After the release of “Blonde,” audiences became more captivated than ever by the story of Marilyn Monroe. His tragic passing at the age of 36 left many questions, including whether his death was truly a suicide. However, perhaps the biggest question that lingered in his wake was what had happened to his fortune.
Although she was married several times, including once to Joe DiMaggio, Monroe did not leave her money to any of her three husbands. According to Grunge, the actor wrote his last will shortly before divorcing his third husband, playwright Arthur Miller. In her will, she established a trust to care for her schizophrenic mother, Gladys Baker. After that, Monroe left $10,000 to her half-sister, Berniece Baker Miracle (via The New York Times). Other monetary gifts were given to his secretary, May Reis, and his friends, Norman and Hedda Rosten, the latter being for their daughter’s education.
Interestingly, the majority of Monroe’s assets went to her interim coach, Lee Strasberg. Decades later, his decision to leave his estate to Strasberg forever changed the course of his legacy.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).