‘Sad stories of three stunningly beautiful stars’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I am puzzled at some of the similarities in the lives of three stunningly beautiful actresses of our times – Madhubala, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. All were extremely beautiful, popular, had sad personal lives and died unnatural deaths in mid 1960s when two of them were 36 and the third was only 34 years old.

First Madhubala. She was born on February 14, 1933 – the date in February that is now celebrated as the Valentine’s Day.The legendry Madhubala was the Goddess of Love of her times.She was 5′-4″.

Her range of portrayals was amazingly diverse- as an Anglo-Indian club dancer in Howrah Bridge, a tribal belle in Phagun and the most memorable as Anarkali in Mughal-E-Azam, just to give three examples.

The beauty of Madhubala had an ethereal quality about it. She had a sad personal life. She is said to have pined for love during her short life There were stories that she wanted to marry actor Dilip Kumar but the marriage could not be fixed as her father reportedly had objections to it. Then she was discovered with a serious medical ailment- a hole in the heart that could not be set right in that period when heart surgery was still to develop. She ultimately married singer actor Kishore Kumar who was more interested in his singing career than looking after his ailing wife.

She died, on 23rd February, 1967 and was buried in the then Bombay’s Juhu cemetery. Though we kept on remembering Madhubala and her films, but overlooked her final resting place. The news came in February 2010 that her grave had been disposed off and tomb demolished.

One does not know what is the status today but does she not deserve to rest in peace? Would it not be possible for her numerous admirers to chip in to ensure her a grave and a decent memorial?

Had she been alive, she would have been 80 this year.

Marilyn Monroe.

The second young lady, Marilyn Monroe was perhaps the most popular of these three at the international level. She was born on June 1, 1926. Her nude photo was featured in the first issue of the Playboy magazine in december 1953. She had a perfect figure of 35-22-35 and was 5’-5” tall.

She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe’s last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable with screenplay by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.Some of her other films were; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire and The Seven Year Itch.

She married thrice and had no children. She died on 5th August 1962 at the young age of 36. It was a case of suspected suicide by drug overdose. She has had her share of rumours and conspiracy theories abound her ‘real’ cause of death.

She lies buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, in Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Had she been alive, she would have been 87 this year.

The third sad tale relates to Jayne Mansfield. She was born on 19th April 1933 and died in a fatal car accident on June 29, 1967 at the young age of 34. She was 5’-6” tall. She was known for her stunning vital statistics: 40-21-35. Yes, an incredible 21 inches waist.

Sophia Loren (L) giving a surreptitiously admiring look to, should we say, Jayne Mansfield’s (R) dress?

Sophia Loren (L) giving a surreptitiously admiring look to, should we say, Jayne Mansfield’s (R) dress?

She featured as a playmate in the Playboy magazine and a few years later, some of her nude photographs from her film “Promises-promises-promises’ too were published in the same magazine. Some of her famous films were….The Girl Can’t Help It, Too hot to handle and Promises-Promises-Promises. She was a good singer too.

She married thrice and divorced thrice and had 5 children.

Had she been alive, she would have been 80. In fact her birthday falls on 19th April.

Jayne Mansfield’s grave

May God rest these beautiful ladies in peace!

(Text with inputs from the internet)


by K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Holavallagardur cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited the Holavallagardur cemetery in Reykjavik, Iceland in June 2012. It is the largest Icelandic cemetery, dating from the 19th century, and is managed by KGRP (Capital Area Cemeteries Management Committee). This Committee was set up in 1998 to promote its preservation and to manage repairs and changes.The cemetery was established in 1839 and was used till mid 1900’s.

p1330394-380-50The matrix of the cemetery.

This cemetery is the only forested part of Reykjavik.


The most famous resident of this cemetery is Jon Sigurdsson, who was the leader of Iceland’s independence movement.


Sigurdur Jonsson’s grave.


The monuments in the cemetery are generally the works of known Nordic artists and tradesmen or monuments with reliefs executed by them.



In 2004 some of the primary schools in Reykjavik entered into an agreement with KGRP, allowing the cemetery to become the local wooded area for the pupils and teachers. The cemetery contains about two hundred kinds of tree, bush and perennial plants and it is the oldest preserved grove in the old part of Reykjavik.



Rather unusual-pillars on two graves made of shining stainless steel.


Just a stone can be as expressive of the loss and its rememberance…

p1330396-380-50A metallic disc on a tree stump- quite original.


I was told that in Reykjavik’s long winters the area looks all white, but it was bright with lovely colourful flowers blooming during my visit in the month of June.  p1330397-380-50

All  Rest in Peace!

I would surely recommend a quiet reflective walk in this cemetery to all the fifty plus travellers.

(Text with inputs from the internet)

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