Real life is more amazing than movies. I was working in one of Tokyo’s most elegant places, Irene’s Hungaria Restaurant in Ginza. We made lunchboxes for the Emperor and his friends when they were playing tennis. At night, we had a long line waiting to get in, a mix of GIs, kabuki and noh stars, famous writers and their foreign friends and members of the Royal Family. In February 1954, Marilyn Monroe and her husband, Joe DiMaggio, came to Japan on their honeymoon and they stopped by, too. Mon-chan, as we called her, was more beautiful in person than on film. I only got a glimpse of her because I was busy cooking.
-Chef Yoshimasa Saito [x]
When I married Joe DiMaggio in 1954, he had already retired from baseball, but he was a wonderful athlete and had a very sensitive nature in many respects. His family were immigrants and he’d had a very difficult time when he was young. So he understood something about me, and I understood something about him, and we based out marriage on this.
But just “something” isn’t enough. Our marriage wasn’t very happy, and it ended in nine months.
My feelings are as important to me as my work.
Probably that’s why I’m so impetuous and exclusive.
I like people, but when it comes to friends, I only like a few. And when I love, I’m so exclusive that I really have only one idea in my mind.
Above all, I want to be treated as a human being.
-Marilyn in an interview with Georges Belmont, editor of the French magazine Marie Claire, 1960
Marilyn on her wedding days:
- to James Dougherty [June 19, 1942]
- to Joe DiMaggio [January 14,1954]
- to Arthur Miller (Civil Ceremony: June 29,1956) (pictured: Jewish Ceremony) [July 1st, 1956]
"I’ve made five transcntinental tours in the past five years, ninety cities. And you know, they still want to know about Marilyn Monroe. It’s like the great American dream blew up in their faces when she died. I only worked with her in The Seven Year Itch, but we had lunch together every day. Sometimes she wanted to talk; sometimes she didn’t. I found her delightful. And I remember when we first met she stood up and a book fell on the floor. An Italian- American cookbook. She was still married to Joe DiMaggio. I liked her, because I knew she was trying.