The Stuffed Tiger

 

Anthony Summers, in Goddess: The Secret lives of Marilyn Monroe, wrote that the day before Marilyn died she received a strange delivery: a stuffed tiger. When she received it she took it and sat marilyn-monroe-2-400x320down beside her pool, looking very depressed. Summers wondered if a “devastating note” had arrived with the tiger or if the tiger itself was a message. No one seemed to approach her about it. When Greenson arrived. if he spoke about it to Marilyn he didn’t record it in the last records that were found about his client. He wrote a sad note about trying to help Marilyn but instead hurting her. In this photograph are two stuffed animals. The toy in the forefront appears to be a dog. The toy in the background may be a tiger (or possibly a cat). I would suggest the police investigation was incomplete, botched as it were. There is no mention of a stuffed tiger or dog in the police reports. There is no record of who took the animals and where they were stored. Typical evidence collection would have the two toys bagged, sealed and Tiger1numbered. They should have been stored in police archives. No one seems to have asked for them. Surely they must have been destroyed decades ago. The novel The Empty Glass , discusses this and many more incidents leading up to Marilyn’s death. I don’t agree with everything suggested in this, or most, books about Marilyn and her death, but it makes for interesting reading. Conspiracy Comics # 1:Marilyn Monroe: Suicide or Murder? also emphasizes the stuffed tiger.

I agree with Anthony Summers’ suggestion that the tiger itself might have been a message. If so it was a devastating

michaelmonroe-2009101350241-normal_SEEGER00017456-originalone. Marilyn’s immediate reaction was to clutch the tiger to her chest and sit quietly, looking depressed, by the side of her pool. It might be interesting to speculate as to whom sent her the tiger. I would suggest the tiger was delivered in a circular manner; Marilyn gave it to someone as a gift and that someone refused it, sending it back to her, furthering her depression. However Marilyn also did a photo shoot where she played with a stuffed tiger. Perhaps the photo shoot was somehow part of the tiger’s message.

Robert Kennedy – top of my list. Marilyn had probably given him the tiger, or at one time JFK. When it was returned the message was clear: it’s over. I uncovered evidence (after I speculated BK probably returned it to MM) that there was slim proof that it may have come from Kennedy. A photograph of BK’s children’s art and a stuffed tiger were clearly seen in his office. Perhaps Marilyn had bought the toy for BK’s children but they never saw it.

Joe DiMaggio – he is an unlikely candidate but I’m including him since he was such an integral part of Marilyn’s life. Why would he send her a tiger? It could be a metaphor for something although simply sending a toy doesn’t seem like something DiMaggio would do. Is it related to the photo shoot (above) with the tiger?  Did he include a heartbreaking message with it? Was this another criticism of her career? Perhaps it was something much more subtle that had to do with her leaving Los Angeles and living with him in San Francisco.

mafFrank Sinatra – old blue eyes is a possible contender. He certainly drew a line in the sand between himself and Marilyn after the evening she fell unconscious at the Cal-Neva Lodge (the night before she died). Again the tiger could have been a toy she sent him. He gave her a real dog she named Mafia (Maf for short). Perhaps she gave him the tiger in return at some point in time and now he sent it back, still angry with her about the previous night.

The Strasbergs – this odd couple is an unlikely pair but with the weird Method Acting I’ve read a lot about and Paula Strasberg’s slavish devotion to Marilyn the toy could somehow come into play (pun). Susan was Marilyn’s “foster” sister for a time. Could she have sent it?

Amy and Milton Greene – After the dissolution of Marilyn Monroe Productions Inc., on occasion Marilyn contacted the Greenes to say hello. Arthur Miller, her then husband, refused to allow her to associate with the Greenes any longer. The tiger might have been a message between the Greenes and Marilyn possibly related to her career. The photo shoot with Marilyn and the stuffed tiger might possibly have been taken by Milton Greene.

Arthur Miller – Miller left Marilyn’s New York City apartment without a look back, leaving a photographed picture of her in his den for her to find it. Possibly Marilyn had bought the tiger for Arthur and he suddenly returned it as a last jab at his ex-wife.

John_Huston_-_publicityBilly Wilder – a wonderful director who had always been patient and kind with Marilyn, Wilder may have reached the end of his rope and wouldn’t work with her again. Since she had director approval she might have requested Wilder to replace Cukor on the set of Something’s Got to Give and this was his unconventional way of responding (a Marilyn idea, no doubt). The message must have been “no thanks.” (but we’ll always have Paris...) Somehow Marilyn would have understood the oddball tiger-gram.

Jeanne Carmen claims she was one of Marilyn’s best friends who, later that night, would refuse to join Marilyn at her house and bring Marilyn some pills. Do you recall me writing that i didn’t believe a lot of what Carmen said about Marilyn and Carmen’s murder theory (she won’t say who it is because “I like to breathe”). Check that link and you’ll get what I’m saying. Meantime, since Carmen refused to see Marilyn that evening is it possible she sent the tiger as a code or a message? Was it to do with JFK or Robert Kennedy? The extent of Carmen’s friendship with Marilyn has been disputed by several people over the decades, not surprisingly. It would be fair to say that any information she offered should be “taken with a [huge] grain of salt.” Her claim that Marilyn contacted her to tell Carmen she had received the stuffed tiger is rumoured to be false.

And finally….maybe there was no delivery of a stuffed tiger to Marilyn’s house at all. We read about a delivery of a tiger-gram but if none was found at the scene (and none seems to have been retrieved) then maybe it never existed. The tiger in the photo shoot probably isn’t the same toy as Marilyn received on August 5. The one photograph of the two stuffed toys at Marilyn’s house leaves room for speculation as to whether or not the toy in the background is a tiger and if so, did she already own it, and there is the possibility that the so-called delivery was a mistake by an errant eye witness?

 

 

 

On the last day of Marilyn Monroe’s life, author Anthony Summers wrote in Goddess, “a messenger arrived with a package. Marilyn opened it and walked out to the pool carrying its contents—a stuffed toy tiger. She then sat down by the pool, holding the tiger and saying nothing. [She seemed terribly depressed] but did not say why. Photographs of the back of Marilyn’s house, taken the next day [see photo at left], showed two stuffed animals lying by the pool. One of them could be a tiger. Had some devastating note arrived with the tiger or—curious thought—was the tiger itself the message? Marilyn, at all events, now lost control.”

Find out much more

On the last day of Marilyn Monroe’s life, author Anthony Summers wrote in Goddess, “a messenger arrived with a package. Marilyn opened it and walked out to the pool carrying its contents—a stuffed toy tiger. She then sat down by the pool, holding the tiger and saying nothing. [She seemed terribly depressed] but did not say why. Photographs of the back of Marilyn’s house, taken the next day [see photo at left], showed two stuffed animals lying by the pool. One of them could be a tiger. Had some devastating note arrived with the tiger or—curious thought—was the tiger itself the message? Marilyn, at all events, now lost control.”

Find out much more

On the last day of Marilyn Monroe’s life, author Anthony Summers wrote in Goddess, “a messenger arrived with a package. Marilyn opened it and walked out to the pool carrying its contents—a stuffed toy tiger. She then sat down by the pool, holding the tiger and saying nothing. [She seemed terribly depressed] but did not say why. Photographs of the back of Marilyn’s house, taken the next day [see photo at left], showed two stuffed animals lying by the pool. One of them could be a tiger. Had some devastating note arrived with the tiger or—curious thought—was the tiger itself the message? Marilyn, at all events, now lost control.”

Find out much more

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s