According to recently discovered records by Natasha Lytess, Marilyn Monroe engaged in a covert lesbian relationship with her controlling German acting teacher.
In a time when bisexuality was a significant taboo, the couple’s romantic relationship lasted for about two of the seven years they shared a home.
In her book, “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox,” which features an excerpt that was published in The Guardian, author Lois Banner discusses Marilyn’s skepticism over her sexuality.
“She had affairs with many eminent men –- baseball great Joe DiMaggio, playwright Arthur Miller, director Elia Kazan, actor Marlon Brando, singer Frank Sinatra, the Kennedy brothers –- and she married DiMaggio and Miller,” Banner writes. “Yet she desired women, had affairs with them, and worried that she might be lesbian by nature.”
She continues, “How could she be the world’s heterosexual s=x goddess and desire women? How could she have the world’s most perfect body on the outside and have such internal imperfections? Why was she unable to bear a child? The adult Marilyn was haunted by these questions.”
To her close friend and actor Tom Jordan, Marilyn Monroe once admitted to sleeping with Lytess and wondered, “Why not? S=x is something you do with people you like. What could be wrong with a natural act?”
Miss Lytess recalls that Miss Monroe was “not beautiful” when they first met in 1946, when she was 20 years old.
She said in a 1962 interview that ‘She couldn’t speak, she didn’t know how to open her mouth, and she feared everything.’
Ironically, Lytess said that Ms. Monroe wasn’t even a fan of s=x.
Recently, a Lytess interview was found, in which she discusses the relationship. She claims that Monroe had so low self-esteem that, even during filming, she frequently needed Lytess’ support.
“Very often, during close-ups I had to hold her hand. I had to support her every time. Thanks to the specificities of the close-up – which films only the head or the shoulders – I could hold her hand without being filmed by the camera. I had to do it to give her some courage.”
Lytess claims that Marilyn Monroe’s image as an excessively sexual Hollywood superstar wasn’t all it appeared to be.
“She was afraid of giving up all that had made her as Marilyn the s=xiest girl: dresses, make-up, moves. Because she thought she had nothing to give except s=x appeal. In fact it’s interesting because she really hated s=x! Yes Marilyn. She hates s=x. She was afraid of that. When someone told her, ‘You look s=xy,’ she did not like that.”
They were so close, according to Natasha, who passed away from cancer in 1964, that even while they were filming a scene, the actress would frequently urge that they hold hands because they had been together for 10 years.
She said in the interview, “I was always very close to her on the set.”
‘I had to be so close to her that she was always asking: “Can she be a little bit closer to me?” The director answered, “Yes but we see her in the camera.”
‘Very often, during close-ups I had to hold her hand. I had to support her every time.
‘Thanks to the specificities of the close-up – which films only the head or the shoulders – I could hold her hand without being filmed by the camera. I had to do it to give her some courage.’
Despite Ms. Monroe’s admissions of other sexual liaisons, particularly with well-known women like Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich, their bond with Lytess appears to have been more emotional than anything else. Furthermore, it’s unclear if Marilyn preferred men or women. Although she had three legal marriages, Lois Banner claimed in Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox that Lytess and Marilyn also cohabited.
The well-known actress was once discovered in bed with a bottle of sleeping tablets by the acting instructor, who claimed to have saved her from dying.
‘I saw Marilyn in her bed, her hair was uncombed, she was not really covered up and her face was awfully pale. Her cheeks were swelled and she had a vacant look. I said, “What have you done Marilyn?”
‘She answered, “Nothing.” And I violently slapped her because I was terrified you know. I opened her mouth and it was full of an awful green thing.
‘I do not know what it was but I took it from her mouth with my hand. She had swallowed sixteen sleeping pills.
‘The doctor told me that dose was so high that it could have killed her. At that moment of her life she wanted to kill herself because she was lost.’
Surprisingly, some authors have continued to invent facts and controversies about Marilyn despite the intricacies and scandals of the young actress’ life. The late biographer C. David Heymann made up or exaggerated many of the events surrounding Monroe’s death and her relationship with the Kennedys, as The Inquisitr has documented. Even if the scandalous deeds helped sell a lot of books, this tale demonstrates that reality may often be far more romantic and engaging than fiction.