Marilyn Monroe ABC >> E >> Endometriosis
Marilyn Monroe and husband Arthur Miller tried to have a baby together. Marilyn was diagnosed with endometriosis after a miscarriage. In 1956, she lost her first child from a miscarriage, she was only about 3 months along. Her second miscarriage, her most public (photographed above), was her miscarriage on August 1st, 1957. Marilyn was in her home when she felt severe abdominal pain and could hardly stand. She was rushed to the hospital and suffered an ectopic pregnancy. The fetus was grown outside of the womb causing the baby not to grow to full term. She was then officially told is was due to endometriosis which is caused by menstrual cramps. She conceived another baby in 1958 but miscarried after about 4 months of pregnancy. Marilyn never had a child of her own.
“I’ll never forget the day Marilyn and I were walking around New York City, just having a stroll on a nice day. She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood, she could put on her plain-jane clothes and no one would notice her. She loved that. So as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’- and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.”
- Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene