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Our Marilyn Monroe Q&A I

Here are some of the questions you asked on Instagram! This post will contain some sensitive topics.

DID MARILYN MONROE EVER HAVE AN ABORTION?

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.”

Marilyn desperately wanted children. Her endometriosis made the process of getting pregnant and carrying full-term incredibly difficult. Although we cannot confirm when the first miscarriage took place (supposedly in 1956, although there are no official documents to confirm this) we can confirm Marilyn never terminated any of her pregnancies.

Between the 1930s and 1950s, many film studios had a lot of control over their stars. Unfortunately, contraception such as the pill didn’t come around until 1960. Stars such as Jane Russell, Ava Gardner, Brigitte Bardot and Lana Turner all had abortions due to being in the industry and being influenced by the studio. But this was not the case for Marilyn. She never fell pregnant at that time and therefore did not need to have an abortion. Even if she had, she should not be judged. But her gynaecologist knew Marilyn and knew this never happened. Doctors who saw Marilyn in 1957 when she had an ectopic pregnancy stated to the press it was the first time she had fallen pregnant.


DID MARILYN HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH THE KENNEDY BROTHERS?


WERE THE KENNEDYS RESPONSIBLE FOR MARILYN’S DEATH?

04 August 1962 President Kennedy and family, Hyannis Port. L-R: John F. Kennedy Jr., Mrs Kennedy, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, President Kennedy. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Putting it simply… No.

  1. They had no reason to kill her. She did not have a secret red diary that she was going to expose to the world in a press conference. She wasn’t going to expose her affair. In fact, Marilyn was a private person. Doing anything like this would’ve been incredibly detrimental to her and her career, something she cherished and worked hard for.
  2. They were nowhere near Los Angeles at the time of Marilyn’s death. And no, they didn’t get the CIA or the Mafia to kill her on their behalf.

You can read all about her death here. At the bottom of the page is a FAQ that discusses why they had no part to play and where the initial rumours of this originated.


WAS HER DEATH A COVER-UP?

I personally do not believe so.

It was common (and still is) that when a celebrity dies (or if they did something wrong) that the police are called after the publicity department, personal doctors and agents are contacted. It doesn’t mean there was always a cover-up. Not always, but a lot of the time.

This usually happened in order to make sure no wrong information was leaked or they could get the correct story out and not cause panic. Obviously, this didn’t always work and more often than not the lies came out before the truth.


DID MARILYN HAVE ANY IRRATIONAL PHOBIAS?

Although not irrational, according to Donald Spoto, after being institutionalised in 1961, Marilyn had a fear of locked doors.

This is part of the reason he believes Eunice Murray and Dr Greenson were directly responsible for Marilyn’s death as Mrs Murray stated Marilyn’s bedroom door was locked. Spoto, although a great biographer, is also wrong at times, especially when discussing Marilyn’s passing. Although he removes one conspiracy he creates another one. The biographer claimed Marilyn didn’t have a lock on her bedroom door. He states that Marilyn only had a lock on her front door and on a safe. But you can see in the image below that she did have one in her bedroom. But whether the door was in fact locked the night she died, who knows but she definitely had a lock on her door. Dr Greenson is said to have gotten into her room via the window and unlocked it from the inside.

Although wonderful in front of the camera, Marilyn suffered from anxiety and stage fright. Marilyn also was a perfectionist when it came to her appearance. So if she didn’t think she looked “perfect” she would hide in her dressing room. Again, not completely irrational for a model and actress. She was perfect in photos and even shone in the final product of a movie but she did forget lines, stutter and keep her co-stars waiting on many occasions due to this phobia. Ironically, it probably made the situation worse at it made the cast and crew on many movies cold towards her, making her even more nervous. She would get patchy red blotches across her neck and chest when feeling stressed, which would increase her anxiety.


WHAT HAPPENED TO MARILYN IN 1962? SHE LOOKED REALLY FRAIL.

Marilyn had lost weight, making her appear thinner and more “fragile”, between 1960 and 1962 possibly for a few reasons:

  • Marilyn had been working almost non-stop between the working on Let’s Make Love, which commenced filming in January until June. She had a couple of weeks before flying to the sweltering Reno in the Nevada desert to film The Misfits which wrapped up in November 1960.
  • During the filming of The Misfits Marilyn and Arthur were constantly arguing and it was visible to everyone they weren’t happy together.
  • She had been told in 1959 she would not be able to have children. Although Marilyn said she would keep trying, after her divorce from Miller it seemed less likely.
  • In November 1960 Marilyn and Arthur Miller divorced. He remarried in February 1962. His new wife Inge Morath was a photographer who was on the set of The Misfits.
  • In 1961 she was wrongly institutionalised and locked in a padded cell for 4 days.
  • Marilyn had her gall bladder removed in June 1961. Surgery can also decrease your appetite.
  • Due to gallbladder surgery, she had to have a low-fat diet. She also had regular massages which are said to help you lose weight.
  • In 1962 Marilyn suffered from numerous colds and sinus infections, increasing her sleepless nights and making her appear tired and run down.
  • Marilyn was under a lot of stress during the filming of Something’s Got To Give, a movie which she had not wanted to make.

Although in 1962 she claimed she was incredibly happy and looking forward to the future, she still suffered from anxiety and insomnia. This could also account for her looking a little tired at times. However, I think in 1962 she looked very happy despite her stresses and weight loss. Photographs in 1962 were higher definition so tended to show more lines on someone’s face, making Marilyn appear older. But she looked absolutely stunning in 1962, as she always had done.

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