FBI removes many redactions from file on Marilyn Monroe
By Anthony Mccartney, APLOS ANGELES--Newly re-issued and more complete FBI files on Marilyn Monroe reveal the names of some of the movie star's acquaintances with suspected communists who drew concern from government officials and her own entourage.
December 30, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
But the files, which previously were heavily redacted, do not contain any new information about Monroe's death 50 years ago.
The files recently were obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The AP had sought the removal of redactions from Monroe's FBI files earlier this year as part of a series of stories on the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death.
They show the extent the domestic intelligence agency was monitoring the actress for ties to communism in the years before her death in August 1962. The bureau never found any proof she was a member of the Communist Party. Monroe's file begins in 1955 and mostly focuses on her travels and associations, searching for signs of leftist views and possible ties to communism.
One entry, which previously had been almost completely redacted, concerned intelligence that Monroe and other entertainers sought visas to visit Russia that year.
They also reveal that some in Monroe's inner circle were concerned about her association with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was disinherited from his wealthy family over his leftist views.
A trip to Mexico in 1962 to shop for furniture brought her in contact with Field, who was living in the country with his wife in self-imposed exile. Informants reported to the FBI that a “mutual infatuation” had developed between Field and Monroe, which caused concern among some in her inner circle, including her therapist, the files say.
Field's autobiography mentions that he and his wife accompanied Monroe on shopping trips and meals, and he only mentions politics once in a passage on their dinnertime conversations.
“She talked mostly about herself and some of the people who had been or still were important to her,” Field wrote in “From Right to Left.” “She told us 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.”
Under Hoover's watch, the FBI kept watch on the political and social lives of many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and Monroe's ex-husband Arthur Miller. The bureau has also been involved in investigations about crimes against celebrities, including threats against Elizabeth Taylor, an extortion case involving Clark Gable and more recently, trying to determine who killed rapper Notorious B.I.G.
For years, the FBI files on Monroe have intrigued investigators, biographers and those who don't believe her death at her Los Angeles area home was a suicide.
This undated photo shows actress Marilyn Monroe. In late 2012, the FBI released a new version of files it kept on Monroe that reveal the names of some of her acquaintances who had ...