Marilyn Monroe was unrecognizable at the time of her death

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Marilyn Monroe Was Unrecognizable At The Time Of Her Death


Marilyn Monroe is iconic for her blonde curls, red lips, and perfect beauty mark, but the star was shockingly unrecognizable at the time of her death.

According to the two morticians, who prepared Marilyn for burial, the legendary sex symbol had hairy legs, false teeth, and purple blotches all over her face when she was found dead aged 36 in 1962.

The morbid details about Monroe are revealed in famous celebrity mortician, Allan Abbot's new book, "Pardon My Hearse," which comes out June 15.

In one excerpt of the book, Abbot goes into deep detail and says the "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" star was very "average."

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MAY 1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday at the Democratic rally for President John F. Kennedy's birthday. (Photo by Yale Joel/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Marilyn Monroe's 'Happy Birthday Mr. President' Dress Is Displayed At A Christie's Auction August 13, 1999 In Beverly Hills, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)
American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) shares a joke with Jack Benny, comedian of radio, television and occasional films. Original Publication: People Disc - HW0707 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) stands in a staircase alongside a wall with a floral-motif pattern, late 1950s. She wears a black cocktail dress and dangling earrings. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Marilyn Monroe, David Wayne, on-set of the Film, "How to Marry a Millionaire", 1953. (Photo via Alamy)
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American actress Marilyn Monroe (L) with her husband baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. (Photo via AFP/Getty Images)

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"When we removed the sheet covering her, it was almost impossible to believe this was the body of Marilyn Monroe," Abbot said. "She looked like a very average, aging woman who had not been taking very good care of herself."

In the 1960s, Allan Abbot and Ron Hast were the morticians of choice for the rich and famous. In addition to Monroe, the pair prepared the bodies of celebs like Natalie Wood, as well. Abbot details the day they picked up Wood in his book, as well.

And it seems like June is about all things Marilyn. Later this month, Julien's "Hollywood Legends Auction" will be putting some of Monroe's belongings up for bid. Some of these items include the last dress she wore in a film scene before she died, her grave maker, and even a medical X-ray. The dress alone is expected to bring in between $400,000 and $600,000.

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