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Below is a page crammed with information regarding Marilyn Monroe. Her life, her relationships, where she ate and where she lived and so much more! If you can spot an error (apologies!) or wish to add to the FAQ or ask your own question, please contact us here.
Birth name: Norma Jeane Mortenson
Place of birth: Los Angeles County Hospital
Date of birth: 1st June 1926
Date of declared death: 5th August 1962
Hair: Mousey brown dyed platinum blonde
Marilyn’s infamous beauty spot is actually a mole which she darkened it as it was almost skin colour. In some of her movies, such as Some Like It Hot, her beauty spot actually moves and you can just about see her real mole.
Johnny Hyde apparently arranged for Marilyn to have a small amount of cartilage removed from her nose although there are no documents to back this up. She did however have a chin implant. Below is a document discussing how the implant had been absorbed. There was also a small scar on her chin.
It is suggested that she also had her teeth “fixed” despite her modelling documentation stating her teeth were “perfect.” There are no documents to suggest she had ever had dental surgery nor electrolysis.
2nd August 1945
Blue Book Modeling Agency
8th February 1954
DOD ID Card
5’ 5 1/2”
5th August 1962
LA Coroner Medical Report
5’ 5 1/25”
Actors: John Barrymore, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers and Richard Widmark.
Food: Cavier, Marilyn often ate Italian foods (especially whilst married to Joe DiMaggio), steak, lamb chops, hamburgers, hot dogs and eggs.
Drink: Don Perignon, 1953.
Perfume: Chanel No. 5
Book: How Stanislavsky Directs by Michael Gorchakov. You can see what books she owned here.
Music: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Mozart, Beethoven.
Film performances: Asphalt Jungle and Don’t Bother to Knock.
Colours: Red, black, beige and white and green.
- 5454 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 1926
- 459 E Rhode Island St Hawthorne, CA 1926-32 Los Angeles Orphans Home 815
- N El Centro Ave Hollywood, CA 1935-37
- 6707 Odessa Ave Van Nuys, CA 1937
- 14743 Archwoods St Van Nuys, CA 1937
- 6707 Odessa Ave Van Nuys, CA 1938
- 11348 Nebraska Ave. Sawtelle, CA 1938-41
- 6707 Odessa Ave. Van Nuys, CA 1941-42
- 11348 Nebraska Ave. Sawtelle, CA 1942
- 4524 Vista Del Monte St. Sherman Oaks, CA 1942
- 14747 Archwood St. Van Nuys, CA 1943
- 11348 Nebraska Ave. Sawtelle, CA 1945-46
- Studio Club 1215 N Lodi St Hollywood, CA 1946-47
- 131 South Avon St. Burbank, CA 1947
- El Palaccio Apts. 8491-8499 Fountain Ave West Hollywood, CA1947-48
- Bel Air Hotel 701 Stone Canyon Rd Beverly Hills, CA 1948
- Beverly Carlton Hotel 9400 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1948
- Studio Club 1215 N Lodi St Hollywood, CA 1948-49
- 141 South Carolwood Dr. Holmby Hills, CA 1949
- 718 North Palm Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 1950
- 1309 Harper Ave. West Hollywood, CA 1950-51
- Beverly Carlton Hotel 9400 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1951
- 3539 Kelton Way West Los Angeles, CA 1951
- 611 North Crescent Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 1951-52
- 1121 HilIdale Ave. West Hollywood, CA 1952
- Beverly Carlton Hotel 9400 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1952
- Bel Air Hotel 701 Stone Canyon Rd Beverly Hills, CA 1952
- Outpost Estates 2393 Castilian Dr Hollywood Hills, CA 1952
- Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 W Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1952-53
- 882 North Doheny Dr Beverly Hills, CA 1953-54
- 2150 Beach St San Francisco, CA 1954
- 508 North Palm Dr Beverly Hills, CA 1954
- 8336 Delongpre Ave Hollywood, CA 1954
- Voltaire Apartments 1424 N Crescent Heights West Hollywood, CA 1954
- The Milton Greene Home Fanton Hill Rd Weston, CT 1954-55
- Waldorf Astoria Hotel 301 Park Ave New York, NY 1955
- Sutton Place Apartment 2 Sutton Pl New York, NY 1955-56
- Roxbury Farm Home Roxbury, CT 1956-1960
- Parkside House Estate Egham, England 1956
- Amagansett Retreat Amagansett, Long Island, NY 1957-58
- Fifty Seventh St. Apt. 444 E 57 St New York, NY 1957-62
- Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 W Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1958-60
- The Mapes Hotel 30 N Virginia St Reno, NV 1960
- The Holiday Hotel 111 Mill St Reno, NV 1960
- Beverly Hills Hotel 9641 W Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 1961
- 882 North Doheny Dr Beverly Hills, CA 1961-62
- 12305 Fifth Helena Dr Brentwood, CA 1962
“In school, I was very quiet, I was never the life of the party. Everyone talked so glibly; they all knew the latest slang and the smartest stories and I’d stand around like an idiot – never knowing what to say.”
- 1929-1930 – Hawthorne Community Sunday School
- 1931-1932 – Ballona Elementary and Kindergarten (renamed Washington Elementary School), age 5-6
- 1932-1934 – Vine Street School (renamed Vine Street Elementary School), 1st and 2nd Grade, age 6-8
- 1934-1935 – Selma Street, 3rd grade, age 8-9
- 1935-1937 – Vine Street School, 4th and 5th grade, age 9-11
- 1937-1938 – Lankershim (renamed Lankershim Elementary), 6th grade, age 11-12
- 1938-1939 – Sawtelle Blvd School (renamed Nora Sterry School), 7th grade, age 12-13.
- 1939-1941 – Emerson Jr. High School, 8th and 9th grade, age 13-15.
- 1941-1942 – Van Nuys High (renamed Van Nuys Senior High School), 10th grade, age 15.
- 1942 – University High School, 10th grade, age 15.
No, but she did attend UCLA in the fall of 1950 for 10 weeks, studying art appreciation and literature.
- Clifton Motel
- Furnace Creek Inn
- Hotel Del Coronado
- Bel Air Hotel
- Beverly Carlton Hotel (now the Avalon)
- Beverly Hills Hotel
- Chateau Marmont
- Hollywood Roosevelt
- Knickerbocker Hotel
- LaFonda Motor Lodge
- New York:
- Caryle Hotel
- Drake Hotel
- Gladstone Hotel
- Hampshire House
- St. Regis Hotel
- Sherry Netherland Hotel
- Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
- Banff Spring Hotel, Canada
- Cal-Neva Lodge, Lake Tahoe
- Continental Hilton Hotel, Mexico City
- Country Inn, Nevada
- Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami
- General Brock Hotel, Niagara Falls
- Government Lodge, Oregon
- Holiday Hotel, Reno
- Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
- Mapes Hotel, Reno
- Sahara Motor Hotel, Phoenix
- Barney’s Beanery
- Bruce Wongs
- Florentine Gardens
- Formosa Cafe
- Greenblatt’s Deli
- La Scala
- Musso and Frank Grill
- The Retake Room Bar
- Schwab’s Drugstore
- Trader Vic’s
- Villa Capri
- The Villa Nova
- El Morocco
- Four Seasons
- Howard Johnson’s
- Jim Downey’s
- Manny Wolf’s Chophouse
- The Stork Club
- Toots Shor’s
- Twenty One Club
- Bucket of Blood Saloon, Virginia City
- Christmas Tree Inn, Reno
- Club Gigi, Miami
- Country Inn Restaurant, Nevada
- DiMaggio’s, San Francisco
- Finnochio’s, San Francisco
- Hot Springs Hotel, Paso Robles
- Last Frontier, Las Vegas
- 1951 – Henrietta Award: The Best Young Box Office Personality
- 1952 – Photoplay Award: Fastest Rising Star of 1952
- 1952 – Photoplay Award: Special Award
- 1952 – Look American Magazine Achievement Award: Most Promising Female Newcomer of 1952
- 1953 – Golden Globe Henrietta Award: World Film Favorite Female.
- 1953 – Sweetheart of the Month (Playboy)
- 1953 – Photoplay Award: Most Popular Female Star
- 1954 – Photoplay Award for Best Actress: for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire
- 1956 – BAFTA Film Award nomination: Best Foreign Actress for The Seven Year Itch
- 1956 – Golden Globe nomination: Best Motion Picture Actress in Comedy or Musical for Bus Stop
- 1958 – BAFTA Film Award nomination: Best Foreign Actress for The Prince and the Showgirl
- 1958 – David di Donatello Award (Italian): Best Foreign Actress for The Prince and the Showgirl
- 1959 – Crystal Star Award (French): Best Foreign Actress for The Prince and the Showgirl
- 1960 – Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 6104 Hollywood Blvd.
- 1960 – Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture Actress in Comedy or Musical for Some Like It Hot
- 1962 – Golden Globe, World Film Favorite: Female
- First contract with Fox, 1946, $75 per week
- Fox contract renewal, 1947, $150 per week
- Columbia contract, 1948, $125 per week
- Tom Kelley / Nude calendar, 1949, $50
- Promoting “Love Happy,” 1949, $100 per week
- For “The Asphalt Jungle, ” 1950, $350 per week. $1050 total
- Second Fox contract, 1951, $500 per week with semiannual increase up to $1500
- For “Clash by Night,” 1952, $500 per week
- For “We’re Not Married, ” 1952, $750 per week
- For “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” 1953, $1250 per week
- For “River of No Return, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and The Seven Year Itch,” 1954 – 1955, $1500 per week
- New Fox contract, 1956, $100,000 fee plus $500 per week expenses
- For “Some Like It Hot,” 1959, $100,000 fee plus 10% of the profits
- For “The Misfits,” 1961, $300,000 fee plus 10% of the profits
- For “Something’s Got To Give,” 1962, $100,000 fee if she had finished it
- Jim Dougherty (1942 – 1946 divorced)
- Joe DiMaggio (1954 – 1954 divorced)
- Arthur Miller (1956 – 1961 divorced)
When Marilyn and Joe got divorced in 1955, Marilyn did not state to the court she was divorcing on grounds of physical cruelty.
Neither Marilyn nor Joe ever discussed this in any letters, and Arthur Miller (her third husband) never mentioned it either. Marilyn was also very open about the abuse she faced as a child, and she confirmed that she left Joe on grounds of “mental cruelty” but they still saw each other until mid-1955.
After her divorce from Arthur Miller, their friendship was rekindled.
You can read more about their relationship here
“A man who kissed me once had said it was very possible I was a lesbian because I apparently had no response to males – meaning him. I didn’t contradict him because I didn’t know what I was. There were times even when I didn’t feel human and times when all I could think of was dying. There was also the sinister fact that a well-made woman had always thrilled me to look at.
Now having fallen in love, I knew what I was. It wasn’t a lesbian. The world and its excitement over sex didn’t seem crazy. In fact, it didn’t seem crazy enough.”My Story
It is not known how many people Marilyn slept with therefore you cannot assume she slept with lots of people. Marilyn was a virgin when she was married at 16 years old. Jim Dougherty even said that Marilyn had been scared of sex.
The only people that we can confirm she slept with were:
- Jimmy Dougherty
- Fred Karger
- Elia Kazan
- Joe DiMaggio
- Arthur Miller
- Yves Montand
Others such as Johnny Hyde, Marlon Brando, Andre De Dienes, Frank Sinatra and John F Kennedy as speculation but not unlikely.
“I was determined, no one was going to use me or my body—even if he could help my career. I’ve never gone out with a man I didn’t want to. No one, not even the studio, could force me to date someone. The one thing I hate more than anything else is being used. I’ve always worked hard for the sake of someday becoming a talented actress. I knew I would make it someday if I only kept at it and worked hard without lowering my principles and pride in myself.”My Story
“These wolves just could not understand me. They would tell me, ‘But Marilyn, you’re not playing the game the way you should. Be smart. You’ll never get anywhere in this business acting the way you do.’ My answer to them would be, ‘The only acting I’ll do is for the camera.’ I was determined, no one was going to use me or my body—even if he could help my career. I’ve never gone out with a man I didn’t want to. No one, not even the studio, could force me to date someone. The one thing I hate more than anything else is being used. I’ve always worked hard for the sake of someday becoming a talented actress. I knew I would make it someday if I only kept at it and worked hard without lowering my principles and pride in myself.”My Story
No. She stated in 1953, regarding being broke and receiving a call from a man who wanted to ‘help’ her:
“He gave details of what I would be expected to do. He was brutally frank and all I could think of to say was that he shouldn’t talk that way over a public telephone. I didn’t realize how silly that sounded until I hung up and then started to laugh.”
Bill Pursel, who knew Marilyn when she was starting out said:
“Wow! I don’t believe this for one moment! As far as I know this is a bunch of poppycock. I do know there were several women jealous of her after she became Marilyn Monroe and beside call girls earn big money – I saw no evidence of this with her. I would put no credence at all in these rumours. It’s nothing but bilge…blather….hogwash…. someone’s cheap imagination. It sorta makes me angry, or can’t you tell? She wasn’t pregnant when I knew her; she she probably had several boyfriends over the years, but when these stories exaggerate the involvement into pregnancy or even intimacy they are way out of bounds. She had too much class to be so careless about who she dated. At least this is where I come from.”
This is backed up by agent Harry Lipton in an article from Motion Picture, May 1956. Marilyn had been offered gifts in exchange for sexual favours. Marilyn refused, turned to her agent and asked to leave the party. She cried on the way home asking “what can I say to men like that, Harry?”. He replied with, “You’ll learn.”
Despite being one of the better biographers, Donald Spoto’s book does mention Marilyn performing sexual acts on Joe Schenck. She said to Maurice Zolotow:
“Get this straight. Mr. Schenck and I were good friends. He gave me encouragement when I needed it. He didn’t do anything for me….I know the word around Hollywood was I was Joe Schencks’ girlfriend, but that’s a lie. The only favor I ever asked him, Mr. Schenck, was later, when I was back at Twentieth I wanted a decent dressing room, and I asked him about it, and he put in a good word for me and I got a good dressing room. I never asked him to help me get good parts at Twentieth, and he didn’t. He knew how I felt about it , that I wanted to succeed on my talent, not any other way, and he respected my feelings.“
It is not confirmed. But it is very possible.
“He not only knew me, he knew Norma Jeane too. He knew all the pain and all the desperate things in me. When he put his arms around me and said he loved me, I knew it was true. Nobody had ever loved me like that. I wished with all my heart that I could love him back… it was like being with a whole family and belonging to a full set of relatives.”My Story
He did all of this for love. Yet no matter how many times he proposed to her, Marilyn said no. She didn’t love him and she would not marry without love, even though saying yes would have made her a very wealthy woman. She also told Rupert Allan, her publicity agent, “It would be ridiculous to pass myself off as Mrs Johnny Hyde. I’d be taken less seriously than I am now.”
This has never been confirmed.
Marilyn met Bobby on these occasions:
On Thursday 1st February 1962 Marilyn attended a party celebrating Bobby’s goodwill tour of Japan at Pat (Kennedy) and Peter Lawford’s home. Edwin Guthman commented on the way Marilyn and Bobby were behaving that evening. Stating that there was not “the faintest overtone of romantic of romantic interest on his side or hers.”
He later stated that “I travelled with Bobby, day and night for five years and I never saw him pay attention to anyone but his wife.”
Milton Ebbins, who had escorted her there, also took her home. Rumours began spreading after this meeting which prompted Jean, Bobby’s sister, to write to Marilyn sarcastically stating, “I understand you and Bobby are the hot item!”. Which later was mistakenly passed off as being a serious observation. Jean later stated that it was “ridiculous” to take it other than a joke.
Marilyn even wrote a letter to her ex-stepson Bobby stating “Oh, Bobby, guess what: I had dinner last night with the Attorney-General of the United States, Robert Kennedy, and I asked him what his department was going to do about Civil Rights and some other issues. He’s very intelligent, and besides all that, he’s got a terrific sense of humor. I think you would like him. Anyway, I had to go to this dinner last night as he was the guest of honor and when they asked him who he wanted to meet, he wanted to meet me. So, I went to the dinner and I sat next to him, and he isn’t a bad dancer either.” Records show she went home alone in a limo.
On Wednesday 27th June 1962 Marilyn wanted Peter and Pat Lawford, as well as Bobby, to view her new home. After dinner at the Lawfords’ home, the attorney general’s driver took her back to Fifth Helena Drive. Eunice Murray, Marilyn’s housekeeper, stated that “they all came to look at the house. She certainly didn’t go sneaking around with Mr Kennedy or have a love affair with him!
On Saturday 19th May 1962 Marilyn was present to perform Happy Birthday for Bobby’s brother, John. After her world famous performance, Marilyn (as well as her ex-father-in-law Isidore Miller and Pat Newcomb), the Kennedy brothers and other stars went to the home of Arthur B. Krim, where the only photograph of Marilyn Monroe and the two Kennedy brothers was taken. Milton Ebbins took her home at 2 am.
All other dates can be dispelled and proven to be incorrect. Should there be a date on which you may believe Marilyn and Robert were together, please let me know and I will investigate this for you.
Yes, in March 1962.
Marilyn met John F. Kennedy (officially) on only four confirmed occasions.
October 1961: Marilyn asked Allan Snyder, her friend and make-up artist, to take her to a party at Pat and Peter Lawford’s house in Santa Monica. Guests included Kim Novak and Angie Dickinson as well as the President of the United States. She was driven home by one of the Lawfords’ staff.
5th December 1961: JFK was in New York to make an address at the National Football Banquet and Hall of Fame held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. It is reported that Marilyn met the President in New York City at the banquet. It is this night that is often connected to the “sex parties” which were thrown up in 1965.
However, it was impossible for Marilyn and the other participants to leave the ‘invite only’ party to sneak away for an orgy. This file was created by J. Edgar Hoover who was known to smear many reputations.
24th of March 1962: Marilyn and others including JFK had been invited to Bing Crosby’s home in Palm Springs along with other guests.
19th May 1962: As with Bobby, she was not taken home by either of them and spent almost the entire night with her former father-in-law Isidore Miller before being driven home.
These meetings, all mostly public, left no time for lurid affairs and government secret discussions.
Whilst married to James Dougherty and Norma Jeane is believed to have slept with photographer Andre De Dienes, which he discusses in his book. A letter to De Dienes also confirms a close relationship.
Marilyn is also believed to have been intimate with her agent Johnny Hyde until his death in 1950 and had an affair with Elia Kazan in 1951.
Arthur Miller was still married when he started seeing Marilyn in 1955, although she was single.
She had an affair with Yves Montand during the making of Let’s Make Love when she was married to Arthur Miller and he was married to Simone Signoret.
It is also firmly believed Marilyn slept with President John F Kennedy at Bing Crosby’s home in 1962. He, of course, was married to Jaqueline Kennedy. JFK was a serial adulterer.
There is the image above which was believed to be young Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps it was the same one sold at auction to an anonymous buyer but it is firmly believed Marilyn would never have partaken in a sex film.
“You wouldn’t exactly say I had a normal childhood, could you? They say you soon forget the bad things in your life. Maybe for others, but not for me. I guess I was about years old – I was living in this foster home that took in boarders besides me. I remember there was this old man they would cater to. He was the star boarder. Well, one day when I was upstairs on the first floor where his room was, I was putting some towels in the hall closet. His door was open; he saw me and called me, motioned for me to come into his room. I went in, and immediately he bolted the door. He asked me to sit on his lap. Frightened, I obeyed. He kissed me and started doing other things to me. He put his hand under my dress. He said it’s only a game. He let me go when his game was over. He touched me in places no one had ever before. When he unlocked the door and let me out, I ran to my foster mother and crying, told her what he had done to me. “He touched me all over,” I sobbed with tears running down my face. She looked at me, shocked at what I had told her. She slapped me across the mouth and shook me, shouting, “I don’t believe you. Don’t you dare say such nasty things about this nice man.” I was so hurt I began to stammer. She didn’t believe me. I cried all that night in my bed. I just wanted to die. This was the first time I remember ever stammering. A shocking experience like that can cause almost anything to happen.”Marilyn to George Barris, 1962
Marilyn was assaulted sexually by a lodger at one of the homes she lived in, Doc Goddard and her cousin, Jack all before she was 13 years old.
Robert Slatzer met Marilyn once in 1952 whilst she was filming Niagara. They had a couple of photos together and since her death, he made many false accusations and claims.
The first claim is that he married Marilyn on 4th October 1952 in Mexico. He stated they had the wedding certificate burnt as the studio didn’t want them to get married. However, on the date that he states they travelled (3rd), Marilyn is photographed at the Photoplay Awards in Los Angeles. There is also a cheque made out to Jax in Beverly Hills on the 4th of October 1952. Marilyn was also already dating Joe DiMaggio at the time.
He additionally states they were very close until she died and he had seen a red diary containing government secrets. However, there are no photos other than those in 1952 or letters or in fact any correspondence or record of him being in Marilyn’s life. Biographies such as the one by Anthony Summers are based largely on the testimony of Slatzer (and Jeanne Carmen who never met Marilyn) which is why many Marilyn fans don’t use the book (or Summers) as a reliable source of information.
While filming scenes at Niagara Falls, [Monroe] was asked by a twenty-five-year-old visitor from Ohio named Robert Slatzer to pose with him for snapshots. For such impromptu photos and importuned autographs, no public figure was ever more generous and cooperative with admirers and strangers than Marilyn, nor was any more exploited before or since her death…In 1972, with Marilyn conveniently unable to contradict him, Slatzer approached journalist Will Fowler with a short, incomplete article in which Slatzer speculated that Marilyn Monroe’s death was part of a political conspiracy… “Too bad you weren’t married to Monroe,” Fowler said, unimpressed with Slatzer’s proposal. “That would really make a great book.” Soon after, Slatzer contacted Fowler again, saying he had forgot to mention that he had indeed been married to Marilyn. “Slatzer made a career of being a pretender,” according to Fowler, “selling gullible talk show producers who don’t do their research very well with the deception that he was married to Marilyn. He was never married to her. He met the star only once, in Niagara Falls… He never met Marilyn before or since.”… Among the most persistent but injudicious of his assertions is his absurd claim that he spent the weekend of October 3 to 6, 1952, with Marilyn Monroe in Tijuana, Mexico, where they were married on October 4… Quite apart from the fact that Marilyn was in Los Angeles that entire weekend, Slatzer could never produce a written record of the union or its dissolution.Donald Spoto, The Biography
There is no confirmed record of any event where any of these celebrities were present at the same time as Marilyn.
One story by Shelley Winters is that Marilyn and James Dean crossed paths en route to the screening of On The Waterfront in 1954. It’s said Dean wanted to play a game of chicken on his motorcycle. The story is believed to be fabricated.
The story goes that jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald was refused to play at the popular Mocambo nightclub because she was black. Outraged by this Marilyn Monroe called the owner stating that if he booked Ella, she would be in the audience every night. However, contrary to popular belief Ella Fitzgerald was not refused to perform because she was black as many other African Americans musicians had performed there before Ella (Dorothy Dandrige, Eartha Kitt, and Joyce Bryant to name a few). It was simply because the owner didn’t think Ella was glamorous enough.
Despite Mocambo booking Ella because of Marilyn’s call, she did not attend any of the performances. Other stars such as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland were photographed at the club for these shows and if Marilyn had been present, it is very likely it would’ve been reported.
Marilyn suffered from extreme anxiety ever since she was young (it is stated in a report from her school and orphanage) and therefore found it difficult coming to set on time which caused many frustrations with her colleagues. She also was addicted to her prescribed medication (to help her anxiety, depression and insomnia) which would often lead her to feel groggy and unable to work.
Marilyn was also prone to sinus issues and viral infections meaning she needed to take time off work.
“I have many bad social habits. People are always lecturing me about them. I am invariably late for appointments—sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong—and too pleasing…I’m giving Norma Jean[sic] a treat… People are waiting for me. People are eager to see me. I’m wanted. And I remember the years I was unwanted.”My Story
Obviously, The Prince and the Showgirl, referred to as The Sleeping Prince in the film did happen. However, whether the actual love scenes between Colin Clark and Marilyn actually happened is highly doubtful. The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was Colin’s first book which didn’t mention the weeklong affair.
Marilyn had an entourage for the majority of her time in England. You can read about Marilyn’s life in England in detail in Michelle Morgan’s book ‘When Marilyn Met the Queen.’
No. I tend to not watch many documentaries or biopics about Marilyn as they are usually filled with inaccuracies.
According to Amy Greene, a friend of Marilyn’s and wife to photographer Milton Greene, Marilyn had always had trouble sleeping (Marilyn had also said in My Story that she was given sleeping pills to help her sleep when she had a terrible cold in the 1940s). However, according to Amy, the true addiction came when she married Arthur Miller in 1956 as he had made her feel inadequate. Not long after their marriage, Marilyn had found his notebook containing derogatory things about her, making her insecure about herself. It is said that he had written that she was a “whore”.
Nembutal and chloral hydrate were in Marilyn’s blood when she passed away and other drugs to assist with her anxiety and insomnia. She also was prescribed the following medications in 1962. You can see the documents relating to this below under ‘Death’:
- Chloral Hydrate (100): A sedative used as an anaesthetic and sleep aid
- Librium (200): Used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
- Valmid (100): Sedative/hypnotic used for insomnia.
- Percodan (24): Pain reliever that is a combination of aspirin and oxycodone
- Lomotil (24): Diarrhoea medication
- Dexedrine (12): Amphetamine, stimulant
- Seconal (25): An anaesthetic and sedative
- Tuinal (25): Composed of two barbiturate salts (secobarbital sodium and amobarbital sodium) in equal proportions. Sedative for sleep
- Hydrozets (24): Throat lozenges
- Sulfa Gum: Used for sore throat s
- Darvon (24): An opioid used for pain relief, no longer available.
- Sulfathallidine (36): Antibiotic
- Nembutal (25): Sedative
- Phenergan (25): Sedative/sleep aid
- Sombulex (100): Sedative
Lee Strasberg believed that to be a great actress Marilyn would need to delve into her subconscious and the best way to obtain this would be to see a psychoanalyst. “As for the actor’s training, I would say that the essential element is to train the inner faculties of the artist.”
Her first analyst, Dr Margaret Hohenburg, was recommended to her by her friend, photographer and business partner Milton Greene. After the break up of Marilyn and Milton’s friendship in 1957, Marilyn began to see Dr Marianne Kris. After she was wrongfully institutionalized at Payne Whitney in 1961 on the orders of Dr Kris, Marilyn began seeing Dr Ralph Greenson, whom she came to rely on immensely.
Marilyn always believed insanity ran in her family. However, this is not entirely true.
Marilyn’s great grandfather Tilford Hogan committed suicide in 1933 due to his failing health and the Great Depression.
Marilyn’s grandfather, Otis Monroe died in 1909 from syphilis of the brain. His wife, Della, believed that her husband died from a mental disorder which is incorrect.
Della later suffered from an inflammation of the heart which caused her to have many mood swings and manic-depressive states. She rarely saw the doctor or remembered to take her medication. There was no psychological profile relating to her death, which was caused by heart disease.
Marilyn’s mother Gladys also suffered from being run down from working long hours, inhaling dangerous chemicals whilst working as a film cutter, as well as depression and mood swings. She was then given medication that triggered abnormal behaviour. The effects of many medicines were unknown especially when it came to mental health.
Marilyn had been at the hospital for several reasons, aside from just surgeries. She had her tonsils removed, minor cosmetic surgeries, appendix removed, gallbladder removed, and several surgeries to fight against chronic endometritis, miscarriages, ectopic pregnancy, chronic bronchitis, and exhaustion.
- Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles.
- Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City.
- Doctor’s Hospital, New York City.
- Las Vegas General Hospital, Las Vegas.
- Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City.
- Los Angeles General Hospital, Los Angeles.
- Norwalk State Hospital, Norwalk.
- Payne Whitney Psychiatric Hospital, New York City.
- Polyclinic Hospital, New York City.
- Santa Monica Hospital, Santa Monica.
- St Vincent Hospital, Los Angeles.
- Westside Hospital, Los Angeles.
“The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another.”
Sadly, Marilyn could not have children due to chronic endometriosis. It is said she miscarried during the making of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956, however, there is no official record that states this other than Colin Clark and Berniece Miracle (her half-sister) stating that Marilyn had contacted her saying that her “heart is broken” and that she “will try again”. Arthur denied she was pregnant at the time calling the rumours, “absolute rubbish.”
She had an ectopic pregnancy in August 1957. Marilyn then miscarried in 1958 after 3 months of pregnancy.
Marilyn was told in 1959, after having an operation to correct her issues with conceiving, that she would never be able to have children.
She did have stepchildren – Joe DiMaggio Jr., Bobby Miller and Jane Miller.
Marilyn’s gynaecologist Dr Leon Krohn stated:
“And the rumours of her multiple abortions are ridiculous. She never had even one. Later there were two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy requiring emergency termination [of a pregnancy] but no abortion.”
The two miscarriages may refer to the rumoured miscarriage whilst in England in 1956 (although this was never officially confirmed) and a miscarriage that occurred in 1958 during the filming of Some Like It Hot.
No, Marilyn’s mother, Gladys, outlived her. But due to Gladys being in and out of homes whilst Norma Jeane grew up, she had to go into care which included foster homes and an orphanage. When she became famous, Marilyn said she was an orphan to be sure the press would leave her mother alone. Inez Melson would visit Gladys at the hospital and cared for her until she died.