Weeping Marilyn gets divorce after telling judge Joe was 'cold,' 'indifferent' to her

By Aline Mosby

HOLLYWOOD -- Actress Marilyn Monroe, America's favorite pin-up girl, won an uncontested divorce from Joe DiMaggio today with testimony between sobs that he treated her with "coldness and indifference."

The famed blond, her voice often breaking with emotion, told Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Orlando Rhodes that the former New York Yankee star was moody and even refused to allow her to have friends in their home. Judge Rhodes granted the divorce after 15 minutes of testimony.


Miss Monroe, attired in a tight-fitting back wool suit with a plunging neckline, said "I voluntarily offered to give up my work in hopes that it would solve our problems -- but it didn't change his attitude."

A packed courtroom of spectators, press and attorneys visiting from other sections of the court building heard the 29-year-old movie star give her testimony, tears splotching her makeup.

"I hoped to have out of my marriage love, warmth, affection and understand," she said, "but the relationship was one of coldness and indifference."

Marilyn's corroborating witness, Inez Molson testified that DiMaggio would push Marilyn away when she tried to show affection for him and would say "don't bother me."

The divorce ended one of the year's most celebrated marriages, one which only lasted nine months. Miss Monroe filed her suit Oct. 5 just one day following the breakup of the popular couple.


Marilyn paused several times during her testimony, which sounded as well-rehearsed and dramatic as one of her movies.

"My husband would get into moods when he wouldn't speak to me for periods of sometimes 10 days," she continued.

"If I would try to reproach him usually he wouldn't answer at all. When he would he would say, 'Leave me alone.'"

Marilyn, wearing a fashionable black suit with a huge stand-away collar, said Joe did not allow her to ask any friends to their home.

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