Did Marilyn Monroe ever get pregnant or have children?

While audiences like to think they know everything about Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe’s short, sparkling life and untimely death, many of the most basic facts are still shrouded in mystery or overlooked. Even her legal name, Norma Jeane, is often forgotten.

And the new Netflix movie, Blond, with Ana de Armas, is no different, putting the star back in the national spotlight. The fiction film, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, reinvents Marilyn’s rise to fame, as well as her real and fictional relationships with the men in her life. After her untimely death, people are still curious to know more about her legacy, and more specifically, if she had any children.

If the film tells about Marilyn’s multiple pregnancies, it doesn’t tell the whole story. So here’s everything you need to know about Marilyn’s personal life, her pregnancies, and what she left behind.

Does Marilyn have children?

No. Although Marilyn was married three times (first to James Dougherty, followed by baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller), she had no children until her death in 1962.

However, she really wanted to have a family and had several documented pregnancies.

Marilyn Monroe was a babysitter before becoming famous.

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Meanwhile, Blond shows Marilyn having a miscarriage and aborting a pregnancy, and at one point, Marilyn talks to the unborn fetus inside her, by Weekly entertainment. But many of these cinematic moments don’t reflect actual events, leaving viewers to wonder about the truth behind Marilyn’s pregnancies.

How many times was Marilyn Monroe pregnant?

During her marriage to Arthur Miller, which took place from 1956 to 1961, she was pregnant three times, according to the 2022 Netflix documentary, The Marilyn Monroe Mystery: Unreleased Tapesby yahoo. She miscarried each time.

  • 1956: Marilyn’s first known pregnancy ends in a miscarriage.
  • 1957: Marilyn becomes pregnant again, but the pregnancy is ectopic, which means that the fertilized egg attaches itself outside the uterus and cannot survive, according to the Mayo Clinic. Marilyn loses the pregnancy again.
  • 1958: Marilyn is pregnant for a third time during filming Some like it hot but miscarried in December.

During Marilyn’s third pregnancy, the Some like it hot the director observed that Marilyn was not herself during the shooting. In a recording of the Netflix documentary, director Billy Wilder told reporter Anthony Summers that Marilyn had trouble shooting the film.

“I had no issues with Monroe. Monroe had issues with Monroe. She had issues with herself,” Wilder said in the audio recording.

Has she ever had an abortion?

The film Blond suggests that Marilyn had an abortion during one of her love affairs. But there is no evidence to suggest she ever had an abortion, despite multiple miscarriages.

“Any discussion of pregnancy termination is speculation on our part,” said Michelle Vogel, author of Marilyn Monroe: her films, her life, has explained. “Marilyn loved children and she was desperate to be a mother. Unfortunately, she never carried a baby to term”, by USA today.

Still, that hasn’t stopped people from drawing their own conclusions. In his book, Marilyn: Norma JeaneGloria Steinem speculated on Marilyn’s reproductive decisions, writing, “One can imagine her sacrificing contraception and her own safety for the spontaneity, magic, and sexual gratification of the man she was with.”

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It is believed that Marilyn suffered from endometriosis.

This detail about Marilyn’s health is often overlooked, but Marilyn is often included in lists of celebrities who have battled endometriosis, a gynecological disease which, according to the Mayo Clinic, causes the cells that line the inside of the skin to grow. uterus outside the womb.

The star is believed to have experienced debilitating pain and fertility issues due to her endometriosis.

Specifically, the condition may have contributed to her multiple miscarriages. “His fertility issues have long been attributed to endometriosis,” Vogel said, per USA today. “It was widely misunderstood at the time, so it often went unaddressed. Monroe’s well-known use of pills and alcohol was likely self-medication to deal with this medical condition, as well as countless other aspects of his complicated life.”

A 2008 article published by the National Library of Medicine suggests that Marilyn struggled with endometriosis at a time “before effective conservative surgery or effective medical therapies”, which “led to a progressively increasing use of strong painkillers , tranquilizers and hypnotics”.

Marilyn died at the age of 36 from an overdose of barbiturates, leaving no children.

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