The FBI has removed many redactions it had on the legendary, and often controversial silver screen star, Marilyn Monroe. Yes, she had an FBI file and until earlier this year, some of the information was not readily available.
The Associated Press (AP) had obtained these files through the Freedom of Information Act, which allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government.
It was a long held belief that the blonde bombshell had ties to communism, via her associations with certain people, who belonged to the communist party.
But is this a big deal? As long as she wasn’t a spy…Most people in the entertainment business have very leftist points of view, must be in the artists blood to think this way. Not all do, but most. You just have to watch comments in social media outlets during election years.
So what was it that drew the FBI to start investigating Monroe in the first place? The FBI director at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, had many celebrities at that time, under close watch, including Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and Arthur Miller, Monroe’s ex-husband.
What raised suspicions was her relationship with Frederick Vanderbilt Field, an American political activist, who was disinherited by his family for his extremely leftist views. Many in Monroe’s entourage were concerned about this relationship, which seemed to be more platonic than a real affair. Monroe also expressed many leftist views on social issues while she was still alive.
These files have been the basis of great speculation among Monroe’s biographers, due to the fact that she was found dead, in an apparent suicide. Many believe that she was actually murdered and that the files contain some kind of clue into her mysterious death.
The recent interest in the secret files, was brought about because of the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. You can read more about this story in this USAToday article.