On February 5th of 1961, a recently divorced, mentally exhausted Marilyn Monroe was taken by her psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris, and committed to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York. A harrowing stay in a padded cell followed, cut short after four days thanks only to an intervention by her first husband, Joe DiMaggio. On March 1st, Monroe — resting at the New York Hospital — wrote the following six-page letter to her other psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, and spoke of the ordeal.
Sadly, a year later, Greenson found Monroe dead at her home in Los Angeles.
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