lot n°268: Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, & Mamie van Doren
9 1-sheet posters & 4 stills
(Various, 1952-56) Gelatin-silver prints (4) from Kiss Them for Me; together with 27” x 41” one-sheet posters (9) for: We’re Not Married; O’Henry’s Full House; Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?; Girls Town; The sheriff of Fractured Jaw; Private Lives of Adam and Eve; Platinum High School; The Misfits; and Kiss Me, Stupid. Some have minor losses or stains, overall Very Good to Very Fine.
Estimate: $300 - $500
lot n°696: Collection of (6) photos of Marilyn Monroe:
singing, posing, and with husbands, printed ca. 1970
Lot comprised of (6) gelatin-silver double-weight semi-gloss 11” x 14” prints of Marilyn Monroe, printed ca. 1970 from the original negatives. Includes: recording “Let’s Make Love” soundtrack (2); at beach in bathing suits (2); and one each with husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Tiny corner losses and minor bumping and handling, else Very Good to Fine.
Estimate: $300 - $500
lot n°697: Collection of (5) oversize photos of Marilyn Monroe at home,
printed ca. 1970
Lot comprised of (5) gelatin-silver double-weight semi-gloss 11” x 14” prints of Marilyn Monroe, printed ca. 1970 from the original negatives. All shot at various times in one or more of Marilyn’s own homes. Tiny corner losses and minor bumping and handling, else Very Good to Fine.
Estimate: $200 - $300
lot n°701: Collection of (4) 16 x 20 photos of Marilyn Monroe intimate portraits,
printed ca. 1970
Gelatin-silver double-weight semi-gloss 16” x 20” prints (4) of Marilyn Monroe, all being intimate portraits from various locations and times, printed ca. 1970 from the original negatives. Condition varies, with minor to moderate handling, creasing, and edge chipping from storage to each.
Estimate: $200 - $300
lot n°707: Marilyn Monroe original 3 x 4 in. color camera transparency
Color 3 x 4 in. transparency of Marilyn Monroe glamour shot wearing fur. Pinhole at lower left corner tip. Very fine.
Estimate: $200 - $300
lot n°709: Marilyn Monroe original camera negatives
from How to Marry a Millionaire and Something’s Got To Give
Five (4) 8 x 10 in. ((1) 4 x 5 in.) original camera negatives on safety film of Marilyn Monroe, one from How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), one from The Misfits (1961), and two from Something’s Got To Give (1962). A print accompanies the 4 x 5 in. negative and is crossed out in orange marker, presumably done by Marilyn herself, since she had editorial rights to all of her publicity images and typically used this color pen. One with pencil retouching. Fine.
Estimate: $400 - $600
lot n°711: Marilyn Monroe original camera negatives, glamour poses
Five (5) 4 x 5 in. original camera negatives on safety film of Marilyn Monroe in glamour poses, one risqué topless portrait attributed to Earl Moran. Very fine.
Estimate: $400 - $600
lot n°714: Pair of Marilyn Monroe 8 x 10 color transparencies from How to Marry a Millionaire
Pair of color 8 x 10 in. color transparencies, one of Marilyn Monroe with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall from How to Marry a Millionaire and one with Yves Montand from Let’s Make Love. Very good and Fine.
Estimate: $200 - $300
lot n°725: Marilyn Monroe collection of (10) portrait and scene stills, 1950-1963
Gelatin-silver glossy prints (9) and (1) color still, of Marilyn Monroe from the following films: Asphalt Jungle (1950, 1); Home Town Story (1951, 1); We’re not Married (1952, 1); Don’t Bother to Knock (1952, 1); The Seven Year Itch (1955, 1); The Prince and the Showgirl (1957, 3 including special cheesecake publicity pose); Something’s Got to Give (1962/uncompleted, 1); and Marilyn (1963, 1). Two trimmed slightly for publication, generally Very Good to Fine.
Estimate: $200 - $300
lot n°728: All About Eve British Quad poster
(TCF, 1953) British Quad, 20 x 40 in., folded and unrestored. Faint ½ in. creased tear at upper center margin; otherwise, Very fine. Remarkable, unused condition.
Estimate: $500 - $700
lot n°729: “Marilyn” signature title art for the 1963 documentary Marilyn
(TCF, 1963) Title camera art for the Twentieth Century-Fox compilation of archival footage documenting Monroe’s early studio beginnings as a bit player in A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950) to her final screen moments in the unfinished Something’s Got to Give (1962). Enamel on glass, the entire piece measures 24 in. x 34 in, the logo art measures approx. 6 in. x 20 in. The portrait of Marilyn is a reproduction to complete the display. Housed in an archival frame and perfect for display. An original piece created for the production by Pacific Title.
Estimate: $6 000 - $8 000
lot n°730: Life magazine newsstand poster of Marilyn Monroe’s first Life cover, 1952
Newsstand poster featuring the April 7, 1952 issue of LIFE magazine with cover photograph of Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman, being her first of many LIFE covers to follow in the next decade. One of the most iconic and indelible images from her early career. Measures 26 ½ in. x 34 ½ in. on linen measuring 28 ½ in. x 36 ½ in. Very fine.
Estimate: $800 - $1 200
lot n°731: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio wire photo from their wedding day
Gelatin-silver print, 7 in. x 9 in. UPI wire photo (not trimmed, this is correct size for this medium) dated 1/14/ announcing the marriage by civil ceremony of Marilyn Monroe to Joe DiMaggio. Friends close to both reported later that Marilyn informed her studio press agent ahead of time, unbeknownst to Joe who wanted a quiet and very private event. This kind of discord likely contributed heavily to the marriage lasting a mere nine months. Wire photos tend to be much more ephemeral than studio publicity material, as they were the “fax” of the time for news organizations to spread images quickly, and tended to be discarded immediately. This example remains in exceptional condition for a print of its type.
Estimate: $300 - $500
lot n°732: Marilyn Monroe’s platinum and diamond
eternity wedding band given to her by Joe DiMaggio
A platinum eternity band set with 35 baguette-cut diamonds (one diamond missing just as it was at the Christie’s Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe sale in 1999), VS1 clarity with a total carat weight of 3.5 (when all diamonds were present), given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio on their wedding day on January 14, 1954.
After Marilyn did some publicity photographs wearing a sexy short-skirted baseball outfit in the winter of 1951-1952, DiMaggio saw the pictures and learned that she was a rising Hollywood starlet and was determined to meet her as soon as possible. They were introduced at an Italian restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and DiMaggio was surprised to learn that she had never attended a baseball game and knew practically nothing about the game. For his part, DiMaggio was suspicious of Hollywood and its invented idolatry. Despite this, the couple had an immediate and palpable chemistry; Marilyn was drawn to this calm, handsome ex-ballplayer while DiMaggio was smitten by her considerable charm and a passionate romance was instantly ignited.
The two were married in an intimate civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall, out of the spotlight, a rarity for both of them. DiMaggio’s friend Reno Barsocchini and his old San Francisco Seals manager, Francis Joseph “Lefty” O’Doul, together with O’Doul’s wife and the judge were the only people in attendance. Marilyn had no loved ones present. Standing beside Joe, holding three orchids, she promised to “love, honor and cherish.” When the orchids withered in her perspiring hands, she turned to Joe and asked that if she died before him, would he place flowers at her grave every week, like William Powell had done at the grave of Jean Harlow? Joe promised that he would.
When the ceremony was completed, the newly married couple exited the courtroom to over 100 reporters, fans and autograph hounds. Unbeknownst to Joe, Marilyn had shared the news with studio publicity chief, Harry Brand. The newlyweds were photographed kissing and submitted to a barrage of questions including famously, “How many children did they plan?” “I’d like to have six,” Marilyn responded. “One,” said Joe.
The dreams of America’s favorite couple were short-lived as the couple’s relationship was strained from the outset. On September 15, 1954 during filming of the famous subway grate sequence of The Seven Year Itch, DiMaggio was urged by friend Walter Winchell to come view the spectacle that was taking place on Lexington Avenue. DiMaggio relented and witnessed the iconic scene of Marilyn astride the subway vent with white dress billowing upward. DiMaggio was furious and stormed off. Two weeks later, Marilyn filed a petition for divorce; the marriage lasting only nine months.
In February, 1961, Monroe was admitted to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic where she contacted DiMaggio. He secured her release and she spent some time with him in Florida where the couple reconciled. True to his promise, after her death, DiMaggio continued to send one half-dozen roses to her crypt three times a week for 20 years. Unlike Marilyn’s other husbands or others who knew her, DiMaggio refused to talk publicly about her, the woman he loved more than any other.
Provenance: Christie’s Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe, Lot 10, October 27-28, 1999 and sold for $772,500.
Estimate: $300 000 - $500 000
lot n°694: 18-year-old Marilyn Monroe amazing autograph letter signed
18-year-old Marilyn Monroe amazing autograph letter signed - MONROE, MARILYN. Amazing Autograph Letter Signed “Norma Jeane”, Four pages, blue-lined Octavo sheets, dated June 15, 1944. Penned at the top, and stricken-through, is the address “14668 Parthenia St, Van Nuys” (curiously, she never lived at that address). Written to Grace Goddard, Norma Jeane’s legal guardian and ‘mother’ figure during the tumultuous years of her youth. Norma Jeane — just 18 years of age — pens (in full):
I was so happy to hear from you. I was so thrilled to read your letter and learn of all that you have been doing lately. [Grace had recently moved to West Virginia]
I will send you your picture very s[h]ortly now, I’m going down Saturday to find out more about it. Also will send you lots of snapshoots at the same time I send you the picture. I found out that a 10² x 12² (that was the size you wanted wasn’t it?) cost exactly $5.00.
Jimmie has been gone for seven weeks and the first word I received from him was the day before my birthday. He sent a cable night letter by Western Union saying ‘Darling, on you birthday, I send you a whole world of love’. I was simply thrilled to death to hear from him.
I have never really written and told you of Jimmies and my married life together. Of course I know that if it hadn’t been for you we might not have ever been married and I know I owe you a lot for that fact alone, besides countless others. That is why I feel that I should let you know about us. I love Jimmie just more than anyone (in a differn’t way I suppose than anyone) and I know I shall never be happy with anyone else as long as I live, and I know he feels the same towards me. So you see we are really very happy together that is of course, when we can be together. We both miss each other terribly. We will be married two years June 19th. And we really have had quite a happy life together.
I am working 10 hrs. a day at Radioplane Co., at Metropolitain Airport. I am saving almost everything I earn (to help pay for our future home after the war.) The work isn’t easy at all for I am on my feet all day and walking quite a bit.
I was all set to get a Civil Service job with the Army, all my papers filled out and everything set to go, and then I found out I would be working with all Army fellows. I was over there one day, there are just too many wolves to be working with, there are enough of those at Radioplane Co. with out a whole army full of them. The Personal [Personnel] Officer said that he would hire me but that he wouldn’t advice it for my own sake, so I am back at Radioplane Co. & pretty contented.
Well I guess that is about all for now.
With much love,
Summer of 1944 was a fateful time for young Norma Jeane Dougherty. Circa 1943-44, she landed her first job at Radioplane Co. (a defense contractor in Burbank, California), through the influence of her mother-in-law, Ethel. Her husband, Jim, had recently joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and shipped off to war just “seven weeks” previously.
Although she here thanks Grace for the instrumental role she played in organizing and consenting to her marriage, it is known that she later harbored feelings of resentment towards Grace for taking off to West Virginia (in effect, abandoning Norma Jeane), and believed that her “surrogate mother” had arranged the marriage as a convenient way to get rid of her. Despite Norma Jeane gushing over her love for her husband, her marriage was soon to unravel. Just a few months later, Norma Jeane met a man who would vault her to stardom: Army photographer David Conover. Conover had been tasked by his commanding officer (who was, interestingly enough, actor and future President Ronald Reagan) to photograph women factory workers who were helping with the war effort. Making the rounds at Radioplane he was naturally drawn to Norma Jeane, who, along with her stunning beauty and bubbly personality, seemed to have a certain “aura” around the camera.
She soon appeared on the cover of Yank magazine, and the die was cast. Heeding the advice of Conover and Grace, she obtained a divorce from Dougherty (September 13, 1946), and began one of the most famous careers in Hollywood.
A wonderful letter, showing how Norma Jeane viewed her world and her future with Jim Dougherty just two years into their marriage — though her life would soon change forever. Numerous corrections throughout, and page one exhibits original ink-blot. Overall, in excellent condition.
Estimate: $40 000 - $60 000
lot n°719: Marilyn Monroe’s personal annotated
working promptbook-script for The Sleeping Prince
(aka The Prince and the Showgirl) - (Warner Bros., 1957) Clasp-bound in crimson paper covers, and intentionally printed in half-size (5” x 8”) for ease of use on set, especially considering the elaborate costumes required for this drawing-room comedy starring, and co-produced by, Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. This example is identified on the specially-printed titled front cover as “PERSONAL COPY OF MISS MONROE”. Many pages inside exhibit not only scene and dialogue notes attributed to Monroe’s own hand, but many personal thoughts and observations by her as well, namely “What am I doing here with this man/I can’t believe my eyes, ears/ watch him/’oh no’/this idiot/ Chanel #5/ I just think it’s a joke/ don’t take anyone else’s tone/ affective memory/ heart breaking” plus at least one slightly naughty joke, “like a music box: a tinkle”, among other ‘notes to self’. Accounts from the time agree that Marilyn had more trouble working with Olivier than with any other male lead in her career. At least (31) of this small, character-dialogue promptbook-script’s (68) pages exhibit anywhere from one to numerous notations by Miss Monroe, making this one of the most intensely personal artifacts extant from her professional career. Covers are significantly tattered all around the margins, and front cover, together with first (2) pages, are torn 2/3 down from top near spine, else intact and complete as originally issued.
Estimate: $30 000 - $50 000
lot n°723: Marilyn Monroe signed check to her housekeeper, Eunice Murray
Personal check signed, 3 in. x 8 ¼ in., dated July 10, 1962 and drawn from Marilyn Monroe’s account paying her housekeeper Eunice Murray $100.00. Signed “Marilyn Monroe” in blue ink. Cancellation stamps on recto and verso and bearing Murray’s endorsement signature on the verso. Murray was Monroe’s housekeeper during the last years of her life and accompanied Monroe during her trip to Mexico in February, 1962. Eunice Murray was staying with Monroe the night of the star’s death and reportedly called Monroe’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, upon discovering the body the night of August 5, 1962. This check was signed just three weeks prior to Monroe’s death and amazingly stamped “PAID” on August 7, two days after she died. A wonderful association.
Estimate: $1 500 - $2 500
lot n°724: Joe DiMaggio autograph postcard signed to Marilyn Monroe
Autograph Postcard Signed, “Joe,” to “Dearest Marilyn” from Copenhagen, Denmark and postmarked May 20, 1962. DiMaggio pens, “Dearest Marilyn, Have a short stop over here at Copenhagen enroute for the ‘long underwear country.’ Should be there in about three hours. Spent nine days here in 1958. Wonderful country. The famous Tivoli park was one of my favorite places. Love, Joe.” Addressed in DiMaggio’s hand to “Miss Marilyn Monroe, 12305 Fifth Helena Dr., Los Angeles 49, California, USA.” In February, 1961, Monroe was admitted to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic where she contacted DiMaggio. He secured her release and she spent some time with him in Florida where the couple reconciled. Accompanied by a printed photograph of the couple on their wedding day
Estimate: $4 000 - $6 000
lot n°737: Marilyn Monroe invitation to JFK birthday celebration with call sheet from her personal property
From the Christie’s 1999 sale of the personal property of Marilyn Monroe, three items for one event which document one of the most significant personal moments for her. In chronological sequence, the first is the personal invitation from “New York’s Birthday Salute to the President” requesting her presence at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962 to celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s birthday gala party; the second is a 2pp mimeo call-sheet for the evening’s order of events, detailing Marilyn’s appearance at #35, “Marilyn Monroe and Stars”, which an unknown hand has doodled what might be a stage, and written in red grease pencil, with corrections in graphite, “Who do you have to be to ask- Who do you have to be to be disappointment-“ ; the last is the official illustrated program for the birthday event with iconic portrait of Kennedy on cover, with red, white and blue patriotic design. All three items were the personal examples in Marilyn Monroe’s possession during the time of this historic event, for which she performed an extraordinarily sexy, breathy rendition of “Happy Birthday”to the President (even calling in sick to work at Fox in order to do so), and each shows extra folds and slight handling by her, presumably to secure inside a purse that night. Kennedy remarked on stage that he could retire from politics after such a performance; Peter Lawford introduced her as “the late Marilyn Monroe”, and sadly she would be gone to a mysterious death in just over two months.
Provenance: Christie’s Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe, Lot 54, October 27-28, 1999 and sold for $129,000.
Estimate: $40 000 - $60 000
Marilyn Monroe et Joe DiMaggio à la fête d'anniversaire de Tom DiMaggio (le frère de Joe). Marilyn lui offre un coffret en métal; le 12 janvier 1954.
> L'album photos de la famille DiMaggio, extrait du livre Marilyn Joe and Me dont l'auteur est June DiMaggio, la fille de Tom (et donc nièce de Joe).
Marilyn, Joe & Me:
June DiMaggio Tells It Like It Was
Auteurs: June DiMaggio, Mary Jane Popp
Date de sortie: novembre 2006
Broché 224 pages
Éditeur: Penmarin Books
Prix éditeur: 22 Euros
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Présentation: At long last, June DiMaggio, niece of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and a dear friend of Marilyn Monroe for 11 years, tells untold stories of the two legendary, very private stars that are insightful, fun and engaging. She also reveals what her family knew all along: Marilyn was more than a movie star and sex symbol... And her death was anything but suicide.
The DiMaggio family was very private then, and still is today. In fact, no book has ever been written by a member of Joe DiMaggio’s clan until now. No other book has firsthand stories told by someone who was there. June DiMaggio has been around celebrities since she was a child. A music theater star in her own right, June befriended Marilyn as well as other stars in Hollywood in the ’50s. She well understood that the real light of Marilyn Monroe was much more luminous than the sexy star power promoted by Hollywood. In Marilyn, Joe & Me, we can finally see Marilyn Monroe for who she was—intelligent, warm, funny, generous of spirit, good-hearted, well-read, articulate and a delightful, loving friend. Candid and full of charm and character, June tells it the way it was: She sets the record straight, and she pulls no punches in describing Hollywood behind the glitz and glitter of the studios and cameras.
Now in her late 70s, June finally reveals what the DiMaggio family knew all along: Their beloved Marilyn did not commit suicide—she was murdered. The family never discussed the subject. June’s mother went to her grave knowing the identity of Marilyn’s murderer— sharing it with no one. An article on Marilyn’s death in the December 2005 issue of Playboy included an excerpt from Marilyn, Joe & Me.
Marilyn, Joe & Me is filled with never-before-published photos that capture the essence of the people and the times: exclusive pictures of Marilyn in the production of her last film, Thes Misfits, and a treasury of DiMaggio family snapshots.
Fin de l'année 1953, Marilyn Monroe rend visite aux voisins des parents de Joe DiMaggio à San Francisco. Sur l'une des photographies, Helen, la maîtresse de maison, est assise à côté de Marilyn et la tient par le cou. Sur l'autre photographie, c'est la soeur d'Helen, Rose, venue spécialement de New York pour voir Marilyn, qui la regarde étonnemment.
Au dos de l'une des photos, Helen a écrit: "Marilyn avait une éruption cutanée sur le visage à l'époque et ne voulait pas être photographiée, mais Rose a insisté. Marilyn accepta tant que cela restait en noir et blanc".
End of the year 1953: Marilyn Monroe visits the neighbors of the Joe DiMaggio's parents in San Francisco. On the one photograph, Helen, the housewife, is sat next to Marilyn, given to her an affectionate hug. On the other photograph, that's Rose, the sister of Helen, who came specially from New York to see Marilyn, who looks at her stunningly.
On the back of the photo, Helen wrote: “Marilyn had a rash on her face at the time and didn’t want to be photographed, but Rose insisted. Marilyn agreed as long as it was black & white.”
> source: lire l'article Marilyn Monroe, Baby Sitter
copyright text by GinieLand.
Pendant le tournage de The Seven Year Itch (Sept ans de réflexion), des bruits commencent à courir à propos d'une crise conjugale au sein du couple Marilyn Monroe - Joe DiMaggio. Après un voyage d'une petite semaine à New York et Cleveland où il commentait des matchs de base-ball, Joe est de retour le 2 octobre 1954: Marilyn lui fait savoir son intention de divorcer. Elle engage l'avocat Jerry Giesler. Les médias sont vite avertis par le service publicité de la Fox et le 5 octobre, des hordes de journalistes se pressent devant la maison que Marilyn et Joe partagent au 508 North Palm Drive, à Beverly Hills.
Le 6 octobre 1954, une conférence de presse est organisée.
Le matin du 6 octobre, Joe DiMaggio quitte la maison, emportant ses affaires avec l'aide de son ami Reno Barsocchini, ancien partenaire de base-ball. Il dit aux journalistes qu'il quittait Los Angeles pour San Francisco et ne remettrait pas les pieds dans la maison que Marilyn et lui avaient loué. Mais il refuse de parler du divorce car il ne prend pas trop cette demande de divorce au sérieux et gardait sérieusement l'espoir que Marilyn change d'avis.
Les nombreux journalistes attendent ensuite la sortie de Marilyn. Presse écrite, radio, caméramen, et nombreux photographes -dont Georges Silk et Allan Grant pour Life et Bruno Bernard- se sont regroupés dans le jardin de la maison.
L'avocat de Marilyn, Jerry Giesler, sort sur le péron pour faire patienter les journalistes.
Marilyn Monroe sort enfin, accompagnée discrètement de Sidney Skolsky et cherchant le soutien de son avocat Jerry Gielser, qui livre à la presse l'annonce officielle de la demande de divorce de Marilyn contre Joe DiMaggio. Devant les photographes, Marilyn est au bord des larmes et ne prononcera pas un mot.
Jerry Giesler: "Elle n'a rien à dire si ce n'est que la demande de divorce est due à des divergences professionnelles."
Un témoin décrit la scène et l'apparition de Marilyn comme digne d'un Oscar de la meilleure comédie. Il semble que Marilyn ait orchestré son attitude d'épouse déplorée, afin de gagner la sympathie du public. Bien qu'elle était sans doute affectée par le naufrage de son mariage, elle joue un peu la comédie, feintant de pleurer en se cachant derrière un mouchoir, pour montrer au public qu'elle n'était pas l'instigatrice du différend au sein du couple (Joe aurait voulu qu'elle stoppe sa carrière et Marilyn n'était pas prête à jouer les femmes au foyer). L'attitude violente de Joe et sa jalousie excessive ne seront bien évidemment pas mentionnées aux médias.
Après la conférence de presse, Marilyn quitte la maison dans la voiture de son avocat et se rend aux studios de la Fox où elle devait terminer des scènes de The Seven Year Itch. Elle rentrera chez elle quelques heures plus tard. On raconte qu'elle téléphonait à Joe tous les soirs.
Beaucoup s'interrogèrent sur les raisons de la faillite du mariage, après seulement neuf mois d'union, de ce couple si bien assorti. Marilyn dira plus tard: "C'était une sorte d'amitié, cinglée et difficile, avec quelques avantages sexuels. Plus tard, j'ai appris que c'était souvent le lot de tout mariage".
Le lendemain, le 7 octobre 1954, Marilyn tourne les scènes en pyjama rose dans The Seven Year Itch, une des scènes comiques du film. Quand à Joe DiMaggio, il tient une conférence de presse à San Francisco, où il est parti s'installer, dans sa maison près de la plage; il refuse de commenter la séparation d'avec Marilyn et déclare simplement vouloir prendre un long repos.
Livre Marilyn Monroe Les inédits de Marie Clayton
Livre Marilyn Monroe et les caméras
Captures à partir de cette video youtube
Le 27 octobre 1954, Marilyn Monroe se rend au tribunal de Santa Monica, en Californie, pour le jugement de son divorce d'avec Joe DiMaggio. Elle est épaulée par son ami Sidney Skolsky, mais aussi accompagnée par son avocat Jerry Giesler. Pour la circonstance, Marilyn est toute vêtue de noir, élégante dans un tailleur classique, un petit chapeau noir et des gants blancs, comme si elle était en deuil. Elle arbore autour de son cou le collier de perles que lui avait offert l'empereur japonais lors de sa lune de miel en Asie. Dès leur arrivée, le trio (Marilyn, Skolsky et Giesler) sont assaillis par les photographes et caméramen.
Au tribunal, Marilyn est assise devant le juge Orlando H. Rhodes. Elle témoigne pendant dix minutes:
"Joe est froid et indifférent, il est lunatique et peut ne pas m'adresser la parole pendant plusieurs jours... Quand j'essaie de lui parler, il ne me répond pas ou me dit: 'Laisse moi tranquille! Arrête de m'ennuyer'. (...) Il m’interdit de recevoir des visites, en neuf mois, je n’ai reçu que trois fois des amis.".
Natasha Lytess avait proposé à Marilyn de témoigner en sa faveur mais Marilyn a refusé. Seule Inez Melson, la conseillère financière de Marilyn, apporte un témoignage:
"Mr DiMaggio était complètement indifférent et se souciait peu du bonheur de Mrs DiMaggio. Je l’ai vu la repousser et lui dire de lui ficher la paix".
Marilyn appose sa signature sur les papiers du divorce. Ses yeux se remplirent de larmes quand le juge annonça: "Divorce accordé", au motif de "cruauté mentale" (qui équivaut à l'incompatiblité d'humeur en France). Il ne sera cependant officiel que l'année suivante, en octobre 1955, prononcé par le juge Elmer Doyle.
Joe DiMaggio était absent et ne fera pas appel. Mais il ne renoncait pas à annuler le divorce: la veille du jugement, il était à Los Angeles, prétextant qu'il était venu voir son fils. Et le jour même du divorce, il convoque la presse pour dire qu'il n'avait pas perdu l'espoir d'une réconciliation, en déclarant: "J'éspère qu'elle verra la lumière".
Quand à Marilyn, elle était certainement perdue dans ses sentiments: d'un côté, elle déclare à la presse qu'elle n'avait pas d'homme dans sa vie, en tenant une interview la veille du jugement (sa première interview depuis la séparation), tout en se préparant à persuader le juge de la "cruauté mentale" de DiMaggio; et de l'autre côté, elle continuait à voir DiMaggio: on raconte même qu'elle aurait passé la nuit précédente et suivante de l'audience, avec Joe, chez Sinatra.
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Livre Marilyn Monroe Les inédits de Marie Clayton
Livre Les vies secrètes de Marilyn Monroe, de Anthony Summers
La rivière sans retour
Sur le tournage
Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum (avec des lunettes de soleil) et Joe Di Maggio, à l'aéroport international de Vancouver, au Canada.
Le 1er septembre 1953, Marilyn Monroe et Robert Mitchum prennent l'avion à Seattle pour se rendre à Los Angeles. Marilyn porte un plâtre à sa jambe gauche et marche avec des béquilles, après s'être blessée à la cheville sur le tournage de River of no return (La rivière sans retour) au Canada. Le tournage des scènes extérieures au Canada étant bouclées, l'équipe du film retourne à Los Angeles pour terminer les prises de vues en studio. Marilyn est vêtue de la robe en laine qu'elle porte dans l'une des scènes du film Gentlemen prefer blondes (Les hommes préfèrent les blondes).
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Marilyn Monroe s'est mariée trois fois;
et chacun de ses mariages s'est soldé par un divorce.
4 ans de mariage
> Mariés le
9 mois de mariage
> Mariés le
5 ans de mariage
> Mariés le 29/06/1956