August 17, 2005
Last living Marilyn Monroe husband dies in Calif
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - James Dougherty, the first and
last surviving husband of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, has
died in California, a relative said on Wednesday.
Dougherty, 84, a retired Los Angeles detective and former
local politician in Maine, died on Monday in San Rafael,
California, north of San Francisco, his stepdaughter Annie
Woods said by telephone.
Dougherty married 16-year-old Norma Jeane Baker in 1942,
midway through World War II. His mother was good friends with
Baker's foster mother.
During their four-year union, Dougherty joined the Merchant
Marine and eventually went to China. Baker -- who had her
picture taken by a military photographer while she was working
on a military assembly line -- set her sights on Hollywood and
changed her name. Monroe died in 1962.
Dougherty had a 25-year career at the Los Angeles Police
Department and moved to Arizona after his retirement in 1974.
He later settled in Maine, where he was a county commissioner
and taught at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
In 1997, he co-wrote a book titled "To Norma Jeane with
Love, Jimmie." He was also the subject of a documentary last
year, "Marilyn's Man."
Dougherty had three children with his second wife. His
third wife died in 2003 after 32 years of marriage, according
to his Web site.
Monroe married three times during her life. Her spouses
were Dougherty, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, who died in 1999,
and playwright Arthur Miller, who died earlier this year.