Rewriting History: Marilyn Monroe and Stanley Gifford

If you listened to the last episode of the All Things Marilyn Podcast you heard me mention that something big was coming up, something that would rewrite history.

This is it!

As part of working with Julien’s Auctions to inventory Marilyn’s personal archives in her two filing cabinets, I discovered a get-well greeting card from Stanley Gifford, Marilyn’s father.

For years it was believed that Gifford was her father, and it was proven definitively through DNA testing earlier this year. However, there was never any evidence that father and daughter had any kind of relationship. The discovery of this greeting card rewrites history. There was indeed some kind of personal relationship between them, and this card proves it.

“I discovered the card purely by chance while I was preparing Marilyn’s personal archives for auction at Julien’s Auctions,” said Scott Fortner, Marilyn Monroe historian/collector and co-host of the All Things Marilyn podcast, as quoted in a news article. “This is the only known documented evidence of a relationship between Monroe and Gifford, which solves the mystery of whether or not she knew or had contact with her biological father.”

“Dear Marylyn,” begins Gifford’s message, with Monroe’s name spelled incorrectly, before the card’s pre-filled text reads, “This cheery little get-well note comes specially to say that lots of thoughts and wishes, too, are with you every day.”

My co-host Elisa Jordan and I discuss the discovery of the card and many other interesting facts and details in our latest episode of All Things Marilyn. Listen here.

The card will be up for auction at Julien’s Auctions December 17-18.