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FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files
Gothamist ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jen Carlson

Posted on 12/28/2012 11:29:36 AM PST by smoothsailing

FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files

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Miller and Monroe at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1957. (via LIFE)

The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer of the Communist Party—was instituted on November 25, 1947. In the 1950s a Red Channels (Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television) pamphlet was published, which listed Arthur Miller as a communist. So when Miller started dating Marilyn Monroe in 1955, The Man started keeping an eye on her as well... and now an unredacted classified file has been released by the FBI, showing how the agency tracked her ties to the Reds.

The AP has been using the Freedom of Information Act to get the FBI to release files, which they claimed had been lost. The files have now been "found," and reissued without the redactions that previously existed (which basically blacked everything out—as you can see here).

With the black bars lifted, the files now reveal more details, as well as names of the actress's inner circle who were concerned about her association with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was known for his leftist views, the year of her death.

"A trip to Mexico earlier that year 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. 'This situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe's entourage and also among the (American Communist Group in Mexico),' the file states."
The files also show an early tip that the agency documented—on July 11th, 1956 they had received word about an anonymous phone call that was made to the NY Daily News, warning of the Miller/Monroe marriage and how the actress had "drifted into the communist orbit"—specifically, that Marilyn Monroe Productions was "filled with communists" and that money from the company was being used to finance communist activities. In Marilyn In Manhattan (which you can watch on Hulu), much of the focus is on her escape from Hollywood and starting this production company (which she ran with photographer Milton Greene).

In total, the files track Monroe for seven years, from 1955 through just before her death in 1962. The FBI's role in Monroe's life, and death, has been questioned in the past, including by the man who performed Monroe's autopsy, Dr. Thomas Noguchi. In his 1983 memoir he wrote that no one will ever know all the details of Monroe's death, noting that "until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death."

In the end, the FBI never seemed to find proof Monroe was a member in the party—in July of 1962 the file states that the "subject's views are very positively and concisely leftist; however, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party, it is not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blacklist; coldwar; fbi; fbifile; hollywood; marilynmonroe; marilynmonroefbifile
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LINKS to the unredacted files....

http://www.scribd.com/doc/118234247/FBI-files-on-Marilyn-Monroe-Part-1

http://www.scribd.com/doc/118234238/FBI-files-on-Marilyn-Monroe-Part-2

1 posted on 12/28/2012 11:29:40 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Looks like Marilyn Monroe was just as much of a lefty dingbat as the vast majority of the modern day Hollywood crowd.


2 posted on 12/28/2012 11:33:21 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

A high-profile celebrity, like Marilyn Monroe, could play the role of a stalking horse, drawing attention away from the truly dangerous political operatives in Hollywood.


3 posted on 12/28/2012 11:34:28 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: smoothsailing

bump


4 posted on 12/28/2012 11:34:48 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: smoothsailing

So JFK was sleeping with both Communists and Nazis? The more things change, the more they stay the same.


5 posted on 12/28/2012 11:38:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The elite will be the elite.

It’s getting close to a new WW conflagration.


6 posted on 12/28/2012 11:54:31 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: smoothsailing

1956-57. All (probably) written on a Smith-Corona Typewriter and duplicated w/ carbon-copy paper. I remember those days.

http://nechecollection.com/20-carbon-copy-paper/


7 posted on 12/28/2012 11:56:08 AM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: carriage_hill

‘Zat you, Buckhead ?


8 posted on 12/28/2012 12:06:09 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: smoothsailing

Bookmark


9 posted on 12/28/2012 12:14:12 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: smoothsailing

If Marilyn wanted me to be a communist, I’d be a communist.

“More borscht, my little potato?”


10 posted on 12/28/2012 12:22:11 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: smoothsailing

Okay, I admit. Marilyn could have turned me into a Red. At least for a week or so.... : )


11 posted on 12/28/2012 12:23:48 PM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: smoothsailing

Dr. Thomas Noguchi’s investigation into the death of Natalie Wood brought his downfall. The elites wanted nothing of it and got him removed from office.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 12:26:57 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: smoothsailing
The Communist president we have has not been outed why should we care what the so called news media has to say about a idiot so called actress..

—— News Flash——
Hey people did you know there is several Communist in the white house including the communist president..Barack Obama

13 posted on 12/28/2012 12:33:41 PM PST by PLD
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To: knarf

No. I did a search for that name, and I’ve got 9yrs on him. Quite a storied FReeper...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1526303/posts

I remember the RatherGate incident when it hit the news.


14 posted on 12/28/2012 12:34:55 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: smoothsailing

My belief is that Marilyn was used by people much smarter than she.

I do not believe she was smart enough to be a real Communist,after all she got pimped out to Kennedy either by Sinatra or Peter Lawford.

She wasn’t alone either Angie Dickerson also put out for the cause.


15 posted on 12/28/2012 12:37:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: smoothsailing

Do the files tell which Kennedy brother crammed the pills down her throat while she was drunk?


16 posted on 12/28/2012 12:45:31 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: carriage_hill
Yeah ... your comment triggered the memory.

Buckhead is a verifiable American HERO

17 posted on 12/28/2012 12:47:22 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Parley Baer

Whatever became of re-opening that cold case awhile back?


18 posted on 12/28/2012 12:48:40 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Gaffer
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19 posted on 12/28/2012 12:57:13 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: knarf
"‘Zat you, Buckhead ?"

HA!

I thought the same when I read post #7.

20 posted on 12/28/2012 12:58:56 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: Parley Baer
Noguchi

He was a wackjob. He fantasized being a ME when a plane crashed and he could do all the autopsies.

21 posted on 12/28/2012 1:02:06 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: smoothsailing
The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer...at least the writer has this right - it was Hollywood itself, not Washington and the House Unamerican Activities Committee (which by the way was first established to go after Nazis, but let's not mention that) which actually engaged in "blacklisting".....
22 posted on 12/28/2012 1:03:22 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: smoothsailing
The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer...at least the writer has this right - it was Hollywood itself, not Washington and the House Unamerican Activities Committee (which by the way was first established to go after Nazis, but let's not mention that) which actually engaged in "blacklisting".....
23 posted on 12/28/2012 1:05:09 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: carriage_hill; Buckhead
"I remember the RatherGate incident when it hit the news."

Those were pretty awesome times! Buckhead was a hero!

24 posted on 12/28/2012 1:05:21 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: PLD
—— News Flash—— Hey people did you know there is several Communist in the white house including the communist president..Barack Obama

There's a whole more than several. Dig deeper, wake up.

25 posted on 12/28/2012 1:06:52 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Poor Marilyn was certainly no Communist or Intellectual. She was constantly used by almost everyone in her life and certainly any so called leftist views she might have had were picked up by the company she kept not by any real or imagined deep thinking on her part. Credit husband Arthur Miller for her so called leftist tendencies.
26 posted on 12/28/2012 1:08:36 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: hummingbird; Buckhead; knarf
I forgot to "cc" Buckhead.

How ya' doin', Buckhead?

Any good cases now?

27 posted on 12/28/2012 1:09:27 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: smoothsailing
RIP Marilyn, Joe DiMaggio was the only one who really cared about her and he was as Conservative as they get. Maybe her mental health had something to do with her potential leaning towards being a commie, at this point, just let her be, she deserves better especially after what those twisted b@$***ds the Kennedy's may have done to her. Yes I said it...
28 posted on 12/28/2012 1:11:47 PM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: knarf

Yes, he is. Despite the age difference, it’s amazing how similar our computer, typeface and machinery backgrounds are.


29 posted on 12/28/2012 1:12:26 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: carriage_hill
Duplicates could also have been run off on a mimeograph machine. Remember the smell of the "duplication fluid"?

CLICK

30 posted on 12/28/2012 1:18:00 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Venturer
She wasn’t alone either Angie Dickinson also put out for the cause.

While Angie could have made me a pinko, only Marilyn could make me a full blown comrade. (I have my standards, ya know)

31 posted on 12/28/2012 1:21:28 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: taildragger

She should have stuck with Joe, he was the best thing that ever happened to her.


32 posted on 12/28/2012 1:24:27 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: hummingbird; knarf

A lot of names from that time I’m not familiar with, but am doing some reading-up on them, now:

Hadean,

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1680580/posts?page=30#30

LGF, PowerLine

Must have been a truly fascinating time, here...


33 posted on 12/28/2012 1:29:26 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: smoothsailing
Got quite a belly on her back then in that B&W photo. And what's with that cigarette stuck in her face? Unngghhhh.

She looked better later in life, probably started taking care of herself.

34 posted on 12/28/2012 1:38:13 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: carriage_hill
Fascinating time right now, and you're in the thick of it.

Have fun

35 posted on 12/28/2012 1:41:42 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: doorgunner69
A LOT of people smoked back then .. doctors on TV, etc.

I think MM smoked, but not sure.

36 posted on 12/28/2012 1:44:11 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: smoothsailing

Pretty pungent smell, as I remember refilling the reservoir. LOL. Any spill was a deadly permanent stain.


37 posted on 12/28/2012 1:44:45 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: doorgunner69

That’s a button on Miller’s tux. But she does have a belly there.


38 posted on 12/28/2012 1:51:09 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: smoothsailing

I have to confess .. I LOVED that smell.


39 posted on 12/28/2012 1:53:24 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: taildragger
RIP Marilyn, Joe DiMaggio was the only one who really cared about her and he was as Conservative as they get. Maybe her mental health had something to do with her potential leaning towards being a commie, at this point, just let her be, she deserves better especially after what those twisted b@$***ds the Kennedy's may have done to her. Yes I said it…

********************************

And I agree.

40 posted on 12/28/2012 1:54:49 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: knarf

You’re so right. And you’ve been around since the beginning, here, to see it all. I admire your time here, at FR.


41 posted on 12/28/2012 1:56:00 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: smoothsailing

Lucille Ball was also a CP member in New York before she secured stardom. She later said that she joined the CPUSA because her grandfather insisted that she do so. Desi, Sr., though was not a leftist, as I understand it.


42 posted on 12/28/2012 1:59:45 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: knarf; smoothsailing

A tiny spill in an office or school today, would trigger a Police & HAZMAT response. It kinda reminds me of Hoppe’s Cleaning Fluid. (Just cleaning the Barrett triggered an olfactory stroll down memory lane...)


44 posted on 12/28/2012 2:01:35 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: knarf

I did too! Every kid I knew did.

Only the weird kids didn’t, and they were the ones who ate the paste! LOL!


45 posted on 12/28/2012 2:03:37 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Duplicates could also have been run off on a mimeograph machine. Remember the smell of the "duplication fluid"?

We had several different colors of dupe sheets for our elementary school newspaper so we could do special editions. Purple was standard, but we also had magenta and turquoise.

46 posted on 12/28/2012 2:17:57 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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To: Theodore R.
Lucille Ball was also a CP member in New York before she secured stardom.

"Lucy, you got some 'splainin to do!"


47 posted on 12/28/2012 2:22:04 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: knarf; doorgunner69
I think MM smoked, but not sure.


48 posted on 12/28/2012 2:22:45 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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To: carriage_hill
Yeah ... mimeograph fluid, hoppe's and wd40 ... right up there with the greatest smells on earth ...

until y'discover girls.

wink

49 posted on 12/28/2012 2:22:45 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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All I remember is purple. I didn’t know there were other colors!


50 posted on 12/28/2012 2:24:35 PM PST by smoothsailing
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