A group of correspondence pertaining to Gladys Baker, the mother of Marilyn Monroe

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A group of correspondence pertaining to Gladys Baker, the mother of Marilyn Monroe

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,300
A group of correspondence pertaining to Gladys Baker, the mother of Marilyn Monroe
Autograph Letter Signed ("Grace McKee Goddard"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to, Van Nuys, September 12, 1952, to "Whom It May Concern," on plain paper. Grace Goddard was the best friend of Gladys Baker, Marilyn Monroe's mother, and during their younger years they enjoyed a healthy friendship; however, when Baker began to show signs of mental illness, their relationship changed and Goddard became a caregiver to both Baker and her young daughter, Norma Jeane (née Marilyn Monroe). In this letter, Goddard is clearly at the end of her rope, having spent the last 20 years trying to take care of Baker, and her exhaustion is palpable: "I have always loved her and her child, but I have a very bad heart condition brought on by a stroke caused by Gladys in Feb 1950. I have tried too many years to help her and I can no longer have her in my home." WITH: 6 pp of mimeographed letters from Goddard, 2 receipts, and 2 typed letters that date back to 1935 and tell the story of Goddard's constant concern for and upkeep of Baker. Through detailed correspondence with the Santa Monica Rest Home, a potential caregiver–even the IRS–she reveals the emotional and physical agony she experienced to help her friend. Throughout the letters, there is always the upmost concern for little Norma Jeane, the child in the middle of the storm. Accompanied by an empty envelope addressed to Norma Jeane from Grace's daughter, Bebe Goddard, and a document signed by Grace and Doc Goddard regarding someone borrowing their furniture.
8.5 x 11 in.
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A group of correspondence pertaining to Gladys Baker, the mother of Marilyn Monroe
A group of correspondence pertaining to Gladys Baker, the mother of Marilyn Monroe
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