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

(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.

Marilyn Monroe smiling in a car after arriving tousled from an all-night plane flight from Hollywood to Idlewild Airport, in New York.
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)
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