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1950

January: Marilyn meets Agnes Flanagan, a hairstylist, who remained close to her until her death 12 years later.

5 January: Marilyn begins filming The Fireball.

February: Marilyn begins filming Right Cross.

2 March: Johnny Hyde legally becomes Marilyn’s agent despite representing her for a year.

April: Marilyn begins filming All About Eve.

4 April: Marilyn does costume tests for All About Eve.

7 April: Love Happy is released.

18 April: Ticket to Tomahawk is released.

May: The Asphalt Jungle is released.

2 May: Johnny Hyde renegotiates Marilyn’s contract. She is to be paid $500 a week for seven years, beginning in 1951, with semi-annual increases not to exceed $1500.

17 May: Marilyn is photographed by Earl Leaf at North Palm Drive (Johnny Hyde’s home). She poses with Josefa who was gifted to Marilyn by Joe Schenck a couple of weeks before her birthday.

26 May: Marilyn is photographed by Bob Beerman at Westwood village.

Spring: Marilyn stars in an advertisement for Royal Triton Gas. 

Summer: Marilyn sees Bill Pursel for the last time.

1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-four years old.

20 June: Marilyn attends the 75th Annual Convention of the Shriners at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with George Jessel.

27 July: Marilyn and Johnny Hyde attend a party at Beverly Hills Hotel Crystal Room.

August: Marilyn is photographed by Ed Clark at Griffith Park for LIFE Magazine.

13 August: Marilyn attends a party with Johnny Hyde, where Vivien Leigh is the guest of honour. Marilyn meets Elia Kazan and Lawrence Olivier (although he won’t recall the meeting).

Autumn: Marilyn attends ten weeks of evening classes at UCLA, studying Literature and the History of Art.

7 October: The Fireball is released.

13 October: All About Eve is released.

10 November: Marilyn poses for Fox’s Thanksgiving Day publicity shot holding a gun and posing with a turkey.

14 November: Right Cross is released.

December: Marilyn begins filming Hometown Story.

2 December: Marilyn attends an inauguration of a plane the Mexican Airlines and is photographed promoting the first direct Los Angeles-Mexico City flight.

5 December: Johnny Hyde secures a three-year contract for Marilyn at the William Morris Agency.

7 December: All About Eve released.

14 December: Marilyn does costume tests for As Young As You Feel.

18 December: Johnny Hyde dies from a heart attack. Marilyn received nothing from his estate other than the mink stole he gifted her.


1951

January: Marilyn begins having an affair with Elia Kazan.

1 January: Marilyn appears in LIFE for a piece entitled Apprentice Goddesses.

16 January: Arthur Miller arrives in Los Angeles to meet with his friend, Elia Kazan. During this visit, he meets Marilyn for the first time.

22 January: Marilyn does costume tests for As Young As You Feel.

February: Marilyn sells her mink from Johnny Hyde in order to help Natasha Lytess with her financial troubles.

29 March: Marilyn appears at the Academy Awards ceremony where she presented the award of Best Sound Recording to Thomas Moulton for All About Eve.

April: Marilyn gets a new contract with Fox and begins taking a course in Backgrounds of Literature with teacher Claire Soule at UCLA.

5 April: Marilyn does costume tests for Love Nest.

12 April: Marilyn does costume tests for Love Nest.

24 April: Marilyn attends the 20th Century Fox Baseball Tournament at the Cheviot Hills ballpark.

11 May: Marilyn signs a new seven-year contract with Fox and begins work on Let’s Make It Legal.

18 May: Hometown Story is released.

1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-five.

15 June: As Young As You Feel released.

19 June: Marilyn visits the USS Benham ship for a special screening of The Frogmen that Twentieth-Century Fox produced about the Navy UDT Teams.

4 August: Stars and Stripes crown Marilyn “Miss Cheesecake of the Year.”

21 August: Fox agrees to loan Marilyn to RKO for Clash by Night.

September: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio begin renting 2393 Castilian Drive.

8 October: Marilyn is awarded “Miss Medical Center Aides”.

10 October: Love Nest released. 

25 October: Marilyn attends the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Annual at Ciro’s.

31 October: Let’s Make It Legal is released.

December: Marilyn is “The Christmas Gift Every GI Would Want to Find in His Stocking.”

6 December: Marilyn does costume tests for Don’t Bother to Knock.

23 December: Marilyn attends a party celebrating the release of The African Queen.


1952

January: Marilyn has a photoshoot with Philippe Halsman and Harold Lloyd.

7 January: Marilyn records a song called Do It Again in order to convince Darryl Zanuck that she could sing and should play the part of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

11 January: Marilyn does costume tests for We’re Not Married.

26 January: Marilyn receives the Henrietta Award for “The Best Young Box Office Personality.”

February: Marilyn meets Joe DiMaggio on a (kind of) blind date at Villa Nova (now The Rainbow Bar and Grill). She begins filming Monkey Business.

8 February: Marilyn attends the UCLA Junior Prom.

13 March: It is discovered that Marilyn was the nude model on a very popular calendar, photos by Tom Kelley.

19 March: Marilyn has another dinner with Joe DiMaggio.

7 April: Marilyn appears on the cover of LIFE magazine, photographed by Philippe Halsman. 

18 April: Fox renews Marilyn’s contract. 

28 April: Marilyn goes to the hospital with appendicitis. She has her appendix removed. She wrote a note to Doctor Rabwin, asking for him to not remove her ovaries, and taped it on her belly before the surgery.

21 May: Marilyn does costume tests for Niagara.

June: Marilyn begins filming Niagara.

1 June: Marilyn discovers she has the role of Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She turns twenty-six.

12 June: Marilyn has a photo session with actors Nick Savano, Craig Hill and Mala Powers for Modern Screen.

18 June: Clash by Night is released.

26 June: Marilyn is called to testify against Jerry Karpman and Morris Kaplan for selling fake nude photos by mail order.

12 July: We’re Not Married is released.

18 July: Don’t Bother To Knock is released.

3 August: Ray Anthony throws a party, organised by Fox, in Marilyn’s honour at his home. 

21 August: Marilyn records her segment for Hollywood Star Playhouse on NBC radio which is broadcast 10 days later. She then attends the 8th Annual Charity Game at Gilmore Stadium.

25 August: Marilyn begins a promotional tour of Monkey Business.

2 September: Monkey Business is released. Marilyn is Grand Marshal in the Miss America pageant. 

31 October: Marilyn does costume tests for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

12 November: Marilyn does costume tests for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

25 November: Marilyn does costume tests for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

31 December: Marilyn Monroe does costume tests for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.


1953

January: Marilyn meets poet Dame Edith Sitwell.

2 January: Marilyn does costume tests for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

21 January: Niagara is released.

26 January: Marilyn is awarded the “State’s Most Popular Movie Actress” award from the Independent Theater Owners in Arkansas. 

3 February: Marilyn attends the Redbook Magazine Awards party.

9 February: Marilyn is awarded the Photoplay Magazine Award for “Fastest Rising Star of 199.” Gladys is moved to a private sanatorium called Rockhaven. Marilyn pays $300 a month for care expenses.

24 February: Marilyn is awarded the Redbook Magazine Silver Cup for “Best Young Box Office Personality.” 

Spring: Marilyn is photographed by LIFE photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

4 March: Marilyn attends the premiere of Call Me Madam at the Ritz Theatre.

5 March: Marilyn attends the wedding of Sheila Graham.

9 March: Marilyn begins filming How to Marry a Millionaire.

16 April: Marilyn receives the “Halo For Saintly Sinner” award for her help in the milk supply for children.

13 May: Marilyn attends a party in Louella Parsons honour at Ciro’s.

19 May: Marilyn attends the Parsons Radio Show.

20 May: Marilyn attends the premiere of Singing Stars at the Coconut Grove, accompanied by Joe DiMaggio.

28 May: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio go to Ensenada, Mexico.

30 May: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio’s Mexico trip is cut short as Mike DiMaggio, Joe’s brother, died from drowning. Marilyn doesn’t go with Joe to San Francisco.

1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-seven. She spends her birthday alone, wanting to be only with Joe.

4 June

8 June: Marilyn does costume tests for River of No Return.

17 June: Marilyn attends Charles Coburn’s birthday party at the Masquers Club. That evening she was interviewed by Earl Wilson.

26 June: Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are inaugurated at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She then went to Chasen’s restaurant with Joe DiMaggio.

3 July: Marilyn is interviewed by Sidney Skolsky for Modern Screen and is photographed by Bob Beerman.

8 July: Marilyn receives “The Best Friend a Diamond Ever Had” award by the Jewellery Academy.

10 July: Marilyn attends the St. Jude’s Hospital benefit.

15 July: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is released.

25 July: Marilyn flies to Canada.

August: Marilyn starts filming River of No Return. She sprains her ankle during production (on 19 August) however insists on wearing a cast for publicity reasons. For the last two weeks of filming Joe flies to stay with Marilyn. 

20 August: John Vachon photographs Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio at the Banff Springs Hotel. This is the only occasion Joe and Marilyn have a professional photography session together.

26 August: Grace Goddard writes to Marilyn telling her that Gladys has to be hospitalised and needs $600 for the treatment. After 2 days, Grace received the money.

September: Joe moves in with Marilyn. Marilyn has her first photo session with Milton Greene. The photos were published in Look Magazine in November. They had other sessions this month including at Laurel Canyon.

10 September: Marilyn attends rehearsals for The Jack Benny Show.

13 September: Marilyn films The Jack Benny Show.

28 September: Grace Goddard dies from barbiturate poisoning.

10 October: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio go to San Francisco.

11 October: Marilyn attends the premiere of 5000 Fingers for Dr T with co-star Tommy Rettig.

4 November: Marilyn attends the premiere of How to Marry A Millionaire at the Fox-Wilshire Theatre.

10 November: How to Marry a Millionaire is released. 

14 November: Marilyn goes to Fox Studios to meet King Paul and Queen Frederika, Princess of de Hanover.

End of November: Marilyn has a photo session with Ben Ross. She also travels back to San Francisco to spend Thanksgiving with the DiMaggio family.

December: Marilyn features on the cover of the first-ever Playboy magazine. 

4 December: Marilyn attends the annual Christmas Show of the Los Angeles Examiner at the Shrine Auditorium.

5 December: Marilyn is requested to come to the studio on 7 December for rehearsals of The Pink Tights. She doesn’t show.

11 – 23 December: Marilyn reshoots scenes for River of No Return in the studio.

13 December: Marilyn is interviewed by Walter Winchell for ABC Radio.

17 December: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio attend a party at Bob Hope’s home.

19 December: Marilyn attends the 8 Ball Welfare Foundation ceremony at the Los Angeles Press Club.

23 December: Marilyn flies to San Francisco for Christmas.


1954

1 January: Marilyn receives “Award of Achievement” from the Motion Picture Herald.

4 January: Fox suspends Marilyn for refusing to appear on the set of Pink Tights

14 January: Marilyn and Joe get married in the San Francisco town hall. They spend a week at Paso Robles together.

26 January: Marilyn does costume tests of There’s No Business Like Show Business.

28 January: Marilyn arrives in San Francisco and Joe DiMaggio arrives from New York.

29 January: The DiMaggios pick up their passports.

1 February: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio, his friend Frank “Lefty” O’Doul and his wife Jean leave San Francisco on flight  831 of the Pan American Airlines to Tokyo, via Honolulu.

2 February: Marilyn and Joe arrive at Haneda International Airport of Tokyo.

3 February: Joe DiMaggio holds a press conference however, Marilyn is the centre of attention.

4 February: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio attend a party at the Imperial Hotel.

5 February: Marilyn visits injured soldiers at a Tokyo Army hospital.

6 and 7 February: Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn visit Yokohama.

8 February: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio arrive at the Itazuke Airport, Fukuoka.

9 February: Marilyn visits the Brady Airbase of the 315th Troop Carrier in Fukuoka.

13 February: Marilyn and Joe attend a baseball game at Hiroshima.

14 February: Marilyn and Joe tour Hiroshima.

15 February: Marilyn rehearses for her performances in Korea.

16-19 February: Marilyn visits Korea and performs for US troops. Marilyn falls ill from performing in sub-zero temperatures.

23 February: Marilyn and Joe fly back to the USA from Tokyo.

8 March: Marilyn receives the award for“Best Actress” for her roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, awarded by Photoplay magazine.

9 March: Marilyn takes part in a radio show for CBS.

April: Marilyn begins working on her autobiography, My Story, with Ben Hecht. 

13 April: Marilyn’s suspension with Fox ends. Two days later she returns back to the studio and holds a press conference in her dressing room as well as rehearsals with Hal Schaefer. 

30 April: River of No Return is released.

18 May: Marilyn does costume tests for There’s No Business Like Show Business.

21 May: Marilyn is charged with dangerous driving. She paid $500 to the owner of the car she crashed.

23 May: Marilyn does costume tests for There’s No Business Like Show Business.

24 May: Marilyn and Milton Greene take photos on the set of What A Price Glory? using a costume from Song of Bernadette.

Milton Greene

28 May: Marilyn begins filming There’s No Business Like Show Business.

1 June: Marilyn turns twenty-eight.

2 June: Marilyn does costume tests for There’s No Business Like Show Business.

28 June: Marilyn does costume tests for There’s No Business Like Show Business.

7 July: Marilyn receives an award from the American Legion for her commitment to Korea.

August: Marilyn signed a seven-year contract, with a raise and a bonus of $100,000 for The Seven Year Itch.

26 August: Marilyn does costume tests for The Seven Year Itch.

28 August: Marilyn does costume tests for The Seven Year Itch.

8 September: Marilyn leaves for New York to film The Seven Year Itch

10 September: Marilyn poses with Milton Greene for The Ballerina, The Gold Dress and The Wicker sittings, some of her most famous images. 

11 September: Joe arrives in New York. They stay at the St Regis Hotel. Between 9 and 11 September Marilyn attends several press conferences and events.

12 September: Marilyn and Joe dine at El Morocco with the Greenes.

14 September: Marilyn poses for fashion photographer Richard Avedon for the first time.

15 September: In the early hours, Marilyn films the infamous The Seven Year Itch subway scene which lasted 5 hours. Later that morning she was photographed by Philippe Halsman before flying back to Los Angeles with Joe DiMaggio in the afternoon.

16 September: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio arrive in Los Angeles.

27 September: Joe DiMaggio returns to New York for work.

2 October: Joe DiMaggio returns to Los Angeles.

6 October: Marilyn announces her divorce from Joe DiMaggio. Their marriage had only lasted 9 months. He goes back to San Francisco.

27 October: Marilyn goes to court to apply for divorce. A temporary divorce is granted (lasts for one year) with the completion happening in 1955.

5 November: Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra smash their way through the apartment at 8122 Waring Avenue in Hollywood, suspecting Marilyn to be in a sexual relationship with Hal Schaefer, her vocal coach. They had the wrong apartment and woke up Hal’s neighbour, Florence Kotz, with camera flashes. Kotz filed a $2,000 claim against Sinatra and DiMaggio, however, receive $7,500 in an out of court settlement. 

7-12 November: Marilyn stays at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for gynaecological surgery for her endometritis. Joe DiMaggio visits her in hospital. 

19 November: Marilyn watches Ella Fitzgerald perform at The Tiffany Club. 

2 December: Marilyn and Milton Greene attend a party at Jess Rand’s home (Sammy Davis Jr’s publicist) and then go to Mocambo.

4 December: Marilyn attends the Palm Spring Racquet Club with Charles Feldman, Charles Farrell and Milton Greene.

8 December: Marilyn attends Sammy Davi Jr’s birthday party at his home.

16 December: There’s No Business Like Show Business is released.

Christmas: Marilyn spends Christmas with the Greene family.


1955

7 January: Marilyn and Milton Greene hold a press conference to announce the formation of Marilyn Monroe Productions.

9 January: Marilyn flies to Los Angeles to re-film the subway grate scene in a studio setting.

15 January: Marilyn flies back to New York and moves into the Gladstone Hotel. Joe DiMaggio helps her move in.

4 February: Marilyn is introduced to Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.  He agrees to give her private acting lessons and encourages her to seek out a psychoanalyst. Milton Greene suggests Dr Margaret Hohenberg.  She attends five sessions a week. These sessions were to help her accept her traumas in order to become a better actress.

14 February: Marilyn poses for Milton Greene in multiple sittings.

26 February: Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio attend Jackie Gleason’s party at Toot Shor’s restaurant.

27 February: Marilyn attends the dinner of the “Young Executives and Professionals” group for the “United Jewish Appeal” at the New York Plaza Hotel.

March: Marilyn calls Mocambo to insist they book Ella Fitzgerald. Although she promises to attend each night, she doesn’t.

8 March: Marilyn poses for Milton Greene.

9 March: Marilyn attends a fundraising event for the Actor’s Studio which takes place after the premiere of East of Eden at the Astor Theater of New York.

11 March: Marilyn attends a party, held in her honour, at the Friars Club Testimonial Dinner.

24 March: Marilyn attends the premiere of the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

25 – 30 March: Marilyn is photographed by Ed Feingersh in and around New York.

30 March: Marilyn attends a charity organised by the Ringling Brothers Circus at Madison Square Garden. She enters riding a pink elephant in front of 18,000 people. Joe DiMaggio is in attendance.

April: Marilyn moves into a suite at the Waldorf Astoria.

8 April: Marilyn takes part in a live TV interview for Person to Person with Milton and Amy Greene.

1 June: Joe and Marilyn attend the premiere of The Seven Year Itch with Joe DiMaggio. Marilyn turns twenty-nine.

3 June: The Seven Year Itch is released.

27 June: Marilyn attends the play Inherit the Wind on Broadway.

Summer: Marilyn visits her friends Norman and Hedda Rosten on Long Island and spends Labor Day weekend with them. She also stays at Richard Rodgers’ place. Eve Arnold photographs her during Marilyn’s stay there. Marilyn begins spending time with Arthur Miller who had begun the separation process from his wife.

6 August: Marilyn goes to Bement, Illinois accompanied by Eve Arnold. She visits the National Arts Foundation Museum, visits an Abraham lincoln exhibition, and judges a beard contest.

7 September: Marilyn moves out of the Waldorf Astoria and into No 2 Sutton Place. 

28 October: Joe and Marilyn’s divorce is finalised. 

12 December: Marilyn attends the premiere of The Rose Tattoo. She and Arthur Miller are photographed together for the first time.

31 December: Marilyn signs a new contract with Fox. 


1956

26 January: Marilyn receives the Women’s Division of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropists at the New York Sheraton Astor Hotel.

End of January: Arthur Miller and his wife Mary Slattery begin divorce proceedings.

3 February: Marilyn does costume tests for Bus Stop.

6 February: Marilyn and Lawrence Olivier attend the play of The Diary of Anne Frank, starring Susan Strasbergat the Cort Theatre.

8 February: Marilyn and Milton Greene shoot The Black Sitting. She then attends the premiere of Middle of the Night.

9 February: Marilyn and Laurence Olivier hold a press conference at The Plaza Hotel announcing their plans for The Sleeping Prince, later renamed The Prince and the Showgirl

18 February: Marilyn writes her first will. 

22 February: Marilyn is interviewed by Elsa Maxwell at the Ambassador Hotel followed by a photoshoot with Cecil Beaton.

25 February: Marilyn flies back to Hollywood to begin shooting Bus Stop where they rent 595 North Beverly Glen Boulevard.

28 February: Marilyn is charged with three traffic violations including driving without a licence. She has to pay a $55 fine. 

1 March: Marilyn, Milton Greene and Jack Warner announce a distribution agreement for Bus Stop.

March: Marilyn attends a Look Magazine party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. James Cagney is photographed with Marilyn at the event.

3 March: Marilyn holds a press conference for Bus Stop

5 March: Marilyn cuts all contact with Natasha Lytess after discovering from a friend of Arthur’s that she was writing a book about Marilyn. 

12 March: Marilyn legally changes her legal name from Norma Jeane Mortenson to Marilyn Monroe. 

15 March: Marilyn arrives in Arizona to begin filming Bus Stop

30 March: Marilyn flies back to Los Angeles.

5 – 9 April: Marilyn is admitted to St Vincent Hospital of Los Angeles for exhaustion, burnout, acute bronchitis and high fever. Dr Nathan Headley treated her. 

24 April: Marilyn resumes filming Bus Stop.

5 May: Marilyn is interviewed by Pete Martin.

6 May: Marilyn is photographed by Gordon Parks.

12 and 13 May: Arthur spends the weekend with Marilyn and applies for a passport, which proves difficult due to the Communist accusations held against him.

1 June: Marilyn turns thirty. She attends a party to welcome the Indonesian President, Soekarno. She then boarded a plane to New York. She was gifted a birthday cake by reporters.

2 June: Marilyn lands in New York.

8 June: Arthur Miller is ordered to appear in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee in Washington DC.

11 June: Arthur Miller and Mary Slattery are officially divorced. He returns to New York from Reno, meeting with Marilyn

19 June: Marilyn asks to have her Will changed to leave all her property to Arthur Miller and costs for her mother’s care. 

21 June: Arthur Miller testifies at the House of Un-American Activities Committee. He also announces their engagement on television. It’s believed Marilyn didn’t agree to this but later held her own press conference that day in the lobby of her home.

22 June: Arthur Miller returns to New York from Washington. They hold a press conference outside of her building.

24 June: Marilyn and Arthur leave New York for Roxbury.

29 June: Reporter, Mara Scherbatoff head of Paris Match magazine, crashes her car into a tree and is taken to hospital. The planned press conference goes ahead, with them making a statement regarding the accident, followed by their wedding and honeymoon plans. They find out afterwards that Mara died as a result of the crash.

They have a civil wedding which takes place at the Westchester County Court House, in White Plains.

1 July: Marilyn converts to Judaism to have a Jewish wedding ceremony with Arthur Miller.

13 July: Marilyn and Arthur Miller fly from Idlewild Airport in New York to London Heathrow so she can begin filming The Prince and the Showgirl.

14 July: Marilyn and Arthur arrive in England for the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl where they meet with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. After meeting with the press the Millers go to their rented home at Parkside House in Surrey.

15 July: A press conference is held at the Savoy Hotel in London. 

16 July: Another press conference is held at the Savoy Hotel in London.

17 July: Laurence Olivier and the Millers attend The Lyric Theatre to see Vivien Leigh perform in South Sea Bubble. After the performance they all attended Olivier’s Lowndes Place apartment for a late dinner, returning to Parkside at 2 am.

18 July: Rehearsals begin for The Prince and The Showgirl.

20 – 22 July: Sometime over this weekend Marilyn and Arthur Miller take a tour around London and meet with Dame Edith Sitwell. She is also photographed by Jack Cardiff at Parkside House.

24 July: Terence Rattigan hosts a party at his home in Berkshire. Marilyn and Arthur Miller arrive at 10:30 pm and left at about 3 am.

7 August: Marilyn begins filming The Prince and the Showgirl at Pinewood Studios in London.

12 August: Marilyn and Arthur Miller are photographed going for a cycle at the back of Parkside.

22 – 24 August: Marilyn is absent from filming. The Strasbergs later recall that on the 22 August, Marilyn suffered from an overdose. It is believed the incident occurred after Marilyn discovered derogatory notes about her in Arthur Miller’s notebook.

24 August: Although off sick, Marilyn goes to London and has lunch, later meeting with Arthur. They then meet with Anthony Quayle who Miller wanted to star in the London production of A View From The Bridge.

25 August: Marilyn and Arthur Miller spend private time together at Parkside.

26 August: Arthur Miller returns to New York to see his children for ten days. This trip was planned weeks before the journal incident.

27 August: Marilyn resumes filming The Prince and The Showgirl.

31 August: Marilyn is absent from the set. Bus Stop is released. 

3 September: Pete Martin’s book on Marilyn’s life is released. She is absent from the set.

4 September: Dr John Blaikley arrives at Parkside to perform endometriosis treatment on Marilyn, costing £52. She is absent from set until 10 September.

5 September: Arthur returns to England to be with Marilyn. He says rumours of Marilyn being pregnant are “absolute rubbish.”

7 September: Marilyn, Arthur Miller and Hedda Rosten attend a performance of The Caucasian Chalk Circle at The Palace Theatre in London.

9 September: Marilyn and Arthur Miller visit the Comedy Theatre in London to announce the performances of A View from the Bridge.

10 September: Marilyn resumes filming The Prince and the Showgirl.

16 September: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attend a dinner party held by Kenneth and Elaine Tynan with ten other guests.

11 October: Marilyn takes an unauthorised day off and attends a performance of A View from the Bridge.

29 October: Marilyn meets Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Command Performance at The Empire Theatre in London.

2 November: Marilyn is absent from set.

5 -7 November: Marilyn returns to set to film The Prince and the Showgirl.

8 November: Marilyn is absent from set.

14 November: Marilyn and Laurence Olivier watch a screening of The Prince and the Showgirl.

16 November: Marilyn completes re-shoots.

18 November: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attend a discussion at the Royal Court Theatre.

20 November: Marilyn and Arthur fly back to New York with a short stop over in Ireland.

4 December: Marilyn attends the Actor’s Studio to promote Baby Doll.

18 December: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attend the premiere of Baby Doll at the Broadway Victoria Theatre.


1957 

January: Marilyn and Milton Greene have their final photo sitting.

1 January: Marilyn receives the Award of Achievement from the Motion Picture Herald for “Top Ten Money-Making Star” in 1956.

3 January: Marilyn and Arthur Miller fly from New York to Palisadoes Airport, Jamaica for their honeymoon.  The couple spends most of their time at their villa in Moot Point. They were accompanied by Arthur’s cousin, Morton Miller and his wife Florence. 

17 January: Marilyn and Arthur Miller go to Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay where they have lunch, before heading to Montego Bay Airport. Their flight is delayed by an hour.

18 February: Arthur Miller is charged by the Federal Grand Jury on the grounds of contempt toward the US Congress. His trial is set for May.

1 March: Marilyn changes her psychoanalyst to Dr Marianne Kris.

10 April: Marilyn attends a preliminary meeting arranging for the Free Milk Fund for Babies to be sponsored by The Prince and the Showgirl premiere. Marilyn meet Mrs Hearst, founder and President of the foundation and Mr Russell Downing, President of Radio City Music Hall, where the premiere would take place on June 13

11 April: Marilyn and Arthur attend a gala celebrating Lafayette’s 200th birthday at the New York Waldorf Astoria for the April in Paris Ball.

16 April: Marilyn announces that the president of Marilyn Monroe Productions, Milton Greene, lawyer Irving Stein and accountant Joseph Carr was dismissed. Arthur Miller would become vice-president and received $47,300 between 1957 and 1961.

6 May: Marilyn has a photo session with Richard Avedon  

12 May: Marilyn kicks off a football game between the USA and Israel at Ebbett’s Field.

14 May: Marilyn goes to Washington DC with Arthur who stands trial at the House of Un-American Activities Committee.

1 June: Marilyn turns thirty-one.

12 June: Sam Shaw takes photos of Marilyn and Arthur Miller in New York.

13 June: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attend the premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl at Radio City Music Hall.

July: Marilyn discovers she is pregnant.

2 July: Marilyn attends the inauguration of the new skyscraper for Time and Life.

1 – 10 August: Marilyn is rushed to the hospital due to an ectopic pregnancy.

18 November: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attend the premiere of Conversation Piece which Arthur’s sister, Joan Copeland performed.


1958 

28 January: Marilyn attends the Dime March fashion show at the Waldorf Astoria.

21 April: Marilyn signs a contract with Fox as she still owed them for three films. She would earn $100,000 plus 10% of net benefits. Her next movie would be Some Like It Hot.

28 April: Kermit Bloomgarden, a theatre producer, is photographed at the Miller’s New York apartment.

21 May: Arthur Miller receives the Gold Medal of the National Institute of Arts and Letters which took place at the Academy Auditorium.

1 June: Marilyn turns thirty-two.

18 June: Marilyn is invoiced for prints from her photoshoot with Carl Perutz. One of the images were framed in Marilyn’s apartment.

2 July: Marilyn has a photo session with Richard Avedon.

7 July: Marilyn flies to LA from New York to start filming Some Like It Hot.

8 July: Marilyn lands in Los Angeles. A press conference is held at the Beverley Hills Hotel.

9 July: Marilyn and Louella Parsons attend a party at composer Jimmy McHugh’s home.

10 July: Marilyn attends the premiere of Gigi at Paramount Theatre.

4 August: Marilyn begins filming Some Like It Hot.

7 August: Marilyn learns that Arthur has won the trial in appeal. 

September: Marilyn discovers she is pregnant. 

11 September: Marilyn shoots outdoor scenes for Some Like It Hot.

21 October: The cast film Coronado Country Club Golf Course.

7 November: Marilyn goes to Cedars of Lebanon hotel with the fear of a miscarriage however it was a false alarm. However, her doctor warns her to be careful. 

18 December: Marilyn’s miscarraige is announced.


1959

5 February: Marilyn is invited by Carson McCuller’s home where Karen Blixen joins them to talk for a long time about poetry. That evening she and Arthur Miller attend a preview for Some Like It Hot.

10 February: Marilyn and Arthur Miller see Macbeth at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

11 February: Arthur Miller writes a telegram to Billy Wilder, furious at the treatment of Marilyn during the film and Wilder’s comments.

26 February: Marilyn receives the Crystal Star for “Best Foreign Actress” for her role in The Prince and the Showgirl by the French Film Institute. 

17 March: Marilyn arrives in Chicago for the roadshow of Some Like It Hot.

29 March: Some Like It Hot is released. The premiere takes place at Lowe’s Capitol Theatre.

13 May: Marilyn receives the David Di Donatello award for “Best Foreign Actress” in 1958 for The Prince and the Showgirl

20 May: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attended an annual exhibition organised by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1 June: Marilyn turns thirty-three.

22 – 26 June: Marilyn goes to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York for endometritis treatment. After this surgery, she is informed she will unable to carry a baby full-term. 

15 August: Marilyn and Arthur Miller watch Macbeth at Boston Arts Center Theater.

19 September: Marilyn flies to Los Angeles for a banquet at the Café de Paris, organised by Fox, in honour of Nikita Khruschev, the Communist Party First Secretary.

21 September: Marilyn and Montgomery Clift attend Yves Montand’s one-man show at the Henry Miller Theater.

26 September: Marilyn and Arthur Miller attend the premiere of Judy Garland’s show at the Palace Theater of New York.

27 September: Arthur Miller and Marilyn attend the AFHU ceremony (American Friends of the Hebrew University) at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia.

November: Marilyn meets Ralph Roberts and has her first massage with him.

2 November: Marilyn and Arthur Miller fly from NYC to LA to film Let’s Make Love.  

9 November: Marilyn begins audio recording her musical numbers. Marilyn is on the cover of LIFE magazine.

20 November: Marilyn does costume tests for Let’s Make Love.

December: Arthur Miller is asked to modify the Let’s Make Love script. Marilyn is photographed by Philippe Halsman.

7 December: It is announced that Marilyn and Clark Gable will be co-stars.

15 December: Marilyn does costume tests for Let’s Make Love.

18 December: Marilyn calls in sick. The press discusses issues with finding a leading man after Gregory Peck quits due to the rewritten script.