Friday, January 19, 2018

Lost Marilyn Monroe files reveal names of Communist friends

FBI files on Marilyn Monroe that could not be located this year have been found and re-issued, revealing the names of some of the movie star's communist-leaning friends who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.

But the records do not contain any new information about Monroe's death 50 years ago. Letters and news clippings included in the files show the bureau was aware of theories she had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe's death at her Los Angeles area home was a suicide.

For years, the files have intrigued investigators, biographers and those who don't believe that conclusion.

Recently obtained by the Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, the updated FBI files do show the extent the agency was monitoring Monroe for ties to communism in the years before her death in August 1962.

The records reveal that some in Monroe's inner circle were concerned about her association with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was disinherited from his wealthy family over his leftist views.

A trip to Mexico in 1962 to shop for furniture brought Monroe in contact with Field, who was living in the country with his wife in self-imposed exile. Informants reported to the FBI that a "mutual infatuation" had developed between Field and Monroe, which caused concern among some in her inner circle, including her therapist, the files state.

For all the focus on Monroe's closeness to suspected communists, the bureau never found any proof she was a member of the party.

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