A true Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe is one of the most famous movie stars of all time.
The blonde bombshell was the embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and much is made of her often turbulent life.
Now, streaming giant Netflix has released a revealing documentary in her honor, The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes.
The film focuses on the actress’s untimely death, using archive footage and previously unseen interviews with friends of Monroe.
The documentary also tells Monroe’s life story, including her major romantic relationships.
Following the release of the new documentary, the Daily Star has taken a look at Monroe’s wild love life.
Marriage at 16 American actress, singer, model and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. (Image: Corbis via Getty Images) Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles
Long before she became Marilyn Monroe, the world’s most iconic woman, Norma Jeane Baker, was a teenager who had been in and out of foster care.
His father was never identified and his mother was admitted to hospital due to paranoid schizophrenia.
In 1934, seven-year-old Baker was placed in the ward of the state and her mother’s friend, Grace Goddard, took her in.
A new job opportunity brought the Goddards to West Virginia in 1942, however California state law meant that they could not take their ward out of state.
Baker was given an ultimatum: return to the orphanage or marry a neighbor’s son.
She married 21-year-old factory worker James Dougherty on June 19, 1942, just 18 days after her 16th birthday.
Dougherty joined the Merchant Marine and was stationed overseas, while Baker took a factory job.
Here, a photographer saw her and signed a model contract. Within six months, she had appeared on more than 30 magazine covers.
With a taste for stardom, Baker began to pursue a film career. Little did she know that this would be the end of her relationship with Dougherty.
She signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1946 and adopted the stage name Marilyn Monroe.
The studio insisted that all of its stars were not married, leaving her with no choice but to file for divorce.
Jealous Joe DiMaggio Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio in the courtroom where they were married.
In 1952, Monroe went on a blind date with New York Yankees baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, who was 12 years her senior. The couple married on January 14, 1954.
From the beginning, it was clear that their relationship was challenged.
DiMaggio wanted a stay-at-home wife, but Monroe wanted to expand her career and hoped for a fun and spontaneous husband.
There have been many claims of jealousy on DiMaggio’s part and he apparently wanted Monroe to quit acting altogether.
The marriage broke down after Monroe’s now famous subway grate scene in The Seven Year Itch.
DiMaggio was disgusted by it, and Monroe later said, “Exposing my legs and thighs, even my crotch, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
On October 6, 1954, just nine months after they were married, Monroe tearfully announced to reporters that she intended to divorce DiMaggio for mental cruelty.
Elia Kazan Affair Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait circa 1953 (Image: Michael Ochs Archives)
In 1955, Elia Kazan, one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, admitted to having an affair with Monroe while he was married to playwright Molly Thatcher.
He wrote a letter to his wife in which he offered an intimate view of the matter.
In the letters, Kazan, who was 46 at the time, told his wife that he did not regret sleeping with the 29-year-old actress.
He said, “I’m not ashamed at all, not one bit, that I was attracted to her.
“She was a stray kitten when I met her.
The Joan Crawford Affair Actress Joan Crawford is reported to have had sex with Marilyn Monroe (Image: Mirrorpix)
Monroe admitted to his therapist that he had sex with actress Joan Crawford.
Apparently, the affair didn’t last long, with Monroe saying, “I told him straight up that I didn’t really enjoy doing it with a woman. After I rejected her, she became spiteful ».
Monroe is also believed to have had affairs with other women, including Marlene Dietrich and Natasha Lytess.
However, his attraction to women was apparently put to bed. In his autobiography, she said: “A man who had kissed me once said that it was quite possible that I was a lesbian because apparently, I didn’t respond to men, referring to him.
«I didn’t contradict him because I didn’t know what it was… Now, having fallen in love, I knew what it was. She was not a lesbian ».
Marriage to playwright Marilyn and her third husband Arthur Miller (Image: Getty Images)
Monroe’s longest marriage was to her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller.
The couple met in Los Angeles in 1950 through a mutual friend.
Although Miller was married, he told Monroe how unhappy he was before returning to New York.
The two exchanged letters and in 1955, the pair began an affair.
However, Monroe had become a huge star since they met and they couldn’t keep the press away, meaning their relationship soon became public.
In the spring of 1956, Miller divorced his wife and married Monroe in June of that year.
But the relationship was not a bed of roses.
While filming The Prince and the Showgirl, Monroe found notes that Miller had been making about her.
He admitted to being disappointed in his marriage and sometimes found it embarrassing.
While this was not enough to end their marriage, things did not improve.
Monroe and Miller’s relationship came to a head when they worked together on The Misfits.
Miller was constantly making changes to the script, making it difficult for Monroe to learn her lines, and her ongoing substance abuse made it difficult to get the job done.
They announced divorce plans on November 11, 1960.
Worn by the Kennedys Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy (Image: Bettmann Archive)
For decades, people have speculated about Monroe’s relationship with President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Many of the rumors started after a fundraiser and birthday celebration for the president.
During the event, Monroe performed her famous rendition of Happy Birthday, dressed in a beaded slinky gown.
President Kennedy later said that he could “retire after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me in such a sweet and wholesome way.”
Many biographers agree that the couple spent the night together after a party at Bing Crosby’s house in March 1962.
Monroe’s masseur received a phone call from the actress asking for massage techniques for her back muscles.
He said he heard a Boston accent in the background before Monroe handed the phone to the president.
A letter from Jean Kennedy Smith, the Kennedys’ younger sister, reveals that Monroe was also involved with Senator Kennedy.
The letter said that he understood that the two were a new item and that Monroe should go with him the next time she visited.
Just before she died, Monroe told her close friend Anne Karger that she was in love with the senator and would marry him.
Her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson, also mentioned that she had sex with “extremely important men in government… at the highest level.”
Anthony Summers, who narrates the documentary, suggests that the FBI covered up their relationships.
He said: “I found evidence that the circumstances of her death had been deliberately covered up. To what end remains a mystery.”
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