Marilyn Monroe, movie star, filed suit for divorce against her third husband, Arthur Miller, last night in the First Civil Court of Juarez. Playwright Miller and Miss Monroe called it quits last November during filming of her latest picture “The Misfits.” Since that time her name has been linked with that of her second husband, baseball’s Joe DiMaggio.
She Was Upset
The beauteous Monroe looked tired and upset when she appeared with her lawyer and another man in Judge Miguel Gomez Guerra’s court. Her lawyers are Aurellano Gonzalez Vargas and Arturo Sosa Aguilar of Juarez.
“The plane was delayed and I got upset,” she said. “I don’t feel like being bothered with publicity right now. But I would love to have a plate of tacos and enchiladas.”
Miss Monroe was wearing a high-fashion black suit and black “flower pot” hat over her blonde curls. She said she had arrived by plane at 5 p.m.
Judge Gomez Guerra opened the court especially so that her petition of divorce could be presented. Miss Monroe charged “incompatibility of character.” The man with her was identified as her “manager.”
Lawyers said that the final decree will be granted early next week.
Miss Monroe asked that her maiden name of Marilyn Monroe be restored in the petition presented to the Chihuahua State court. She stated that she and her husband reached a property agreement on their U.S. holdings January 19 and that she owns no property in Mexico.
The petition reads generally, “The respondent (Miller) is of a character that is incompatible with that of the plaintiff (Monroe), which has made the continuation of our matrimonial life impossible to the extent that we have been living separately since November, 1960 and that no reconciliation is possible."
Miss Monroe can marry immediately after the decree is handed down. She was not expected to return to Juarez, however, as she gave Attorney Sosa Aguilar her power of attorney and her presence is not required by the court.
Miller’s lawyer is believed to be Francisco Gomez Fraire, who has offices in the same building as Sosa Aguilar and Gonzalez Vargas, Miller will not have to appear in court if he has given power of attorney to the lawyer, but it has not been determined whether Fraire has this.
Her First Marriage
However, court officials presumed this is the case since most Juarez divorces are facilitated by both parties furnishing power of attorneys to their lawyers before the petition is filed.
Miss Monroe had a stormy marital career.
Her first husband was James Dougherty, a boy who lived next door to her when she was in her teens. DiMaggio was next, and then Playwright Miller, whom she had dated before marrying DiMaggio.
She married DiMaggio in 1954 and learned to cook spaghetti to please him. She later charged that he spent most of his time watching television and objected to her wearing low cut gowns in public.
She married Miller in 1956 and announced she was going to go in for serious acting. Her husband, a Pulitzer prize winner, wrote the script for “The Misfits,” especially for her. The picture stars the “blue-eyed sex symbol” with the late Clark Gable.