FBI Worried Marilyn Monroe Was Communist
Newly redacted files shed light on agency's fruitless monitoring
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Marilyn Monroe smiling in a car after arriving tousled from an all-night plane flight from Hollywood to Idlewild Airport, in New York.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Marilyn Monroe's FBI files are finally getting unredacted (well, mostly), more than 50 years after the icon's death, reports the AP. The files show that Monroe had been monitored since 1955 by the agency, which was concerned because some of the actress's acquaintances were suspected of having communist ties. One of Monroe's inner circle was Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who lived in Mexico after getting disinherited by his rich family for his leftist views.

The AP had sought to remove the redactions from Monroe's files earlier this year, but the FBI said it was unable to find the documents at the time. The files examine Monroe's attempt to get a visa to visit Russia in 1955, Norman Mailer's biography of Monroe, and Monroe's other associations. One entry from 1962 concludes that Monroe was "very positively and concisely leftist," although she was likely not being "actively used" by the Communist Party.

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Marelicia
Dec 31, 2012 12:47 PM CST
See, Photograph. "Marilyn Monroe smiling in a car after arriving tousled from an all-night plane flight from Hollywood to Idlewild Airport, in New York." If that is tousled, wish I could look tousled as she, after an all-night plane fight or at any time.
InferiorToYou
Dec 30, 2012 12:24 PM CST
J Edgar Hoover probably just admired her wardrobe
Wrongdirection
Dec 30, 2012 12:20 PM CST
The FBI need not worry about Marilyn or what political views she had. If they are concerned about Communist then they need to be going after our Government which allows daily shipments of goods from Made in China each and every day! I'd say M.M. is the last thing this agency needs to be worried about these days! Try going after Wal-Mart stupid. Taxes for this? What the Hell?