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New Book Reveals Joe DiMaggio’s Torment After Marilyn Monroe’s Death: ‘I Always Knew Who Killed Her’

Joe DiMaggio‘s love for actress Marilyn Monroe is well catalogued, but a new biography written by one of the Yankee great’s longtime friends delves deeper into their fabled romance — revealing what qualities he loved most about her, why they divorced, and whom he blamed for her death.

“Joe was very honored and privileged to have Marilyn Monroe as his wife, which is why he was so fiercely protective of her,” says Dr. Rock Positano in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE about Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of an American Hero, which he co-authored with brother John Positano. “He felt that she was very vulnerable and very sweet and that it was very easy for people to take advantage of her.”

In one of their more intimate chats, Positano learned that DiMaggio loved his sexual connection with Monroe. Both divorcees, Monroe and DiMaggio married in 1954, but split just nine months later.

” ‘When we got together in the bedroom, it was like the gods were fighting; there were thunderclouds and lightning above us,’ ” Positano says DiMaggio told him.

While he repeatedly defended his short marriage to Monroe, the book reveals that DiMaggio did have some issues with the iconic star. For one, he complained that she “wouldn’t take a bath for days.”

“From Joe’s point of view, they didn’t stay married because Marilyn was not able to have children. It was as simple as that. It was not about the published reports of jealousy and not wanting to take a back seat to her fame,” writes Positano. “Joe wanted kids with Marilyn, and Marilyn wanted to reward him with a family. In Italian terms, sex meant kids. Great sex meant great kids. Marilyn gave goddess sex, but no kids.”

Although Monroe went on to wed playwright Arthur Miller, she returned to seek affection from DiMaggio after that union ended in divorce in 1961. Although The Yankee Clipper’s pride seemingly held him back from rekindling their romance, he continued to care for Monroe — so much so that his friendship with Frank Sinatra was ruined after the singer introduced Monroe to the Kennedy family.

Whatever her relationship was with them, DiMaggio blamed Sinatra for introducing her into the Kennedy circle.

“‘The whole lot of Kennedys were lady-killers,'” DiMaggio said to Positano, according to the book, ‘”and they always got away with it. They’ll be getting away with it a hundred years from now.'”

It's not a bad book if you want to know about Joe in later life, though in terms of Marilyn there's nothing really surprising.

My review for Immortal Marilyn
QUOTE(Tara @ Feb 18 2018, 04:17 PM) *
It's not a bad book if you want to know about Joe in later life, though in terms of Marilyn there's nothing really surprising.

My review for Immortal Marilyn

Nice review. Thanks Tara. Great to see you here again. Hope you're good x
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