Marilyn Monroe wanted to retire to Brooklyn
New York: Years before her untimely death, Marilyn Monroe had revealed that she hoped to spend her twilight years in Brooklyn.
During an interview on radio, the blond bombshell, who lived in New York City on and off for several years before dying in Los Angeles in 1962, called Brooklyn her “favorite place in the world.”
“When I retire I’m going to retire to Brooklyn,” a leading daily has quoted her as saying on the show.
“That’s my favourite place in the world, so far, that I’ve seen,” she had said.
Monroe, then 31-years-old admitted that she hadn’t “travelled much, but I don’t think I’ll find anything to replace Brooklyn.”
The brief interview started off NBC radio’s Monitor program, which debuted June 12, 1955. It remained on the air for nearly 20 years.
When asked what it was about Brooklyn she loved, Monroe’s answer was simple: “Almost everything.”
“I just like walking around,” she said.
The sex siren said one highlight was the view of Manhattan, which can only be seen from Brooklyn, but stressed her affection for the borough was more than that.
“It isn’t only the view, it’s the people. The people and the streets and the atmosphere, I just like it,” she said.
Her affection for Brooklyn may have come through her relationship with playwright Arthur Miller, who spent years living in the borough and wrote fondly about it in his 1987 autobiography, Timebends. Monroe and Miller married in 1956 and remained together for five years before divorcing in 1961, a year before her untimely death.
During that period, the sultry ‘Some Like It Hot’ star came to New York City with plans to someday make it her permanent home.
The curtain fell on Monroe’s life when she was discovered, naked, in the bedroom of her Brentwood home in 1962. A bottle of prescription pills was found on her nightstand, and officials concluded her death was the result of an “apparent suicide.”