26 June 2014

Don't be afraid of being afraid

Suffering from ill health and depression, Marilyn Monroe voluntarily admitted herself to a psychiatric hospital in February 1961. During her hospital stay, which she would later call a 'nightmare', Marilyn received a telegram from Marlon Brando. The two had met at a party for the Actors' Studio in the 1950s and- according to Brando's autobiography "Songs my mother taught me" (1995)- they had an affair, seeing each other on and off till Marilyn's death in August 1962. 

Here is Brando's supportive note to Marilyn, written on 27 February 1961:

Source: letters of note

Transcript:

TELEGRAM  Feb.27th

Marilyn Monroe
Nurological [sic] Institute Clinic
Presbyterian Hospital
168th & Broadway
New York City, N.Y.

Dear Marilyn:

The best reappraisals are born in the worst crisis. It has happened to all of us in relative degrees. Be glad for it and don't be afraid of being afraid. It can only help. Relax and enjoy it. I send you my thoughts and my warmest affections.

Marlon

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