This blog is dedicated to Marilyn Monroe - a sadly misunderstood woman who dreamed of becoming an actress and, despite having all the odds against her, ended up being not only an amazing actress, but an icon as well.
We have never known who Marilyn’s father was. Marilyn did not know either, but she strongly felt it was Charles Stanley Gifford, a man who worked at the same company as Marilyn’s mother, Gladys Baker.
Marilyn had attempted to contact Gifford several times and was denied every time. Gifford himself denied being Marilyn’s father till the day he died.
However, it has been confirmed recently through DNA tests that Gifford is indeed Marilyn’s father. The tests were done using a hair of Marilyn’s (kept by the person who embalmed her body) and saliva belonging to Gifford’s granddaughter, Francine Gifford Deir. It was a match.
Francine said: “Her life could have been richer if he'd acknowledged her. Maybe her fate would have been different if she'd belonged to a family like ours. Maybe she would have been stronger. We'll never know.”