A Marilyn Monroe pair of letters from Ana Lower

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A Marilyn Monroe pair of letters from Ana Lower

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,600 - 2,400
A Marilyn Monroe pair of letters from Ana Lower
2 Autograph Letters Signed ("Aunt Ana"), 7 pp recto and verso, 8vo, Los Angeles, January 14, 1942 and July 5, 1946, to Norma Jeane Baker/Dougherty (née Marilyn Monroe), on monogrammed stationery, with original transmittal envelopes. Ana Lower was the aunt of Norma Jeane's guardian, Grace Goddard, and the two had a mutually loving relationship, the most important in young Norma Jeane's life. In her first letter of 1942, Lower responds to 15-year-old Norma Jeane's questions about her shyness: "Be your own sweet self and in time as you have more experience, you'll be able to talk when you want to, and people will really pay attention to what you say because it will be something worthwhile." By 1946, Norma Jeane was obtaining a divorce from her first husband, James Dougherty (whom Lower adored) and was having financial difficulty. She had borrowed money from Lower, who was also allowing Norma Jeane's mother, Gladys Baker, to live with her at the time. Her letter expresses disappointment in Norma Jeane's decisions, quoting the Bible and giving advice. She also mentions that Gladys has been fired from her job at Griffith Park because she was "too melancholy to be around the patients." Lower gently but firmly warns Norma Jeane, "Well, precious, you may feel I am being severe, but it is not so meant. I love you dearly and you must not feel hurt because of this letter." Lower encloses a self-addressed envelope for Norma Jeane to respond (which is still attached to the letter).
6 x 9.5 in.
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