A Marilyn Monroe letter from her guardian, Grace Goddard

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A Marilyn Monroe letter from her guardian, Grace Goddard

US$ 1,500 - 2,000£ 1,200 - 1,600
A Marilyn Monroe letter from her guardian, Grace Goddard
Autograph Letter Signed ("Grace, Daddy, and Jody"), 5 pp, 4to, Van Nuys, June 14, 1946, to Norma Jeane Dougherty, on plain paper, with original transmittal envelope. In the summer of 1946, Norma Jeane (née Marilyn Monroe) was establishing residency in Las Vegas in order to obtain her divorce from first husband, James Dougherty, who was stalling on signing the papers. Grace reveals that her aunt, Ana Lower, who was also a loving caregiver to Norma Jeane, is too easy on Dougherty: "I know what a softie [Aunt Ana] is toward any male, old or young, who makes a fuss over her. As for me, Doc [Grace's husband], and all the rest of us, we look at situations through eyes of love for you, justice, and repayment for you being such an angel all your life. You deserve more than Jimmy is capable of giving you." No mention is made of the fact that Dougherty, at the young age of 21, married 16-year-old Norma Jeane so that she wouldn't have to go back to the orphanage. Despite this bit of backbiting, Goddard's letter is loving and caring towards Norma Jeane, a girl who was like a daughter to her whom she had helped to raise since she was born. In closing, she makes a veiled reference to Norma Jeane's relationship with photographer Andre de Dienes and writes, "Of course no one but Doc and me know of your future plans. I am so in hopes you will let your heart rule you this time and not let anything keep you from taking the happiness that is being offered you."
8 x 10 in.
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