The dazzling actress Marilyn Monroe, who wowed a generation with her acting, singing and standing-on-a-subway-grate antics was, according to freshly-released documents compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also a bit of a communist. Or, at least, during the mid-20th century communist-hunting era, the bureau thought she was a bit of a communist. But, says the Atlantic Wire, the feds could never quite pin her down.
According to the Associated Press, who got access to the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, the files “show the extent the agency was monitoring Monroe for ties to communism in the years before her death in August 1962.”
The records had been available previously, but they were heavily redacted. The new re-issue saw some of those black marks taken away.
Monroe’s file begins in 1955 and mostly focuses on her travels and associations, searching for signs of leftist views and possible ties to communism. One entry, which previously had been almost completely redacted, concerned intelligence that Monroe and other entertainers sought visas to visit Russia that year.
The file continues up until the months before her death, and also includes several news stories and references to Norman Mailer’s biography of the actress, which focused on questions about whether Monroe was killed by the government.
If you feel like diving deep into the secret lives of some of history’s notable figures, the Vault actually holds files on a varied and interesting mix of characters including, ironically, Senator Joseph McCarthy. Some other names that jumped out include:
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