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Marilyn Monroe's maid dies at 86

June 9, 2011 - New York

A woman who worked as a maid for Marilyn Monroe has died of natural causes at the age of 86 in her home at 309 East 76th Street on Thursday.

"My aunt Lena, I think that she's probably the last living person who worked for Marilyn Monroe," the New York Post quoted retired NYPD Sgt. Steven Cataneo as saying.

Cataneo said that his aunt was a fabulous cook and seamstress who made a last-minute repair to the dress that the blonde bombshell wore when she famously serenade President John F. Kennedy by singing "Happy irthday to You" at Madison Square Garden in 1962.

Pepitone also co-wrote 'Marilyn Monroe Confidential' which was published by Simon and Schuster.

In her book, Pepitone said that the American actress laughed at rumours that she was having an affair with Kennedy or his brother Robert.

Pepitone, who started working for Monroe in 1957, quoted the actress as calling the Kennedy brothers "cute" and saying she liked them because they were "funny and smart".

"But I remember her insisting, they're not my type. They're boys," Pepitone had said.

Cataneo also said his aunt cooked for Monroe and all her friends - including Frank Sinatra as well as for her then-husband Joe DiMaggio.

"My aunt could cook. Italian food. Veal, pasta, sauces. Meatballs. The woman could cook," Cataneo added.


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