A Marilyn Monroe pair of letters from her guardian, Grace Goddard

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A Marilyn Monroe pair of letters from her guardian, Grace Goddard

US$ 1,000 - 1,500£ 790 - 1,200
A Marilyn Monroe pair of letters from her guardian, Grace Goddard
2 Autograph Letters Signed ("Grace"), 5 pp recto and verso, 4to, Van Nuys, June 27 to July 5, 1946, to Norma Jeane Dougherty (née Marilyn Monroe), on plain paper, with original transmittal envelopes. In the summer of 1946, Norma Jeane was residing in Las Vegas to obtain her divorce from her first husband, James Dougherty. During this time, she was ill, experienced financial difficulties, and was having problems with her car. Goddard's letter is sympathetic: "I am heartsick over you," but firm when she scolds, "I do wish you had listened to Doc [Goddard's husband] about your car." She also expresses concern that no one is available to administer Christian Science teachings to Norma Jeane during her illness. Additional difficulty arose when Dougherty refused to sign the divorce papers once Norma Jeane was in Las Vegas. Goddard gets a final jab at Dougherty in her closing remarks (even though she arranged their marriage) when she writes, "I never did think Jim would keep his promise to sign the papers."
8.5 x 11 in.
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