Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010

Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Joe DiMaggio was recently retired and Marilyn Monroe's career had just taken off when they went on their first date in 1952. The legendary baseball player and the movie star–sex symbol were married in January 1954 — and divorced by the end of the year. The relationship, in all its stages, provided plenty of fodder for the press. While Monroe went on to marry (and then divorce) playwright Arthur Miller, DiMaggio never remarried. The two remained close, and some say they were planning to get back together eventually. After she died unexpectedly at age 36, he sent roses to her crypt three times a week for 20 years.