The myth of Marilyn: remembering Marilyn Monroe
  
The myth of Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe biography

The myth of Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe biography


Marilyn married three times during her lifetime, earning a reputation as a man-eater. From 1942 to 1946, she was married to her childhood neighbour James Dougherty, whom she abandoned in favour of her career.

She later admitted that the marriage didn't make her happy, but it didn't make her sad either. She then became the mistress of Johnny Hyde, the agent who propelled her into stardom.
 
In early 1952, she met Joe DiMaggio, a baseball idol, whom she married in 1954. Their love story made them America's sweethearts but they separated a few months later because Marilyn was wrapped up in her work and DiMaggio couldn't deal with her success. Nonetheless he was the one who organized her funeral and continued to have white roses placed on her grave until his own death in 1999.
 
In 1956, she married playwright Arthur Miller. She converted to Judaism for him and they spent five years together before getting divorced in 1961, which shook the actress' fragile emotional stability. 
 
Marilyn was also rumoured to be having an affair with President Kennedy, as well as his brother Robert. During the filming of Let's Make Love, she developed feelings for Yves Montand, but unlike Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller, he refused to leave his wife Simone Signoret, who said: "If Marilyn is in love with my husband it proves she has good taste."
 
It's also suggesed that Marilyn made a move on her co-star Clark Gable during the filming of The Misfits but that he spurned her advances. Finally, rumour has it that she tried to seduce  Rock Hudson and Marlon Brando, and that she had a dalliance with fellow actress Joan Crawford.
 

Pictured above with Arthur Miller 


Women in Focus Editor
2012/08/05
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