James Dougherty Biography
(Marilyn Monroe’s First Husband)
Birthday: April 12, 1921 (Aries)
Born In: Texas
James Dougherty was the first husband of famous Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe. He was an American police officer who had also served in the Navy. Prior to joining the Navy, he worked at the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He was married to Norma Jeane, a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe, for four years from 1942 to 1946, before she became a star. While he followed her work throughout his life, he avoided the limelight till long after her death in 1962. In 1976, he published the book 'The Secret Happiness of Marilyn Monroe', in which he claimed that they were happily married for a couple years before his job in the seas and her emerging career in showbiz caused their divorce. He later published the memoir 'To Norma Jeane With Love, Jimmie', in 1997 and appeared in the documentary 'Marilyn’s Man', in 2004. He also served as an Androscoggin County commissioner in Maine and taught at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.