Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s Relationship and Reason for Their Divorce

The woman, America is obsessed with— Marilyn Monroe had quite a scandalous life. Recently, Netflix’s Blonde hit the screens and has been the talk of the town lately.

The biopic on Netflix delves into the glamorous yet whirlwind of a career of the Hollywood icon. Monroe married thrice and divorced each one of them.

Although her relationship with her third and last husband —Arthur Miller grabbed a lot of eyeballs. It was a noteworthy marriage but unfortunately, lead to divorce.

Know the lesser-known reasons for their divorce.


How Many Times Marilyn Monroe Was Married?

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress who brought a sexual revolution in the film industry. She went on to become a spellbinding sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s.

She was a hopeless romantic and desired a happy marriage love life for herself. However, all of her marriages ended in divorce.

Marilyn Monroe was married three times- James Dougherty (1942-1946), Joe DiMaggio (1954-1955), and Arthur Miller (1956-1961).

Marilyn Monroe
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Who Was The Third Husband— Arthur Miller?

Arthur Miller was a highly acclaimed American essayist and playwright famous for his play- All my sons and many others. He was Monroe’s final husband as well.

The couple’s first encounter was in the 1950s and grew more serious in 1955. Both were still wedded to their respective spouses. But later, they separated from them and got married to each other on 29th June 1956.

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe’s pair was regarded as unsuited and a mismatch. As Monroe was a symbol of glam and glitz while Miller was a writer with an intellectual caliber.

The couple was an Hourglass and the Egghead. Everything was fine and dandy in the early years of their marriage life but went down later. What is the reason that turned their marital bliss into blemishes?

Reason For Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller Divorce

It all started with the shooting of the film- ‘Misfits’. They had a lot of contradictory opinions regarding the script of the film.

The movie story was borrowed from a short story based on Arthur Miller’s works. Hence, he wanted to do things in his own way.


The role was a serious character that would have helped in establishing Marilyn Monroe as a committed actress. As slightly different from her image as an emblem of a female sex symbol.

Therefore, the script had to go through various revisions. There were various complications and disagreements arising which eventually landed them in a divorce procedure.

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller filed for a divorce and chose a date of 20th January 1961 for finalization. This is the whole ending saga of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller’s relationship.


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