Many of the most fundamental truths concerning Marilyn Monroe’s brief but brilliant life and tragic death remain unknown or undocumented, despite the fact that the public likes to believe they know everything there is to know about the Hollywood star. The fact that her legal name was Norma Jeane is often overlooked.
Blonde, a new Netflix film starring Ana de Armas, has helped to reintroduce her to American audiences. The film, based on a novel by Joyce Carol Oates, reimagines Marilyn’s rise to stardom and her fictional and real-life relationships with the men in her life.
People are still interested in learning more about her legacy and, in particular, if she had any children after her untimely passing. It is true that the movie touches on Marilyn’s several pregnancies, but it does not provide a comprehensive account. In that case, here is all you wanted to know about Marilyn’s private life, pregnancies, and legacy.
Does Marilyn have any children?
No, Marilyn did not have any children before her death in 1962 despite being married three times (to James Dougherty, baseball star Joe DiMaggio, and playwright Arthur Miller). But she desperately wanted children and went through several pregnancies.
How many times was Marilyn Monroe pregnant?
Based on Yahoo!, the 2022 Netflix documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes claims that Monroe was pregnant three times during her marriage to Arthur Miller (1956–1961). She had repeated miscarriages.
In 1956, Marilyn experienced a miscarriage, her first and only known pregnancy. As the Mayo Clinic explains, Marilyn conceived again in 1957, but this time the pregnancy was ectopic because the fertilized egg was implanted outside of the uterus.
Again, Marilyn’s pregnancy ends in failure. While filming Some Like It Hot in 1958, Marilyn becomes pregnant for the third time, only to have the pregnancy end in miscarriage in December.
Some Like It Hot director Stanley Kramer noticed that Marilyn was not herself on set during Marilyn’s third pregnancy. The documentary on Netflix includes an audio clip in which Billy Wilder tells journalist Anthony Summers that shooting the picture was challenging for Marilyn.
“Monroe and I got along fine. It was a difficulty between Monroe and Monroe. Wilder is heard saying, “She had issues with herself.”
Was there ever a time when she went through with an abortion?
After rumors of an affair with President John F. Kennedy began to circulate, the film Blonde posits that Marilyn had an abortion. In spite of having many losses, there is no indication that she had an abortion. Even yet, that has not stopped anyone from making assumptions.
Gloria Steinem wrote in Marilyn: Norma Jeane that one “can imagine her sacrificing contraception and her own safety to spontaneity, magic, and the sexual satisfaction of the man she was with,” speculating on Marilyn’s reproductive choices.
Endometriosis was likely a problem for Marilyn
Endometriosis is a gynecological disorder that causes the cells lining the interior of the uterus to develop outside of the uterus. Marilyn is frequently included in lists of celebrities who struggled with this. It is speculated that her endometriosis caused the star’s infertility and severe discomfort.
Marilyn had endometriosis “before effective conservative surgery or effective medical therapies,” according to research published by the National Library of Medicine in 2008. This “led to progressively increasing use of strong analgesics, tranquilizers, and hypnotics,” the authors write.
Marilyn was only 36 when she died of a barbiturate overdose and was a childless widow.