Category Archives: Personal Life

Marilyn: A Lady of Letters

A letter written by Marilyn to her poet friend, Norman Rosten, while living at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel circa 1955, is on display until December 9 at the Douglas Elliman Gallery on Madison Avenue, alongside notes penned by Joe DiMaggio, Emily Dickinson … Continue reading

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Emerson Graduation Photo Sold

Marilyn’s graduation photo, taken at Emerson Junior High in 1941, has sold for £990 at Omega Auctions in Stockport, near Manchester, reports BBC News. Can you spot Norma Jeane in there? “The 8in x 24in (20cm x 60cm) photo from … Continue reading

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Marilyn’s Gift to London’s Children

London’s Anna Freud Centre for children suffering from mental health problems, a beneficiary of Marilyn’s final will (via Dr Marianne Kris), has been given a £5 million windfall by her estate, reports the Daily Express. “The Anna Freud Centre in Hampstead, … Continue reading

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Marilyn and Ralph Roberts

Marilyn first met fellow actor Ralph L. Roberts at the home of Lee Strasberg, and in 1959 he became her personal masseur. She loved to hear stories about his hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina, and called him ‘brother’ – in fact, … Continue reading

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Casting Norma Jeane

Casting Norma Jeane: A Starlet is Transformed into Marilyn Monroe focuses on 1946, the year when 20 year-old Norma Jeane Dougherty became Marilyn Monroe. Author James Glaeg met Sam and Enid Knebelcamp, part of her extended family, in 1958. The book … Continue reading

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The Wild, Wild Women of Bimini Place

Michelle Morgan, author of Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed, has posted some interesting findings on her blog about Marilyn’s mother, Gladys Baker, and her friend Grace McKee’s life in Los Angeles during the 1920s. “One of the things I loved, … Continue reading

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How Marilyn Stayed in Shape

Decades before Jane Fonda’s workout video inspired women worldwide to tone up, Marilyn was an early Hollywood fitness devotee, who lifted weights, jogged and followed a high-protein diet. Her diet and fitness secrets were discussed in the Daily Mail this … Continue reading

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Marilyn’s Valley Connections

A young Marilyn lived in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, at various homes during the years 1937-47. Her cousin Eleanor ‘Bebe’ Goddard, and movie stand-in Evelyn Moriarty were Valley residents. And the bandleader Ray Anthony hosted the famous ‘My … Continue reading

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Norma Jeane in the 1940 Census

Biographer and researcher Michelle Morgan shares her latest findings on Marilyn’s early years on her blog today. “Norma Jeane was living at the time with Doc and Grace Goddard, and a lodger…As stated in the census, Margaret Kanouse was living … Continue reading

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The Pharmacist’s Daughter Speaks

Sondra Farrell Bazrod is the daughter of Samuel Bazrod, pharmacist at one of Marilyn’s regular haunts, Schwab’s Drugstore on Hollywood Boulevard. (Sondra also appeared in a scene from Monkey Business, which was later cut.) She has spoken about her father, … Continue reading

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