Gladys Baker – Marilyn’s Mother – Part Two

Gladys Baker

On her return to Los Angeles and with the beginning of her friendship with Grace McKee, Gladys Baker started going out dancing and dating, leading to the two women having a reputation amongst their male co-workers.  However, on 11th October 1924, Gladys shocked everyone when she suddenly married Edward Mortensen.  Though her new husband was very much in love with her, the same could not be said for Gladys, and soon she fell for one of her bosses at Consolisdated Films, a 25 year old divorcee named Charles Stanley Gifford.

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Gladys Pearl Monroe – Marilyn’s Mother – Part One

Marilyn Monroe Family Tree

Gladys Pearl Monroe was born on 27th May 1902, to Otis and Della Monroe. Gladys had one brother named Marion and when she was a child the family moved constantly. When Gladys Pearl Monroe was just seven, Otis contracted syphillis of the brain and died in the California State Hospital for the mentally ill. At the time the family did not know that syphillis was the cause of death, thinking Otis was insane, and so began a fear within the family that insanity was a family trait. In 1910, the family settled in Los Angeles and by 1912 Della had remarried to Lyle Arthur Graves, although the marriage was short lived – they were divorced by 1914.
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Some Like It Hot – Black Dress

In 1958 Orry Kelly, an Australian fashion designer (1897 – 1964), was signed on as designer for the movie “Some Like It Hot”. Amongst his designs for the movie were a silver/white dress which, in his words, was “of nude souffle draped on the bias to lift her breasts and push her tummy in.  It was so slightly beaded over her breasts that her nipples were not covered and [director] Billy Wilder had to light her with a single spot that left the area strategically in darkness.”
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Timeline of Marilyn’s Last Day

Timeline Marilyn's Last Day

Timeline – Marilyn’s Last Day

There has been much speculation, controversy, rumour and intrigue surrounding the circumstances of the night Marilyn died – Here are the facts as we know them:

08.00am  Eunice Murray arrives at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive.

09.00am  Marilyn gets up, has some grapefruit juice and tells Mrs. Murray that Pat Newcomb has stayed over.

10.00am  Larry Schiller calls to the house to discuss Marilyn’s nude photos from the set of “Something’s Got To Give” appearing in Playboy magazine.
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Unreliable Witnesses / Discredited Sources

Unreliable Witness / Discredited Sources

Frank Capell

Frank Capell was a right wing, anti-communist writer, who was one of the first people to specualte about Marilyn and the Kennedys.  Two things Capell hated were communists and the Kennedys, and he thought the two were interlinked. In 1964, Capell wrote a book called “The Strange Death of Marilyn Monroe” – it was more of a booklet with just 70 pages – and in it he condemns Marilyn as a communist who got what she had coming.  Capell accuses everyone connected with Marilyn of being a communist too, but holds a special vitirol for Robert Kennedy, who, he claims was responsible for Marilyns death. Add to that the fact that he played a large part in helping to write Robert Slatzer’s book and was indicted for libel along with Jack Clemmons and I think you have enough to discredit him right there.
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Truth or Myth

Truth or Myth

There has been much speculation over the years that Marilyn had an affair with JFK and his brother, Robert Kennedy. Here, we’ll break down the reasons why this is likely or proven untrue.

Rumour:   Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy engaged in a long-standing affair/had a child together/Marilyn thought JFK would leave Jackie Kennedy and she would become First Lady of USA.
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