Joe DiMaggio Couldn't Stand Being Married To Marilyn Monroe

By | January 10, 2020

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June 2, 1955: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio appear in public, together though estranged. Source: Bettmann/Getty

Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe had the All-American romance that wasn't. It was a marriage between a handsome hero of the baseball diamond and a blonde bombshell who set hearts racing. On paper, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were the perfect pair but when they were together they were like oil and water. DiMaggio’s jealousy over Monroe’s fame and the way other men looked at her fed his insecurity which lead to nine months of horrible fighting and mental anguish. Cracks in their relationship were apparent from the onset, but even though DiMaggio couldn’t stand being married to Monroe he loved her until the day he died.

Marilyn Didn't Want To Meet Joe

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In 1952, Joe DiMaggio started his lifelong obsession with Marilyn Monroe. After seeing her in Monkey Business and Don’t Bother to Knock the slugger reached out to Monroe through a mutual fan. She was less than enthused about going on a date with someone famous for being a playboy, telling a friend:

I don’t care to meet him. I don’t like men in loud clothes, with checkered suits and big muscles and pink ties. I get nervous.

Nervous or not, Monroe went on the date and from then on, the two were inseparable. The press hounded the gorgeous couple in spite of the fact that DiMaggio and Monroe rarely went out in public together. When they married on January 14, 1954, the press showed up in droves for the San Francisco courthouse nuptials.