Tapes said to reveal Marilyn Monroe’s secrets
By Steve Gorman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Marilyn Monroe fretted over a
relationship with then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy AND
had a one-night stand with actress Joan Crawford that left her
Monroe also thought sex with former spouse and playwright
Arthur Miller was just “so-so” and maintained a deep affection
for ex-husband Joe DiMaggio. But she credited her psychiatrist
with teaching her how to achieve orgasm.
The Los Angeles Times revealed a few glimpses into Monroe’s
mind on Friday in excerpts of tape recordings the sex symbol
and actress is said to have secretly made for her psychiatrist
in the days before she died at the age of 36 in 1962.
The Times said it obtained a written record of the tapes
from the only person still alive who claims to have heard them
– former prosecutor John Miner, 86, who says the recordings
support his belief Monroe was a victim of foul play.
Miner took “extensive” and “nearly verbatim” notes from the
tapes when they were played for him by Monroe’s therapist, Dr.
Ralph Greenson, now deceased, while Miner was investigating her
Monroe’s body was found on Aug. 5, 1962, in her Los Angeles
home. An autopsy concluded she died of barbiturate poisoning,
and the death was ruled a probable suicide.
Conspiracy theories abounded for decades suggesting Monroe
was murdered. Prosecutors reexamined the case in 1982 but
decided there was insufficient evidence to warrant a new
Miner told the Times he examined the tapes in a bid to
determine Monroe’s state of mind and came away believing the
recordings showed the actress was anything but suicidal.
According to excerpts, Monroe started off the recording –
a kind of self-analysis through free association — by thanking
her doctor for helping her regain “control of myself, control
of my life.”
PRIVATE, SECRET THOUGHTS
“You are the only person who will ever know the most
private, the most secret thoughts of Marilyn Monroe,” she says.
She also credits him for helping her unlock the secret to
orgasm after years of unsatisfying sex, and goes on to dwell on
the shape of her own body, her two famous former husbands, and
her feelings toward such fellow stars as Gable and Frank
Sinatra, whom she called “a wonderful friend.”
At one point, standing naked in front of full-length
neighbors to examine her own body — “My breasts are beginning
to sag. … My waist isn’t bad. My ass is what it should be,
the best there is. … OK, Marilyn, you have it all there.”
Of her sexual liaison with Joan Crawford, Monroe said,
“Next time I saw Crawford, she said she wanted another round. I
told her straight-out I didn’t much enjoy doing it with a
woman. After I turned her down, she became spiteful.”
Although Monroe has long been rumored to have had an affair
with President John F. Kennedy, the tapes bear no evidence of
that, the Times said. They do strongly suggest she and the
president’s brother, Robert, were involved romantically.
“There is no room in my life for him,” she says. “I guess I
don’t have the courage to face up to it and hurt him. I want
someone else to tell him it’s over. I tried to get the
president to do it, but I couldn’t reach him.’
Discussing her failed marriage to DiMaggio, Monroe said,
“We didn’t end our love for each other.” She said the baseball
great needed a “traditional” wife but there was “no way I could
stop being Marilyn Monroe and become someone else.”
By contrast, Monroe’s marriage to Arthur Miller was “my
mistake, not his,” she said. “He couldn’t give me the
attention, warmth and affection I need. It’s not in his nature.
… As bed partners, we were so-so.”
The Times said Miner was allowed to hear the tapes on
condition he never reveal their contents and only broke his
promise years after Greenson’s death when some Monroe
biographers suggested the doctor might be considered a suspect
in her death.
Miner could not be immediately reached for comment.