Who Was Marilyn Monroe’s Father Charles Stanley Gifford?

THE identity of Marilyn Monroe’s father remained a mystery for decades.

But the truth behind the paternity of the world’s most famous movie star has finally come out – so who is her father?

The movie star's father has been absent throughout her life and denied that he was her father


The movie star’s father has been absent throughout her life and denied that he was her fatherPhoto credit: Getty

Who Was Marilyn Monroe’s Father Charles Stanley Gifford?

Charles Stanley Gifford was born in 1898 in Newport, Rhode Island.

He became a shift supervisor at a Hollywood film development company, where he reportedly met Marilyn’s mother, Gladys.

The couple had an affair in 1925 and the film editor became pregnant at the age of 26 before giving birth to Marilyn, née Norma Jeane Mortenson, then Baker, on June 1, 1926.

Charles is said to have disappeared around this time and never contacted his beloved child.

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Gladys has reportedly never approached Marilyn’s father, nor has she asked him for money to support her.

But the movie star, who spent most of her childhood in foster care and orphanages, has tried and failed to get in touch with her absent father over the years.

What happened to Marilyn Monroe’s father Charles Stanley Gifford?

After leaving Gladys with the baby, Charles became a producer and director.

He remarried in 1919 and fathered two children with his wife before the couple later divorced.

During this time, Marilyn relentlessly tried to develop a relationship with what she vehemently believed was her father.

But Charles, who at the time ran a California dairy farm, continually refuted her claims and denied the film icon’s claims until his death.

Friends of the late actress and her first husband, James Dougherty, shared how Charles would cruelly deny his daughter’s existence.

Dougherty said: “She picked up the phone and she looked up his number and she called him.

“He wouldn’t recognize you, he said ‘No, I don’t know who you are. Contact my attorney’.”

He explained that his former wife “didn’t want anything from him” and that the conversation made her “really sad”.

According to Charles Casillo’s book Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life Of A Public Icon, she once tracked Charles down to confront him.

But he reportedly brushed Marilyn off, telling her, “I’m married with a family. I have nothing to say to you. Call my attorney.”

Natasha Lytess, an acting coach and friend, said of the meeting, “It didn’t do her any good. It broke her heart.”

The Daily Mail reported that Marilyn’s friend Sidney Skolsky said she visited Charles for the second time in 1950.

A DNA test confirmed that Charles Stanley Gifford was Marilyn Monroe's father


A DNA test confirmed that Charles Stanley Gifford was Marilyn Monroe’s father

When Marilyn returned to the car where Skolsky was waiting, she called her father a “son of a bitch.”

Marilyn tried several more times to contact Gifford in person and by phone, but each time he told her to leave him alone.

Charles died in 1865 while living near Hemet, California.

Sixty years after Marilyn’s death, a damning documentary finally gets to the bottom of her father’s identity.

In Marilyn, Her Final Secret — released June 2022 — experts analyzed forensic evidence to definitively prove Charles’ paternity.

A team used a lock of Marilyn’s legendary hair, still kept in the coroner’s office after her death, to prove he was her father.

However, finding DNA from her hair proved difficult as Monroe, who was a natural brunette, had bleached her hair so many times that most of her DNA had been removed.

Forensic scientists were eventually able to extract enough DNA to compare it to a cheek swab from one of Charles’ great-grandchildren.

Though he was long dead, the forensic team found Gifford’s 75-year-old granddaughter, Francine Gifford Deir.

Gladys Pearl Baker, pictured with baby Marilyn, was having an affair with her boss


Gladys Pearl Baker, pictured with baby Marilyn, was having an affair with her bossPhoto credit: Getty

Who Was Marilyn Monroe’s Mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, and What Happened to Her?

Gladys Pearl Baker was born in Mexico in 1902 after her parents moved to Piedras Negras in the 1890s, reports Latin Heat.

After settling in the area bordering Eagle Pass, Texas, she was transitioned to a rural, outdoor lifestyle.

In her twenties, Gladys landed a job as a film editor at RKO Pictures, where she had a relationship with her boss, Charles Stanley Gifford.

Although Marilyn was raised alone, the movie star said her mother showed her a photo of a man in a gold frame and said, “This is your father.”

It’s unclear how much the blonde bombshell knew about her father, as Gladys never openly revealed his identity.

Gladys married three times and listed her second husband, Martin Edward Mortensen, as Monroe’s father on her birth certificate.

The couple divorced in 1928 after just four years of marriage, and Gladys raised Marilyn exclusively until she was seven.

But the mother’s mental health began to deteriorate and she was later transferred to a psychiatric hospital.

Gladys was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and died in 1983.

Marilyn had to bounce back and forth between foster homes and an orphanage during her young years.

The star herself was diagnosed with bipolar later in life and admitted to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York.

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Gladys had two other children – Robert, born in 1917, and Berniece, born in 1919.

Robert, known as Jackie, died at the age of 14 when Marilyn first met Berniece as a teenager.

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