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On this day in history, January 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DiMaggio

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Iconic American actress Marilyn Monroe had three marriages in her lifetime — each full of issues and struggles. 

Monroe married American police officer James Dougherty when she was just 16 years old, but the relationship lasted only four years, according to History.com.

Her second marriage was one of the most memorable for Monroe, due to the brevity of the relationship — and the fact that her groom was a New York Yankees baseball star.

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On this day in history, Jan. 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall. 

Monroe and DiMaggio met in 1952 after the popular center fielder arranged a date with Monroe, whose own star was rising at the time, according to History.com. 

After the glamorous duo began dating, the press took a strong liking to them.

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In January 1954, just two years after meeting for the first time, Monroe and DiMaggio wed in San Francisco

The couple was overwhelmed with reporters outside City Hall, although there are claims Monroe told someone about the wedding, who ultimately leaked it to the press, according to History.com.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Japan — which is apparently where their marital issues began.

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Monroe was asked to perform in Korea for American soldiers stationed there and left her honeymoon in order to do so. That reportedly upset her new husband. 

DiMaggio was always unhappy with the sexualized public image of his wife, according to reports. Other reports indicate he wanted her to quit acting altogether.

Then came one of the most iconic photos in all of entertainment history. 

It was the photo of the actress standing on a city street, over a subway grate, in a white dress with her skirt blowing up in the air. 

The scene was for a movie Monroe was filming called “The Seven Year Itch.”

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After the filming of that subway grate scene, Di Maggio was allegedly infuriated.

In October 1954, just 274 days after saying “I do,” Monroe and DiMaggio were divorced, according to History online. 

Monroe accused DiMaggio of “mental cruelty.” 

She was married once more, to playwright Arthur Miller, from 1956-1961.

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Although their marriage ended on a sour note, DiMaggio continued to support Monroe for the rest of her years. 

After she spent time in a psychiatric hospital more than six years later, DiMaggio helped to release Monroe from the facility — bringing her to the Yankees’ spring training camp for rest, according to History.com.

The pair never remarried — but DiMaggio helped to arrange Monroe’s funeral when she died of a drug overdose in 1962. 

It is widely believed that DiMaggio sent flowers to Monroe’s grave weekly for decades afterward.

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