According to Allan Abbott and Ron Hast, the authors of a new book about “transporting famous corpses” (yup, you read that right), even Marilyn Monroe didn’t look quite like THE Marilyn Monroe at the time of her death in 1962.
(Hey, even the most beautiful women in the world have their less-than-shining moments, right? We’d assume death would be one of those, but maybe that’s just us.)
As drivers of the car sent to pick up Monroe’s body and take it to the mortuary, Abbott and Hast were reportedly among the very first folks to see Monroe’s corpse after she passed away from a drug overdose in her L.A. home at 36.
Per The Daily Mail, Abbott and Hast say Monroe’s body bore mysterious purple splotches on her face, her legs hadn’t been shaved in at least a week, she was wearing false teeth, and in general she just looked like she “didn’t take care of herself.” Oh, she also reportedly had dark roots, a super-swollen neck, chapped lips, and was in desperate need of a mani-pedi, the book authors claim. Yikes — can’t a dead celebrity catch a break?
“When we removed the sheet covering her, it was almost impossible to believe this was the body of Marilyn Monroe. She looked like a very average, aging woman who had not been taking very good care of herself. Obviously, the circumstances surrounding her death had greatly exacerbated her poor appearance and she was unrecognizable,” they summarize.
The duo ferried lots of other celebrities — both living and dead — around town during Hollywood’s Golden Age, as well. More morbid revelations can be found in their book, Pardon My Hearse, out today.
Read more: The Daily Mail
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