It’s been more than 50 years since Marilyn Monroe died in LA but she’s still one of the most famous sex symbols of all time. Marilyn was only 36 at the time of her death, but in that time she became one of the biggest pop culture icons while also loving, and leaving, some pretty iconic (and even dangerous) men.
Marilyn was married three times, two of which were very public. Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio and famous playwright Arthur Miller both convinced the buxom blonde to settle down, but not for long. Her marriages were well-documented but it was the rumors of her torrid affairs that really got people talking. Rumors spread like wildfire of her being involved with two Kennedy brothers, Yves Montand and even a mafia boss. Her love life was legendary.
Marilyn Monroe’s first high-profile marriage was to Joe DiMaggio, a 20th-century baseball god who played for the Yankees. At this time, Joe was retired but he was a living legend. They were barely married a year before divorcing in 1955. Although his time with Marilyn Monroe wasn’t long, he fell head over heels for the woman — his one true love. It wasn’t long after that Marilyn met Arthur Miller and the two wed for five years. According to History Today, it was a problematic marriage after Marilyn Monroe discovered Arthur’s true thoughts about her in a journal he’d written. Eventually those two also divorced and Marilyn never remarried before her death in Los Angeles in 1962. Marilyn Monroe was 36 years old and her death was ruled a suicide.
Check out just a few of Marilyn Monroe’s hottest hookups (and a couple of marriages) below.
Marilyn Monroe married this legendary baseball player in 1954, it was her second marriage. It’s been said that Marilyn was the apple of Joe’s eye, with many even calling her his one and only someone. The relationship got rocky when the player got angry about Marilyn’s infamous white dress scene in The Seven Year Itch. This was the beginning of the end and they divorced 9 months later, according to Vanity Fair. Despite their divorce, Marilyn would always hold a place in joe’s heart.
Marilyn and Arthur Miller were married for five unstable years. He was at the height of his career as a playwright when they wed in 1956, but while they were married he didn’t pen a single play for the stage. In a Vanity Fair from 1991, Arthur calls Marilyn both a “tough character” and a “lost child.” Their relationship was turbulent from the moment they first met, but Arthur was taken by Marilyn the moment he laid eyes on her. It was love at first sight.
Things between Marilyn Monroe and mafia boss Sam Giancana may have been pretty hot and heavy – possibly even deadly. They were rumored to have an affair but that’s not the dangerous part. According to CBS, there are rumors that Marilyn spent her last night alive at Frank Sinatra’s Tahoe house — enjoying the evening with Sam and Frank Sinatra. The blonde beauty’s death was ruled a suicide but since then, tons of conspiracy theories have emerged and several include Sam Giancana, speculating that the crime boss had something to do with her death.
An affair between Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand (the Italian-French main actor in Let’s Make Love) is also highly likely. The actor himself sat down with David Letterman and subtly answered a few Qs about the gorgeous Hollywood icon (even if he did still leave us wondering). “It was what they say, yes,” he playfully tells David before admitting that the two bonded over a real human emotion: fear. “The relationship were very, very, very, very good because she was afraid for shooting .. She was really afraid. I was also afraid because I didn’t speak English,” Yves points out. “Our relationship become a little bit more let’s say tender. What the newspapers put in the newspaper, I think they make a mistake because nobody knows exactly what happened between her and me but her and me.” Fear probably led to a lot of passion between the two.
John F. Kennedy
Marilyn Monroe’s affair with JFK is also one of her hottest and most talked about. It’s rumored that John F. Kennedy pined after Marilyn for some time, trying to arrange a meet up through actor Peter Lawford. Monroe avoided his efforts for a while but eventually JFK got his wish. The two allegedly “hooked up” at Bing Crosby’s house in Palm Springs. It would be a while before they would see each other again, but when they did it was a memorable moment. It was there that Marilyn sang her breathy, sexy version of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK.