Lupe Velez (1908 - 1944) had a stormy personal life, Her series of romances with figures like Gary Cooper, were highly publicized. Her premature death from suicide, and the mysterious circumstances in which this occurred, made her an urban legend. She was 4 months pregnant when she died. More than 4,000 people filed past her casket during her funeral services. Marilyn Monroe once told a journalist that Lupe Vélez fascinated her and her dream was to be, someday, someone like her.