One of the most famous film stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1 1926) continues to fascinate and enthral the modern world even though her death, reportedly by suicide, occurred way back in 1962.
Her reputation as the ultimate dumb blonde has been generally debunked as she was in fact intelligent, sensitive and a highly competent actress. She experienced numerous personal problems however, including substance abuse, depression and anxiety. As well as her three failed marriages Monroe had several affairs, and was even reputed to have had romantic relationships with both President John Kennedy and his brother Bobby in the early 1960’s.
However it was Monroe’s death that has generated the most controversy. The official reason for death was given as “probable suicide”, but this has been widely doubted with many alternative theories emerging. One of the more credible of these is outlined in the recently released feature documentary “Marilyn Monroe Declassified” by film maker Paul Davids that draws on recently released FBI and CIA documents to provide the background information.
The documentary paints a dark picture of continuous Government surveillance following her marriage to “leftie” playwright Arthur Miller in 1956 and then continues through her association with some of the most powerful men of her time. This led to her gradual entrapment in a situation that involved the FBI, CIA, the Mafia, and the top levels of the Kennedy Administration. It was a situation that was way out of her depth.
All the items unearthed, including contemporary news footage and archival interviews, provide evidence that suggests Monroe may well have been murdered, and while this is not a novel idea, the supporting evidence appears to be credible. “Marilyn Monroe Declassified” turns a spotlight onto that long ago era when dark forces lurked behind the upper echelons of the United States government.
Image: One of the most famous portraits of Marilyn Monroe taken in 1954 during the filming of “The Seven Year Itch”