Marilyn Monroe’s “last of kin,” who avoided the limelight, changed her name after revealing all about her aunt 10 years ago

THE last living relative to know Marilyn Monroe changed her name and spent the last decade living behind closed doors in a retirement home.

Mona Rae Miracle, now Booth, is the daughter of the legendary actress’ only sister, Berniece Baker Miracle.

In 2012, Mona Rae Miracle published a book about Marilyn with her mother, Berniece Baker Miracle

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In 2012, Mona Rae Miracle published a book about Marilyn with her mother, Berniece Baker MiraclePhoto credit: Getty
Marilyn is pictured with sister Berniece Baker Miracle

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Marilyn is pictured with sister Berniece Baker MiracleSource: See Sunday Times Picture Desk

She is the last true family link of the legendary actress, who died in 1962 and whose life will be portrayed in a new movie called Blonde, which will be released this week.

The only other known living relative is Francine Deir, 76, of Virginia, who only found out this year that she is linked to Marilyn.

That came after a French film company matched her DNA through her grandfather – and Marilyn’s father – Charles Gifford.

He always denied fathering the star and refused to meet her.

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The US Sun can now reveal that Marilyn’s niece Mona, 83, lives in a senior citizens’ community in North Carolina.

She has been there since at least 2013 and has been mentioned several times in her annual report.

The US Sun has reached out to Deerfield for comment.

We can also reveal that Mona also changed her last name to Booth, according to records from The US Sun.

It is unclear where her new last name came from and whether Mona ever had children.

But she did have a close relationship with Marilyn, with the pair only sharing a 13-year age difference.

In 2012, she and her mother published a book about Marilyn called My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe.

At the time of writing, Berniece was 92 and passed away two years later.

The book told the story of their 25-year relationship as half-siblings after Marilyn was raised in an orphanage and foster home.

The actress found out about Berniece when she was 12 years old.

Mona told The Mirror at the time of the book’s publication that she and Marilyn had a close bond and would dress up together, share jokes and Marilyn would give her advice about boys.

She also showered Berniece and Mona with gifts – including her first wedding dress for childhood sweetheart Jimmy Dougherty – when she was just 16.

Mona said: “She sent us packages of clothes that she no longer wanted. What a thrill that was. We weren’t rich, but we had these great outfits.

“I still have it [the wedding dress]. It was just beautiful, a white ballerina length dress. We had it turned into a party dress and I wore it on my first date when I was 14.”

After the book’s release, as quickly as Mona burst into the limelight, she disappeared again.

Their new home in Deerfield is expected to provide 630 residents on a 125-acre campus with a variety of assisted living or independent living services at prices starting at approximately $4,500 per month.

There is a swimming pool, arts and crafts studio, computer room, gym, pottery studio with kiln, hairdressers and a variety of cafes and bars.

Mona appears to be an artist and author, and another resident, author Celia Miles, credits her for designing the covers of two of her books.

Mona donated to the community’s Art League in 2015, to the Residents Assistant Fund in 2016, and to the Woodshop Fund in 2020.

It’s unclear where Mona got her money from, certainly not Marilyn’s estate as the Hollywood great was only worth $800,000 when she died and only gave Berniece $10,000.

The main beneficiaries were Marilyn’s New York psychiatrist, Dr. Marianne Kris and acting coach Lee Strasberg, who received 25 percent and 75 percent of their intellectual property rights, respectively.

as dr When Kris died in 1980, she left her part of the estate to the Anna Freud Center in London, which was set up for children with mental health problems.

After Strasberg’s death, his share went to his third wife, Venezuelan actress Anna Mizrahi, who had only met Marilyn once. She married Strasberg at 28 when he was 66.

She hired CMG Worldwide, a company that specializes in managing the estates of deceased celebrities, to license Monroe products and made millions.

CMG CEO Mark Roesler told NPR, “We’ve done hundreds and hundreds of programs with companies like Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, fragrances, clothing, gifts, collectibles, paper products and things like that.”

Anna, also now 83, sold The Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC to Authentic Brands Group for up to $30 million in 2012.

They also own the rights to dead and alive stars like Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and Shaquille O’Neal.

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It’s now a ruthless business, with Authentic Brands cracking down on anyone trying to use Marilyn’s image.

According to Pacer, since taking control, there have been 24 lawsuits, with four currently active.

The legendary actress died in 1962

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The legendary actress died in 1962Photo credit: Getty
Medical workers remove Marilyn Monroe's body from her home

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Medical workers remove Marilyn Monroe’s body from her homePhoto credit: Getty
The postcard from Marilyn Monroe, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Paris Miracle, her half-sister Berniece, and her husband

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The postcard from Marilyn Monroe, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Paris Miracle, her half-sister Berniece, and her husbandPhoto credit: Getty

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