very hard to find. The address is right -- look for the sign between 2 tall buildings on this short block. Looks like you are going into a parking garage, but turn right into the cemetery.

[Kim, 04/27/2010]

Marilyn, I'm right on top of you.

Buried Face-Down Above Marilyn Monroe

The "Man with an Eternal Smile?"

Joe DiMaggio had purchased two crypts in Westwood Cemetery for he and his famous wife, and while divorcing in 1954 sold his to Richard Poncher. The crypt Poncher bought was located directly above that which would eventually hold the remains of Marilyn Monroe (in 1962). Nearing death in 1986, Poncher told his wife "... if you don't put me upside down over Marilyn, I'll haunt you the rest of your life." Shortly before he was interred, his wife instructed the funeral director to place him upside down in his casket, which he did.

Recently Mrs. Poncher has decided to sell the crypt and move her husband to another site. The crypt is going to be listed on Ebay and the starting bid will be $500,000.

[Phil Pasquini, 08/18/2009]

Phil updated us that bidding on eBay was already over $4.5 million. Note: Hugh Hefner had long ago reserved the spot next to Marilyn.

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Crypt of Marilyn MonroeCrypt of Marilyn Monroe, Los Angeles, CA - < 1 mi.
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