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. Due to her endometriosis, this 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 influences 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.
DID MARILYN HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH THE KENNEDY BROTHERS?
Yes, however, it’s not as passionate as many like to make out.
Marilyn met John F. Kennedy on only four occasions. Hardly a passionate affair. Remember, this is the President of the United States. His movements were heavily monitored, so we can say with some certainty there was no year-long relationship or plot for Marilyn to marry JFK.
The first meeting took place in October 1961 when 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.
On the 5th December 1961 JFK was in New York to make an address at the National Football Banquet and Hall of Fame which was held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. It is reported that Marilyn met the President that night 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 without being noticed. This supposed file was created by J. Edgar Hoover who was known to smear many reputations including James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Charlie Chaplin.
On the 24th of March, Marilyn and JFK had been invited to Bing Crosby’s home in Palm Springs along with other guests. It was this weekend Marilyn had the opportunity to sleep with the President. Marilyn was one of many women in the list of Kennedy’s conquests. He was notoriously unfaithful to his wife, Jackie Kennedy. Marilyn had telephoned her masseuse Ralph Roberts and discussed it later on with a few close friends, however, she stated it wasn’t anything remotely serious, just for fun.
The final meeting was at the infamous birthday gala on 19th May 1962. She was not taken home by either brother 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.
As for Bobby… Marilyn met JFK’s brother on Thursday 1st February 1962 at 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 honour 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 in Brentwood. After dinner at the Lawfords’ home, the attorney general’s driver took her back to Fifth Helena Drive. According to Eunice Murray, Marilyn’s housekeeper, she 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!”
Lastly on Saturday 19th May 1962 Marilyn was present to perform Happy Birthday for Bobby’s brother, John. After her world-famous performance, Marilyn, the Kennedy’s 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 which you may believe Marilyn and Robert or John were together, please let me know and I will investigate this for you.
WERE THE KENNEDYS RESPONSIBLE FOR MARILYN’S DEATH?
Putting is simply… No.
- They had no reason to kill her. She did not have a secret red diary which she was going to expose to the world in a press conferece. She wasn’t going to expose her affair. In fact, Marilyn was a private person. Doing anything like this would’ve been incredibly detremental to her and her career, something she cherished and worked hard for.
- They were no where 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 on 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 got 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.
Asked by @wondermonroe:
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 Vevada 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 had 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.
- In 1962 Marilyn suffered from numerous colds and sinus infections, increasing her sleepless nights 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.