The Pallbearer’s Tale


Allan Abbott, one of the pallbearers at Marilyn’s funeral, has spoken to the Phoenix New Times.

“I asked Abbott what he recalled of Monroe’s one-time husband Joe DiMaggio, who arranged for the funeral. Abbott told me of how he had brought his wife to the chapel the day before the funeral, where he hoped to sneak her in after the viewing was supposed to end at 9 p.m.

But DiMaggio lingered long after the viewing was scheduled to be over.

‘We could see him in the chapel with his very small entourage, all guys,’ Abbott remembered. ‘He would stand and look at her for a long time, then he would walk out into the cemetery and start crying. Then he’d compose himself and walk back in and stand at the casket, and look at her again.'”

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