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Jan. 14, 1954: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio are all smiles following their wedding in San Francisco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: United Press International

October 1954: Journalists outside the Beverly Hills home of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio before DiMaggio left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 6, 1954: Surrounded by the media, Joe DiMaggio leaves his home and Marilyn Monroe for San Francisco. This photo, cropped to a mugshot, was published in the Oct. 7, 1954, Los Angeles Daily News.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daily News Archive/UCLA

Oct. 6, 1954: Joe Di Maggio while leaving Marilyn Monroe and his home. This photo was published in the Oct. 7, 1954, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Murphy / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 6, 1954: Reporters hound Marilyn Monroe and attorney Jerry Giesler outside of her home after Joe DiMaggio moved out. This photo, cropped to a mugshot of Monroe, was published in the Oct. 7, 1954, Los Angeles Daily News.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daily News Archive/UCLA

Oct. 6, 1954: Marilyn Monroe crying during media gathering outside her home after Joe DiMaggio packed his bags and moved out. Monroe clings to her attorney, Jerry Giesler. This photo was published in the Oct. 7, 1954, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Murphy / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 27, 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe sitting in courtroom with her attorney Jerry Giesler during divorce from Joe DiMaggio. This photo was published in the Oct. 28, 1954, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Oct. 27, 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe, with her attorney Jerry Giesler, at courthouse filing out paperwork for divorce from Joe DiMaggio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Oct. 27, 1954: Actress Marilyn Monroe walks from Santa Monica courthouse with her attorney, Jerry Giesler, left, after divorce from Joe DiMaggio. This photo was published in the Oct. 28, 1954 L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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On Jan. 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroe and retired baseball player Joe DiMaggio were married in San Francisco. By Oct. 4, 1954, the marriage was over.

In the Oct. 5, 1954, Los Angeles Times, columnist Hedda Hopper reported Marilyn Monroe decided to divorce Joe DiMaggio. Hopper wrote:

Marilyn Monroe yesterday decided to divorce Joe DiMaggio.

The voluptuous actress instructed her attorney, Jerry Giesler, to file suit today on grounds of mental cruelty.

And then she went back to her “honeymoon house” at 508 N. Palm Drive, Beverly Hills, to talk over the separation with Joe…

Giesler said the couple “talked it over” all day and “reached a pleasant understanding.”

The news media quickly staked out the “honeymoon house.” On Oct. 6, Joe DiMaggio moved out and left for San Francisco. A Los Angeles Times story the next morning reported:

Actress Marilyn Monroe gave up in sobbing collapse yesterday when she tried to return to her workaday world before the cameras after Joe DiMaggio had packed his bags and left their honeymoon home forever.

Marilyn left the quaint two-story house on Palm Drive only 45 minutes after Joe rolled away from the curb in his blue sedan, but two hours later she returned – sent home to bed by her physician.

Her studio, 20th Century-Fox, said the actress had gone to the office of her attorney, Jerry Giesler, then to the office of her doctor and from there telephoned that she couldn’t keep her date for rehearsals.

On Oct. 27, 1954, during a short 10-minute hearing at a Santa Monica courthouse, Marilyn Monroe was granted her divorce from Joe DiMaggio.

2 Comments

  1. October 4, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Marilyn's life should have taught us that glamour and fame rarely bring happiness.

    By: greytv
  2. August 25, 2013, 2:27 am

    Their divorce was well documented by news photographers. Interesting how Ms. Monroe is frequently seen leaning on her divorce attorney for emotional support.

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