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Marilyn Monroe

Old School Gossip: Marilyn, JFK, and Jackie

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Marilyn Monroe is known for a lot of things, and having an affair with president John F. Kennedy is one of them. Some even believe it had something to do with her death. Despite this rumored love triangle between JFK, Jackie Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe happening in 1961/’62, it’s still generating press.

The new book, These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie, by Christopher Andersen, has some juicy details. From Daily Mail:

Marilyn Monroe called Jackie Kennedy at the White House and confessed she was having an affair with her husband, to which the First Lady responded ‘that’s great… I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems,’ according to [the] book.

…author Christopher Andersen claims Jackie ‘knew everything’ about Jack’s cheating and turned a blind eye, but his relationship with Marilyn ‘seemed to bother her the most.’

Marilyn, who long grappled with psychiatric and emotional problems as well as drugs and alcohol, was convinced JFK was about to leave Jackie for her, her friend Jeanne Carmen reportedly revealed. ‘Can’t you just see me,’ she asked Carmen, ‘as first lady?’

According to excerpts of the book, published by The New York Post today, Peter Lawford claimed Marilyn called Jackie and told her she was sleeping with Jack, and that he’d allegedly promised to leave his family for her.

‘Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack, that’s great,’ Jackie responded, according to the account. ‘And you’ll move into the White House and you’ll assume the responsibilities of first lady, and I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems.’

Yeah, I don’t know if I believe Peter Lawford’s story, but I’m down with the rest.

The book also goes into JFK’s dependence on drugs, prescribed by his questionable doctor, Max Jacobson, for issues like his bad back.

If I had money, I’d buy the book. Oh, I just remembered that libraries exist. They scare me (it’s the quiet) but maybe I’ll go in there for this. Probably not, the head librarian is a real jerk.

Old School Gossip: Marilyn Monroe Hit With “Mystery Illness” Year Before She Died

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I found this article on Marilyn Monroe in Google’s newspaper archives, so this dates way back from to 1961. Apparently a year and a half before Ms. Monroe died, she suffered from a “mystery illness.” Could it have anything to do with her still suspicious death? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate.

On February 9 of 1961, Marilyn Monroe was admitted into New York Hospital for “an illness of undetermined origin” after a near collapse. A doctor said that her condition was “satisfactory.” Those were the only details given.

The article also notes that a mere 2 weeks before, Marilyn divorced playwright Arthur Miller. Perhaps her “mystery illness” was stress related? The couple were married for 4 years and Monroe was devastated after their split. Rumor is a possible affair between Monroe and her co-star Yves Montand contributed to their breakup

Fun fact: When checking into hotels or hospitals, Marilyn Monroe liked to use the alias “Faye Miller.”

Old School Gossip: Marilyn Monroe Murder Rumors Return!

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Marilyn Monroe‘s death has been long disputed — was it suicide, accidental, or murder? It’s been a few years now, so new “evidence” of Ms. Monroe’s “murder” was bound to surface, because people will never tire of Monroe gossip, or of making money off her in some way. And now we have some “secret tapes” that just resurfaced, with the source claiming, “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”

I’ve changed my mind over the years, going back and forth from thinking suicide to accident, and then briefly thinking murder because if she swallowed so many pills, how come there wasn’t a glass of water in the room? But that’s a long debate in and of itself, the infamous water glass. (And by the way, if you’re interested in this entire story, you should read The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker.) It’s like her version of Kennedy’s “magic bullet”. And speaking of the Kennedys…

One of the persistent theories/rumors/stories is that the Kennedys were responsible for Marilyn Monroe’s death, because out of everything they had going on at the time, a movie star was definitely the most important thing and at the top of their list to deal with. Apparently, these recently uncovered tapes are recordings of her being murdered, and by Bobby Kennedy. Detective Fred Otash (now deceased) allegedly bugged her home, and his daughter Colleen says she found these tapes and listened to them. From The Daily Mail via MSN:

Colleen uncovered a stash of tapes in a suburban storage unit owned by her father. There, in his notes, Colleen said her father wrote “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”

Otash’s notes claim that on that same day, he heard Monroe screaming while having a violent argument with the Kennedys (The Daily Mail does not state which Kennedys, but it is implied that it was John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy). “She’s in the bedroom and Bobby gets the pillow and he muffles her on the bed to keep the neighbors from hearing. She finally quieted down and then he was looking to get out of there,” the Mail reports Otash as writing.

So yeah, this basically proves nothing and may not even be real, but who doesn’t love a good old school Hollywood mystery? I’m sure next we’ll find tapes of Natalie Wood drowning, with Christopher Walken in the background saying, “Help…someone…someone help the poor girl. I–I am not. Very good…at swimming, I can’t…the swimming, it’s not…it’s not what I. What I do. Is anyone. Out? There?”

Do YOU think Marilyn Monroe was murdered?