On this day, 67 years ago in 1954, Marilyn announced her filing for divorce from Joe DiMaggio on the grounds of “mental cruelty.” The press conference was held in front of Marilyn and Joe’s home on North Palm Drive in Beverly Hills- during which she remained by her lawyer’s side- Jerry Giesler.
Although the topic on why Marilyn and Joe divorced is heavily debated, in the book Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words, Marilyn states:
“We rented a lovely cottage in Beverly Hills and settled down to married life. Everything went fine for a while, until Joe started complaining about my working all the time. He even would find little things to upset him after a while. It got so that we didn’t even talk to each other for days. I began living in one part of the house and Joe the other. It was now too much to take. When I did the film The Seven Year Itch, he said my dress-flying scene, my exposing my legs and thighs, even my crotch-that was the last straw.”
The divorce was also hard for Joe. In a letter sent from him to Marilyn, a short period after Marilyn made the divorce announcement, he wrote:
“I love you and want to be with you. … There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me. … My heart split even wider seeing you cry in front of all those people.”
❥ I personally believe that Marilyn and Joe were a right person, wrong time scenario. I think both of them still had more growing and maturing to do before it was time for them to romantically commit to each other in the form that is marriage. (Although, only Marilyn and Joe truly know how they felt and what was right for them; that is just what I think from what I have researched.) However, what I find the most important though, is that they still remained close friends that were there for each other.
Life Magazine at the time wrote:
“Even for Hollywood, where unhappy endings for the real love stories come with almost unseemly haste, this ending seemed abrupt. It was only last January that the press was mobbing the San Francisco city hall, waiting for Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe to emerge as newlywed man and wife. Now the press was gathered again in front of the DiMaggio home in Beverly Hills, waiting for Joe and Marilyn to come out as newly-separated man and wife.
Nobody had been surprised when they got married—they had been going with each other for two years. Nobody doubted their love they had smiled happily through their married life. And almost nobody professed surprised when they broke up. The conflict in their two careers seemed inevitable.”
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