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Throughout her career, Marilyn Monroe was almost as famous for her high profile relationships as she was for her on-screen roles. She was lusted after by men across the country, but only a few were able to tie the starlet down. Now, almost six decades since her tragic death, we take a look at the icon's string of marriages in these rare photos.
View Gallery 40 Photos 1942: Marilyn's First Marriage
Marilyn Monroe wed her high school sweetheart, James Dougherty, in 1942. Monroe, then known as Norma Jean Baker, met Dougherty while living with a family friend in Los Angeles, California. The couple married just after her sixteenth birthday, after dating for a few months.
1943: Newlywed Bliss
Dougherty, who was 20 years old at the time, initially married Monroe to prevent her from going back into the foster care system as her mother, Gladys, was in and out of psychiatric facilities. After their wedding, the young couple honeymooned on a lake in Ventura County and moved into an apartment in Sherman Oaks.
1944: Moving to Catalina
In 1944 Dougherty, who had joined the Merchant Marines, was assigned to the base on Catalina Island. The newlyweds moved to the island in California where Monroe "was just a housewife," Dougherty told United Press International. The couple would divorce in 1946, while Dougherty was serving overseas and Monroe began pursuing a career in Hollywood.
1954: Marilyn Marries Again
In 1954 Monroe, now a highly paid actress and certified sex symbol, said 'I do’ once again—this time at San Francisco's City Hall to professional baseball player, Joe DiMaggio.
1954: Sealed With a Kiss
Monroe and DiMaggio share a kiss in the judge's chambers on their wedding day, January 14, 1954.
1954: The Second Time Around
After first meeting on a double date, Monroe and DiMaggio dated for two years before tying the knot. Both of them had been divorced previously—DiMaggio's first wife, Dorothy Arnold, filed divorce papers in 1943 citing "cruel indifference" for the reason of separation.
1954: Honeymooning in Japan
Monroe and DiMaggio at the airport on their honeymoon. The couple traveled to Japan, which they coordinated with a prearranged work trip for DiMaggio.
1954: Rocky Start
Monroe wrote in her biography that she was hesitant to meet DiMaggio, because she thought the retired baseball legend would be too egotistical. But after she did, the two embarked on a tumultuous, yet loving relationship.
1954: A Glamorous Couple
Following their union, both of their careers flourished. Monroe's film career was taking off, having just starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, whileDiMaggio was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
1954: A Bicoastal Marriage
The newly-married couple briefly rented a home in the Hollywood Hills, as Monroe was based there for work. But they also enjoyed as much time as they could in New York City, where DiMaggio was adored. Here the couple is seen enjoying an evening at El Morocco in New York City.
1954: Movie Star Monroe
Monroe's career became hotter than ever during her marriage with DiMaggio. She starred in her most acclaimed film, The Seven Year Itch,during this time, and it was also during this time period that her iconic subway grate photo was captured.
1954: DiMaggio Visits Monroe on Set
In 1954, DiMaggio visited Monroe on the set of River of No Return in Canada, as seen here.
1954: A Crumbling Marriage
Although the two were very much in love, DiMaggio could be very controlling. He was apparently extremely opinionated about Monroe's career and did not like the sexy image his wife so often portrayed.
1954: Divorced After Less Than a Year
Only 274 days after their wedding, Monroe announced her divorce from DiMaggio. The starlet cited "mental cruelty" as her reason for filing.
1954: Jealous Joe
After his divorce with Monroe, DiMaggio had a difficult time moving on. In a scandal that has now become known as the "Wrong Door Raid," DiMaggio faced consequences when he wrongfully kicked in the door to a house that he thought Monroe was inside with another man.
1954: Friendly Exes
Monroe and DiMaggio remained friends; she visited him in Tampa in 1961 while he was coaching at Yankees spring training. After Monroe died in 1962, DiMaggio sent flowers to her grave site every week until the day he died in 1999.
1956: Marilyn Makes an Announcement
The starlet held a press conference in 1956 to announce her plans to marry playwright, Arthur Miller. The two had carried out a fairly public affair since her divorce from DiMaggio—with Miller having to move to Reno, Nevada to establish residency in order to divorce his first wife.
1956: Monroe Marries Miller
A year after her divorce from DiMaggio, Monroe wed Miller. The couple were married in a small ceremony on June 29, 1956 at the home of Miller's agent in Westchester, New York.
1956: Third Time's a Charm
Monroe and Miller first met on the set of As Young As You Feel in 1951 and remained friends until the dissolution of Monroe and DiMaggio's marriage, resulting in Miller leaving his wife Mary Slattery for the blonde bombshell.
1956: A Peculiar Match
The media and public alike were shocked by the union of Hollywood's biggest sex symbol and the pensive intellectual.
1956: First Days as Husband and Wife
Monroe and Miller spent the first part of their honeymoon on Miller's farm in Roxbury, Connecticut, where they were photographed enjoying a picnic and taking drives through the country.
1956: A Kiss for the Cameras
Monroe and Miller are seen departing New York City for their honeymoon in England. The couple share a kiss in front of the cameras, although reporters noted that Monroe was more reserved, only kissing Miller after he told her it was alright.
1956: An Idyllic Honeymoon
The newlyweds rented out Englefield Green in 1956, which they stayed at in the countryside during part of their honeymoon while Monroe began work filming The Prince and the Showgirl.
1956: Living in London
The newlywed couple spent the first few months of their marriage in the United Kingdom. Here, the two of them are photographed on rented bikes in Windsor Park.
1956: The Happy Couple
Monroe and Miller attend an event in London at Leicester Square in 1956.
1956: Miller Faces Trial
On June 21, 1956, Miller was called to testify in Washington D.C. in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee for questioning about his ties to Communist Party meetings. During the McCarthy era, many successful writers, actors, and filmmakers in Hollywood saw their careers vanish from such testimonies, but Monroe remained loyal and supportive of her husband through the trials.
1956: Stronger Than Ever
Ultimately, Miller received a citation of contempt from the HUAC committee, but the typical backlash from the public didn't follow for Miller, which can largely be credited to the affection the public had for his wife.
1956: A Quiet Life Together
Although both Miller and Monroe had a significant amount of fame, the couple was able to lead a surprisingly private life on Miller's farm in Roxbury, Connecticut.
1956: A Source of Stress
Throughout their five year marriage, Monroe suffered multiple miscarriages. The actress' fertility issues and her inability to conceive put a great deal of stress on her relationship with Miller.
1956: Opposites Attract
In an interview in 1987, Miller reflected on his vastly different wife, saying that, "The inappropriateness of our being together, was to me a sign that it was appropriate."
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