Who were Marilyn Monroe's parents?

THE IDENTITY of Marilyn Monroe's father has been revealed for the first time in an upcoming documentary.

Monroe grew up with her mother and an absent father who left before the star's mother gave birth to her.

Who were Marilyn Monroe's parents?

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Baker, grew up with her mom, Gladys, and an absent father who she claimed to be Charles Stanley Gifford.

Gladys Baker

Gladys Baker was working at a Hollywood film-developing company when she met the man who Monroe later claimed to be her father.

Although they were never married, they had an affair and Monroe was born the following year.

Baker reportedly never reached out to Monroe's father, nor did she ask for money from him to support them.


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However, although her mother never openly admitted who her daughter's father was, Monroe said Baker had shown her a photo of a man in a golden frame and would say, "This is your father."

Baker was married three times and listed her second husband, Martin Edward Mortensen, as Monroe's father on her birth certificate.

The couple divorced in 1928 after only four years of marriage, and Baker raised Monroe until she was seven years old, at which time Baker's mental health began to deteriorate.

She was placed in a psychiatric hospital shortly after she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and remained in the institution until 1984 when she died.

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Charles Stanley Gifford 

Charles Stanley Gifford, Marilyn's rumored father

Monroe claimed her father was Charles Stanley Gifford, although while she was alive, she wasn't able to prove it.

She grew up with her mother, Gladys, but had never met her father who reportedly disappeared shortly before she was born.

Gifford denied Monroe's claims until the day he died, although she claimed she attempted to contact him on several occasions.

The Daily Mail reported that Monroe's friend Sidney Skolsky said Monroe visited Gifford for the second time in 1950.

When Monroe returned to the car where Skolsky was waiting, she called Gifford a "son of a bitch, who'd told her: 'Listen, Marilyn, I'm married, I have children. I don't want you to start any trouble for me.'"

Monroe attempted to contact Gifford several more times in person and by phone but each time he told her to leave him alone.

Natasha Lytess was an acting coach and mutual friend of Monroe and Skolsky, and she said Monroe had taken her on a similar trip to call Gifford.

Lytess said she overheard Gifford tell Monroe on the phone, "Look, I'm married and I have a family. I don't have anything to say to you. Call my lawyer," before hanging up the phone.

Lytess added, "It did her no good. It broke her heart."

Although Gifford claimed he had no relation to Monroe, a recent documentary titled, Marilyn, Her Final Secret, reveals the truth about who her father was.

Was Charles Stanley Gifford Marilyn Monroe's father?

The documentary Marilyn, Her Final Secret is scheduled to air in June 2022 and takes a look into the forensic evidence to definitively prove Monroe had been telling the truth.

A forensics team used a lock of Monroe's hair that was still kept at the coroner's office after her death to prove Gifford was her father.

However, finding DNA from her hair proved difficult because Monroe, who was a natural brunette, had bleached her hair so often that it had removed the majority of her DNA.

But forensic scientists were able to extract enough DNA to link her to Gifford, proving once and for all that Monroe's claims were true.

Although he had long since passed away, the forensic team located Gifford's 75-year-old granddaughter, Francine Gifford Deir.

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She agreed to provide a hair sample that was a match to the DNA found in Monroe's hair.

The director and producer of the documentary, Francois Pomès, told Variety, "The thing that touched me the most was seeing the reaction of Gifford’s family who were overwhelmed by this irrefutable evidence."

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