Verdict Reached in ‘Letter of Despair’ Trial

The ‘Letter of Despair‘ trial – concerning a draft note (later typed) from a distraught Marilyn to Lee Strasberg during filming of Some Like it Hot in 1958 – reached its verdict on November 19, with a ruling against the plaintiff, Anna Strasberg, reports the Pasadena Star-News. “A judge ruled on Wednesday that a handwritten …

Pre-Trial Hearing for ‘Letter of Despair’

A final hearing before a trial concerning ownership of Marilyn’s so-called ‘letter of despair’ to Lee Strasberg was held at the Los Angeles Superior Court this week, reports Westside Today. “In a final hearing prior to a trial to determine who owns a letter handwritten by Marilyn Monroe on hotel stationery to her former mentor, …

Strasberg Letter Sold For $156,000

Marilyn’s controversial ‘letter of despair’ has sold for $156,000 (the base price was $50,000) at yesterday’s Profile in History auction, after the sale was unsuccessfully contested by Lee’s widow, Anna Strasberg, reports Monsters and Critics.