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Tara
post Mar 21 2006, 12:28 PM
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A humble Hollywood honeymoon makes history

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio's 1954 one-night stay at a former Paso Robles motel is the subject of a booklet compiled by Camp Roberts historian Gary McMaster

By Nick Wilson

nwilson@thetribunenews.com


Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio spent the first night of their marriage in Paso Robles on Jan. 14, 1954 — a tantalizing bit of celebrity trivia that has enraptured local historian Gary McMaster in recent months.

Paso Robles residents living in town at the time told McMaster about the couple’s stop. He is the curator of the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.

McMaster researched their tips and found out through the Internet and news clippings that the couple indeed stayed at the Clifton Motel on First and Spring streets the night of their wedding.

Last month McMaster completed a 25-page booklet filled with narrative information on the Paso Robles visit and photos of the stars taken throughout their short marriage.

His collection includes a copy of a Jan. 15, 1954, Paso Robles Press with the headline "Marilyn and Joe Honeymoon Here."

McMaster’s work on the couple’s stopover is the first of its kind that he knows about. He has distributed the booklet to the Paso Robles Historical Society, the Camp Roberts museum and the Clifton Apartments — the site of the former Clifton Motel in Paso Robles.

"When I hear a little about something like this, I want to get the whole story," McMaster said. "Joe was one of the biggest icons in sports, and Marilyn was one of the biggest icons in the entertainment industry in history. It was a meeting of the two worlds."

DiMaggio was 39 and had been retired from baseball three years when they married. Monroe was at the height of her fame at 27.

Many attribute their divorce 274 days later to DiMaggio’s jealousy and his uneasiness with Monroe’s sex symbol status.

McMaster wrote in his booklet that "Paso Robles remains for, among other things, the site of perhaps their happiest night."

It isn’t known if the couple intended to stay at the Clifton Motel or if they simply stopped off while driving south on the old Highway 101, which later became Spring Street in Paso Robles, McMaster said.

The Paso Robles Press article states the newlyweds first registered at a hotel in Monterey after an early afternoon wedding ceremony, but they ducked out to avoid crowds.

They later ate dinner at the old Hot Springs Hotel at 13th and Spring streets before spending the night for $6.50 at the Clifton, where Joe requested a double bed and a television.

"They were heading to a house that a friend offered them near Palm Springs before they honeymooned in Japan," McMaster said. "They left Paso Robles the next morning."

The Clifton Apartments complex in Paso Robles now appears much like it did in the 1950s with brick Spanish tile roofs and stucco. A swimming pool has since been added, McMaster said.

But the building was remodeled and there is no way of knowing which room the couple stayed in, said Donna Docter, the complex’s resident manager. Two of the complex’s residents interviewed by The Tribune on Thursday said they believe it was theirs.

"I can just feel it’s my apartment," said resident Larea Moore. "It just looks like it would be her place."
Resident Dale Levine, 44, said he senses it might have been his apartment and that celebrity presence makes the building "unique."

Docter said tourists, including many from Europe, ask about DiMaggio and Monroe at least once a year.

"It’s neat because you just get lost in living life and then all of a sudden someone shows up speaking broken English all fired up," Docter said.

"This place is a piece of history."
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AT THE CLIFTON APT WHERE MARILYN MONROE SPENT HER HONEYMOON W/ JOE D IN PASO.
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I have never seen this picture before Joan! Thank you for sharing!!!
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