Marilyn’s marriage to Joe DiMaggio and its long aftermath is one of the most fabled, and frequently misunderstood aspects of her life (and his, of course.) Some fans see them as star-crossed lovers, while others believe their relationship was marred by jealousy and abuse. In recent times, Irish Marilyn Monroe Fan Club and Perfectly Marilyn Monroe have offered thoughtful takes on this complex subject.
“Monroe and DiMaggio. For some, it was a soulmate romance ending in tragedy, for others a toxic union. The truth? Most likely an extremely complex relationship of which the intimate details have now been taken to both graves, 36 years apart. The fascination surrounding the connection between two seemingly opposite individuals however remains.
Hopefully, this slightly unconventional retrospective is befitting to this peculiar couple and covers the many aspects of one of the most private relationships of the two most public figures of their time.
Note on sources: To preserve their voice, the correspondence, quotes and notes from Joe and Marilyn themselves have been given priority. Wherever possible quotes and documents used for this article have been limited to direct sources (i.e. people who knew Joe and/or Marilyn) to avoid issues linked to hearsay and author bias as much as possible.”