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Marilyn Monroe Letter About Being a Newlywed Housewife

Marilyn Monroe: Movie Star, Blonde Bombshell, Housewife?

Before Marilyn Monroe was a blonde bombshell married to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, she was Norma Jeane Mortenson, a 16-year-old housewife married to policeman James Dougherty. It's difficult to imagine the icon as a teen newlywed in the kitchen, but a letter that recently sold at auction for $52,460 reveals some tidbits about her life before the fame, scandals, and her premature death. Read some of what she wrote in this letter to her foster mother, Grace Goddard.

On wifely duties: "He really keeps me busy cleaning the house and fixing meals, everybody told me that it is quite a responsibility being a house wife, and boy, I'm finding it out. But it really is a lot of fun."

On her husband: "Jimmy is so swell to me, in fact I know that if I had waited 5 or 10 years I couldn't have found anyone who would have treated me better. I just think the world of him and we get along so nicely. He is just so sweet about every little thing."

What do you think of the picture of Marilyn Monroe as a housewife?

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rachie116 rachie116 6 years
it sounds as if she had a great relationship with her first husband and possibly never found that same connection again. it could be a reason why she had been married so many times. fame and fortune can be a blessing and a curse.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Surprising. Like when I first learned that JFK was married before Jackie.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Everyone has this romanticised idea of her and its a little creepy.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I don't know a whole lot about Marilyn Monroe's life, but she always seemed vulnerable to me even as a movie star and sex symbol (maybe it was her death or maybe the 'dumb blonde' image), so unassuming housewife pre-Hollywood doesn't surprise me.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I find this very, very sad.
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