Marilyn Monroe’s FBI file reveals worries about her communist acquaintances

By Daniel S Levine,

Marilyn Monroe may have died 50 years ago in 1962, but she remains one of Hollywood’s most popular stars and a fascinating figure. Even the FBI had a file on her and the bureau removed many of the redactions today, revealing its concerns about her communist acquaintances. However, it did not reveal any new facts about her death.

According to The Associated Press, the FBI report shows that many people in her entourage were worried about her connection to Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who Monroe met in 1962 during a trip to Mexico. A “mutual infatuation” developed between the two, which set off red flags among her inner circle.

The AP notes that Field wrote about meeting Monroe in his autobiography, From Right to Left. He wrote that the actress told him and his wife “...about her strong feelings for civil rights, for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of (FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover.”

The Telegraph reports that the files also reveal that a New York Daily News reporter told the FBI about an anonymous phone call he received. The caller was concerned that Monroe “drifted into the Communist orbit” and that her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller was a “cover up.” The FBI also had a file on Miller.

The FBI started keeping a file on the Seven-Year Itch actress in 1955, at the height of her popularity. They tracked her to find leftist views and possible communist connections. The bureau was concerned with intelligence acquired that she and other stars applied for visas to Russia.

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