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Top Ten Demonstrations of Love

The inventor, the celebrity and the royal highness couldn’t resist the draw of making a grand gesture to the love of their life

Joe's Roses

Joe DiMaggio roses on Marilyn Monroe grave
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Joe DiMaggio’s storied marriage to Marilyn Monroe lasted a mere nine months before they divorced. (He didn’t like the billowing-skirt scene in “The Seven Year Itch,” among other difficulties.) But when she died of a barbituate overdose in August of 1962, he sent half a dozen roses to her grave several times a week—for decades.

Read about Monroe's impact on American culture.

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