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Marilyn Monroe's Second Husband -- Joe DiMaggio (1954-1954)
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

American film actress and sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, with her second husband, the baseball player Joe DiMaggio in 1955.

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The different phases of their lives and their different personalities created conflict in the marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio.

Born:

Joseph (Joe) Paul DiMaggio aka Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio Jr: November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California.

Died:

Joe: On March 8, 1999 in Hollywood, Florida, at the age of 84, Joe DiMaggio died of lung cancer.

How Marilyn and Joe Met:

Joe and Marilyn first met in March 1952 when a friend arranged for them to meet on a dinner date. They began dating in 1953.

Wedding Date and Info:

Marilyn and Joe were married in a civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on January 14, 1954. They spent their wedding night at the Clifton Motel in Paso Robles, California and honeymooned in Japan and Korea.
Barbara Leaming: "... she was wearing a chocolate-brown broadcloth suit with a white ermine Peter Pan collar ... and clutched a spray of three white orchids. Joe, in a dark blue suit, wore the same blue polka-dot tie as on their first date. He had a white carnation in his lapel ... The single-ring ceremony in the judge's chambers took all of three minutes."
Source: Barbara Leaming. Marilyn Monroe. 2000. pg. 103.

Divorce:

Saying it was a "conflict of careers", Marilyn and Joe officially separated on October 5, 1954. Marilyn won an interlocutory decree on October 27, 1954. The divorce became final a year later. Marilyn filed for divorce on grounds of mental cruelty. Video
"But all was not rosy. Joe was then 39, and Marilyn, 27, and there was a growing disharmony in their temperaments. Joe had been through his baseball career and he was tired of publicity, while Marilyn was thriving on it. Joe was intolerant of tardiness, while Marilyn was always late. In a much repeated story, Marilyn appeared before some 10,000 troops in Korean to entertain and later exclaimed to Joe: 'You never heard such cheering!' and Joe replied, 'Yes, I have.'"
Source: "Joe Di Maggio, the Yankee Clipper." SFMuseum.org.

Occupations:

Joe: Professional baseball player, businessman, restaurant owner, writer.

Previous Marriage:

Joe had one previous marriage.
  • Dorothy Arnold: Joe and Dorothy, a nightclub singer and actress, met in January 1937. They were married on November 19, 1939 at the St. Peter and Paul Church in North Beach, California. Dorothy was born on November 21, 1917 in Duluth, Minnesota. Joe and Dorothy had one son, Joseph Paul DiMaggio III. They divorced in 1944. Dorothy died in 1984.

Quotes About the Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio:

Pamela Keogh: "At the very end, Joe DiMaggio tried to be Marilyn's protector. At the time of her death, on August 5, 1962, she and Joe DiMaggio were planning on remarrying just four days later."
Source: Pamela Keogh. Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?: Timeless Lessons on Love, Power, and Style. 2010. pg. 129.

"Joe proved his honorable character and his great love for Marilyn when he claimed her body after her death, took over the funeral arrangements, and had a dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for twenty years."
Source: "Marriages." JoeDiMaggio.com.

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