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THE BOOKSHELF: Joe and Marilyn available at library
Joe and Marilyn. What a couple. The Joe DiMaggio of baseball fame, shared limelight with his brothers, Vincent and Dominic. In 1930, Joe signed on to play in the minor league.
Joe and Marilyn. What a couple. The Joe DiMaggio of baseball fame, shared limelight with his brothers, Vincent and Dominic. In 1930, Joe signed on to play in the minor league.
Rosita Smith
Palo Verde District Library

Joe and Marilyn. What a couple. The Joe DiMaggio of baseball fame, shared limelight with his brothers, Vincent and Dominic. In 1930, Joe signed on to play in the minor league. By 1936, Joe was playing in the major league, ending up the season with a .323 batting average. Joe's brothers also wound up in the majors with all three brothers playing the same position for their respective teams.

Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Baker. Marilyn became famous for the photograph from her movie, The Seven Year Itch, which showed her standing on an air vent with her skirts blowing high around her shoulders. As a child, Marilyn was shuffled from one home to another, never staying long at any abode. Searching for a better life, she went to California and managed to get small parts in several films. Then DiMaggio met Marilyn and sparks ignited.

C. David Heymann is a biographer known for his biographies which includes Bobby and Jackie, American Legacy, The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club, Liz and A Candid Biography of Robert Kennedy.

In compiling material for the book Joe and Marilyn, Heyman went back - way back - into the early lives of these two famous people. The reader will learn who they knew and called friends and those who were deleted from their respective lives. Readers will learn where the couple ate, and with whom, and what happened after dinner, and where.

Marilyn's fights with FOX are chronicled in detail: the studio wanted their leading lady on set and on time. Marilyn famously would show up four or five hours late, if she even showed up at all. In desperation the studio sent down one of their student actors to see that Marilyn got to work on time. The student discovered that after Marilyn got out of the tub she would go to bed and lie down and it was impossible to get her moving. Solution: When Marilyn was in the tub he would lie down in her bed. When Marilyn got out of the tub and saw him in her bed, she would get dressed immediately and the pair would head out for work.

Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn couldn't live together but they were miserable apart. They tried marriage, which lasted for nine months. As they grew older and mellowed a bit, they decided to re-marry.

Tragically Marilyn died before they were reunited. Joe ordered a bouquet of six red roses be delivered three times a week to her crypt for the next 20 years.

A remarkable book by a remarkable author, Joe and Marilyn delves into the lives of these two people, chronically their ups and downs, their ins and outs, and always acknowledging their love for one another.

Joe and Marilyn can be found with the biography books in the new bookshelves at the Palo Verde Valley Library.

Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and closed Sunday.

Safe parking can be found at the rear of the library.

The library is at the corner of Chanslorway and Broadway in Blythe.




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