norma jeane mortenson


“We almost didn’t meet. I’d heard of Joe DiMaggio but I didn’t know much about him. I’ve never followed baseball…I was very tired the night of the date and asked if I could get out of it. But I’d promised. I had visualized him as having slicked back hair, wearing flashy sports clothes; with a New York line of patter…he had no line at all. No jokes. He was shy and reserved but, at the same time, rather warm and, friendly. I noticed that he wasn’t eating the food in front of him, that he was looking at me. Then the next thing I noticed was that I wasn’t tired anymore. Joe asked me to have dinner with him the next night. I had dinner with him that night, the next night, and every night until he had to leave for New York.” – Marilyn Monroe