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9 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe's Love Life

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9 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe's Love Life

Everyone knows Marilyn Monroe as the blonde babe from Some Like It Hot and Seven Year Itch. What people don't know are the delicious facts of her love life. Notoriously private despite her immense fame, Monroe kept her cards close.

Monroe is the biggest and greatest sex symbol of Hollywood ever since her debut.

Even though she passed away in 1962, her intense love life is still an inspiration to everyone. She said some of the best things when it comes to living life as an individual and as a woman, and about love.

Her most famous quote is, "I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it."

She inspires people to be who they are, not someone else. She said, "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."

Monroe pushed for people to be their true selves and not let anyone try to change who you are. You can find beauty from within and exude your inner strength as a woman as she did.

Monroe even said, "Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world," and "A wise girl knows her limits; a smart girl knows that she has none."

Monroe was influential in showing women that they are more than what society deemed them to be. She put herself out there and showed women that they are smart too and can be insanely influential in a male-dominated world.

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Monroe said, "A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left."

Monroe was a star that really showed other women that they should not settle and that they are capable of making decisions first before the man does.

She had many romantic relationships in her lifetime.

The first person she married was Jim Dougherty, who she divorced in 1946.

Then she moved on to supposedly have a relationship with Charlie Chaplin, Jr. in 1947. But they allegedly broke up when Charlie Jr. caught Marilyn in bed with his brother Sydney.

Next, she was in a relationship with comedian and TV star Milton Berle in 1948.

Then she allegedly started a relationship with Natasha Lytess, a woman. Monroe grew increasingly dependent on Lytess and Monroe moved into her house when she was getting ready for her role in Don't Bother to Knock.

Lytess was very jealous of Monroe's male friends. Monroe said, "She was a great teacher, but she got really jealous about the men I saw. She thought she was my husband!" They ended up separating in 1956.

She then had relationships with Elia Kazan, The Kennedy Brothers, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller,  Frank Sinatra, and Jerry Lewis.

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But, because we love you, we did some digging. So sit back and enjoy the nine things you didn't know about Marilyn Monroe's love life.

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1. Monroe's first marriage (the one everyone forgets about) was to policeman James Dougherty in 1942.

In 1976, he said, “If I hadn't gone into the Merchant Marines during World War II, she would still be Mrs. Dougherty today."

They drifted apart as her stardom grew.

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2. She and Joe DiMaggio honeymooned in Tokyo after their 1954 marriage, during which she was requested to perform USO shows in Korea, which she did, performing ten shows over four days. 

3. Once the press got wind of Monroe's relationship with playwright Arthur Miller they were titled "The Egghead and The Hourglass."

4. Prior to their marriage, Monroe was pressured by Hollywood executives to leave Miller when he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, but she refused. 

5. Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism after marrying Miller in 1956. They had two ceremonies; a civil one followed by a small Jewish ceremony a few days later. 

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6. Miller wrote a role specifically for Monroe in The Misfits. It was intended as a Valentine's gift, but their marriage was already on the rocks and she is said to have hated the role, despite how well she did in the film. 

7. Monroe nearly remarried DiMaggio, whose devotion to her spanned the rest of his life. He had a half dozen red roses delivered to her grave several times a week for the next twenty years. 

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8. She had two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy across the span of her three marriages. 

9. Not only did she have an affair with President John F. Kennedy, but she was rumored to have had one with his brother Robert as well. 

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Kristen Droesch is a writer, editor, librarian, and filthy olive addict who loves jewelry design and bunnies.