Marilyn Monroe & James Dougherty

James Dougherty and Marilyn Monroe

James Dougherty and Marilyn Monroe  


Marilyn Monroe and James Dougherty were married for 4 years. They dated for 5 months after getting together in Jan 1942 and married on 19th Jun 1942. 4 years later they divorced on 13th Sep 1946.


American Actress Marilyn Monroe passed away on 5th Aug 1962 Brentwood, California, USA aged 36. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1st June, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA and educated at Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA (attended one year, 1941), Marilyn Monroe is most remembered for Niagara, Some Like It Hot, Something's Got To Give in a career that spanned 1945–62. Her zodiac sign is Gemini.

American Military Serviceperson James Dougherty was born James Edward Dougherty on 12th April, 1921 in Texas and passed away on 15th Aug 2005 Marin, California aged 84. He is most remembered for first husband of Marilyn Monroe. His zodiac sign is Aries.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingJan 1942 - 19th Jun 1942 5 months, 19 days
Married19th Jun 1942 - Sep 1946 4 years, 2 months
Total Jan 1942 - Sep 1946 4 years, 8 months

(19 June 1942 - 13 September 1946) (divorced)
Monroe married James Dougherty on June 19, 1942, at the home of Chester Howell in Los Angeles. In The Secret Happiness of Marilyn Monroe and To Norma Jeane with Love, Jimmie, he claimed they were in love, but dreams of stardom lured her away. In 1953, he wrote a piece called "Marilyn Monroe Was My Wife" for Photoplay, in which he claimed that she threatened to jump off the Santa Monica Pier if he left her. In the 2004 documentary Marilyn's Man, Dougherty made three new claims: that he invented the "Marilyn Monroe" persona; studio executives forced her to divorce him; and that he was her true love and her "dedicated friend for life".
Dougherty's actions seem [original research?] to contradict these claims: he remarried months after Monroe divorced him; his sister told the December 1952 Modern Screen Magazine that he left Monroe because she wanted to pursue modeling, after he initially gave her permission to do so; he confirmed Monroe's version of the beginning of their relationship in an A&E Network Monroe documentary that his mother had asked him to marry her so that she would not be returned to an orphanage. On Monroe's death, August 5, 1962, one of the responding officers who knew Jim Dougherty phoned him at 4:00 a.m. with the news. Dougherty turned to his wife and said, "Say a prayer for Norma Jean. She's dead." Most telling, on August 6, The New York Times reported that, on being informed of her death, Dougherty replied "I'm sorry" and continued his LAPD patrol. He did not attend Monroe's funeral.

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Relationship Timeline

13th September, 1946 - Divorce

September, 1946 - Breakup

19th June, 1942 - Marriage

January, 1942 - Hookup

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