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60 years ago today, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Jan 14, 2014 in Entertainment
Sixty years ago on Jan. 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage lasted nine months and ended with Monroe citing “mental cruelty.”
But the "Yankee Clipper's" love for Marilyn was an undying one, and he proposed to her again. Unfortunately, the second time never came around, because Marilyn died on Aug. 5, 1962.
Although Joe had other relationships after his lady love passed away, he never married again.
When she was found dead, he arranged a private funeral, snubbing many of Hollywood’s elite, who he blamed for killing her.
He sent a dozen red roses to her crypt, three times a week, for 20 years.
Theirs was a great American love story, commencing in 1952, with an arranged dinner date. Marilyn was not yet a Hollywood star, but an up and coming actress, then commonly referred to as a “starlet” in Tinseltown.
An 18-month courtship culminated in a civil ceremony at a San Francisco city hall, and the media called their union the “Wedding of the Century.” This was marriage number two for both Marilyn and Joe.
Age difference may have factored into the demise of the Monroe-DiMaggio marriage, as she was 27 and he was 39. There was also a conflict over Joe's low-key, quiet life and Marilyn's career.
She once performed before 10,000 troops in Korea and excitedly said to Joe, “You never heard such cheering!” and he responded, “Yes, I have.”
The couple divorced and the movie star moved on to marriage partner number 3, playwright Arthur Miller, but that marriage was a dismal failure.
During Marilyn’s final days which were filled with psychiatric visits, sorrow over exploitation by the Kennedy brothers, and termination from a final movie project, “Something’s Got to Give,” she called Joe who had remained a dependable friend throughout and beyond her marriage to Miller.
Talk of remarriage ensued, and who knows what could have happened?
Upon learning of her death, Joe sobbed, “I love you, I love you.” Later he referred to Marilyn as a “warm hearted girl that those people in Hollywood took advantage of.”
Joe’s last words, according to Morris Engelberg, his lawyer and confidante were, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”
Sounds like true love.
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