|Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on their wedding day|
Both DiMaggio and Monroe had a tumultuous relationship that may have included physical abuse. Had the two met in 1957 instead of 1952, things might have been different. Monroe wanted a movie career desperately and she wasn’t about to give it all up when things were finally going her way. At the end of their marriage, Monroe was in demand by top directors like Billy Wilder who directed her in The Seven Year Itch (1955).
The Second Time Around
After the two divorced, Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in 1956. From all accounts, their union was far from a successful one. After Monroe divorced Miller in 1961, she and DiMaggio became friends and rumors abounded that the two would remarry. Both had changed. DiMaggio had mellowed and dealt with his anger and Monroe was thinking of settling down and having a family. For all his faults, DiMaggio truly loved Monroe. Monroe knew that of all the people in her life, she could always count on DiMaggio. When DiMaggio secured Monroe’s release from the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic on February 10, 1961, rumors of remarriage intensified . At the 33rd Academy Awards, host Bob Hope dedicated the Oscar-nominated song “The Second Time Around” to DiMaggio and Monroe. In August of 1962, it looked as if the two might in fact remarry. But this was not to be. Monroe was found dead on August 5, 1962. She was 36 years old.
|The Yankees retired DiMaggio's Number 5||in 1952.|