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Timeline and Marriages of Marilyn Monroe


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Marriages of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe in 1958

Studio headshot portrait of American actor Marilyn Monroe posing with bare shoulders, circa 1958.

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Marriages of Marilyn Monroe:

Marilyn Monroe experienced heartache and sorrow over the failure of her three marriages. 

Monroe's first marriage to Jim Dougherty was when she was sixteen and appeared to be an arranged marriage of convenience. Her second marriage to Joe DiMaggio ended within a year. Marilyn's third marriage to Arthur Miller could not withstand her self-destructive behavior.

Marilyn Monroe Information:

Marilyn Monroe aka Norma Jeane Mortensen aka Norma Jean Baker: June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California.

Marilyn: At the age of 36 on August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe died at her Brentwood, California home. The official report of her death states she died of "acute barbiturate poisoning." Her crypt is at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

 "The conclusion: It was an accidental overdose or suicide that killed Marilyn. In fact, newly released documents say Marilyn "had obtained secretly ... a large and lethal stock of Nembutal and Chloral Hydrate ... All that's left is her legacy. Marilyn died beautiful, famous and alone."
Source: Nancy Kramer, Taigi Smith, Chris Young. "The Marilyn Tapes." CBSNews.com. 4/20/2006.


Marilyn did not have any children. She did have two miscarriages (1956 and 1958) and in 1957 she had an ectopic pregnancy terminated.

Marilyn: Actress, producer, model.

Marilyn Monroe's Quotes About Marriage:

Marilyn: "Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him. After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him."
Source: Simran Khurana. Quotes by Marilyn Monroe." Quotations.about.com.

Marilyn: "I have too many fantasies to be a housewife ... I guess I am a fantasy."
Source: Jone Johnson Lewis. "Marilyn Monroe Quotes on Love, Marriage and Sex." Womenshistory.about.com.

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