Glamorous actress Marilyn Monroe is known as one of the biggest movie stars and cultural icons of the 20th century. But while she gained popularity and made money, she struggled with a troubled private life. She was plagued by substance abuse, depression, failed marriages, and babies lost to miscarriages. Unfortunately, the star met an untimely death in 1962.
Marilyn Monroe married her first husband, James Dougherty, when she was just 16 years old and Dougherty was 21 years old. She was staying with her mother’s friend and her husband (Grace and Doc Goddard) at the time. But when the Goddards decided to move to West Virginia, Monroe was faced with having to return to the orphanage. Grace gave Monroe an ultimatum: She could either marry Dougherty or go back to the orphanage. Monroe chose to marry Doughtery. Their marriage lasted four years before coming to an end in 1946.
Monroe would marry baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in 1954, making this her second marriage. However, the marriage was short-lived with it ending after only nine months. When Monroe publicly announced that she was seeking a divorce from DiMaggio, her reasoning was mental cruelty. However, Monroe had previously described DiMaggio as controlling, jealous, and physically abusive.
Her last marriage was to playwright Arthur Miller. They began dating in 1955 after being introduced to each other by director Elia Kazan, even though he was married. They would later get married in 1956 and then get divorced five years later. Since Monroe was married three times, one might wonder if kids came out of any of the marriages. Fortunately, we have the answer and shared it below.
Did Marilyn Monroe have any children?
No, Marilyn Monroe did not have any kids before her death. However, she did want to start a family of her own. Monroe had been pregnant at least three times with her last husband but suffered miscarriages.
According to the Netflix documentary Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes, Monroe had her first miscarriage in 1956. She conceived again in 1957, but had an ectopic pregnancy. The third and last time she became pregnant was in 1958, but she lost the baby once again to a miscarriage.
Monroe is believed to have suffered from endometriosis, which could’ve been why she couldn’t carry a baby to full term. Endometriosis is described by Mayo Clinic as a “disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of a uterus grows outside a uterus.” This disorder can cause fertility problems. After the miscarriages, Monroe never went on to try to have any more kids.