SHROUD

Marilyn Monroe was buried in this Pucci dress which she had worn at a press conference in Mexico City (above) six months before she died.  It was chosen by her half-sister and two of her assistants.  Her personal make-up man came in to prepare the body for burial, as he had promised he would.  It was a difficult task, due to the damage done by the autopsy.  Monroe's breasts had been mostly done away with, for example, so the dress had to be stuffed to restore a semblance of the legendary bust, and the corpse was also fitted with a wig, one Monroe had worn in her last uncompleted film, to cover incisions made in the skull.

Dust to dust — even for the most beautiful among us.

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