Who Was Marilyn Monroe’s Father?

Edward Mortenson Stanley Gifford

Marilyn’s paternity remains an issue of debate to this day. The two main candidates are Gladys’ second husband, Edward Mortenson, who was listed as the father on Norma Jeane’s birth certificate, and Stanley Gifford, a co-worker of Gladys’ with whom she apparently had an affair around the time of Norma Jeane’s conception. Several other men have been suggested as candidates, but these two remain the most commonly debated. Marilyn herself believed Gifford to be her father, having been shown a picture of the man as a child by her mother and told “this is your father”. Her attempts to contact Gifford over the years were rebuffed.

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14 thoughts on “Who Was Marilyn Monroe’s Father?”

  1. I don’t think Stanley Gifford was her biological father, neither Edward Mortenson. Her mother perhaps was truly in love with Gifford and wanted Norma Jean to know him as her father OR because of her condition she strongly made believe herself that he was the father. I think Hollywood is comfortable addressing him as the father so nobody would bother to perform the DNA test !

  2. Couldn’t they get her DNA from an old hairbrush? I’m sure they have at least one that has been well preserved, even with the bleach/dye, I believe they can do it from the root.

  3. They would have to exhume both bodies or take some from someone in their family in order to do this, they need expressed permission from a family member! This whole process is very tedious and expensive!

      1. I’m not certain about this; but, I think Marilyn’s body could be exumed to get a DNA sample and compared to a surviving relative of Gifford’s.

    1. SERIOUSLY?! Does no one, in this day and time, know History? DNA testing wasn’t done, until 1985! I guess you think people, in the 1950s had PCs and smartphones, too! Furthermore, you, who uses no punctuation or sentence structure calls someone “dummie”. (BTW: In the singular, the word is “dummy”.) SMDH

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