1961 was a difficult year for Marilyn, spent mostly away from the spotlight. Her divorce from Arthur Miller was followed by a shock admission to a psychiatric ward, although she was quickly transferred to an open hospital for six weeks of rest and recuperation. Then just a few months later she underwent major surgery to remove her gallbladder. While recovering at home in New York, she was joined by half-sister Berniece and former husband Joe DiMaggio. Later that year, she set up home in Los Angeles again and entered negotiations for her next film at Twentieth Century Fox.
There were also more carefree moments for Marilyn in 1961, including a trip to Florida with Joe; the birth of John Clark Gable; an on-off romance with Frank Sinatra; and the company of her Maltese poodle, Maf. Professionally, it was a quiet year for Marilyn. However, The Misfits was released in 1961 and while it earned mixed reviews, over time Marilyn’s performance has been acknowledged as one of her best (although sadly, it would also prove to be her cinematic swansong.) And finally, Marilyn also posed for one of her most memorable photo-shoots in 1961, with Douglas Kirkland for Look magazine.
Thanks to Marco at Marilyn Remembered