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Was Marilyn ever a call girl?

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.“

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