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Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe

Actress, Model, and Singer


Who was Marilyn Monroe?

Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and was raised under the name Norma Jeane Baker. Marilyn's birth certificate names Martin E. Mortensen as her father, however her mother had separated from him before her pregnancy and she immediately changed Marilyn's name to Baker, the name of her first husband. Throughout her life, Marilyn denied her father was Mortensen.

Marilyn identified Charles Stanley Gifford, a studio co-worker of her mother, as her real father. Although Gifford denied he was the father of Marilyn, DNA testing in 2022 finally confirmed he was the father using a strand of Marilyn's hair that was kept by her funeral director, and a DNA sample from Gifford's granddaughter.

Famous Kin

It is through Charles Gifford that Marilyn has her connections to so many famous kin. She is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke. Marilyn Monroe also has a kinship with both President Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen A. Douglas. It was Senator Douglas who participated with Abraham Lincoln in the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. There are also a number of presidential and royal connections in Marilyn's ancestry including one of the latest additions to the current royal family, Prince George.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Marilyn Monroe

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Margaret de Audley

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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.

9th cousin
via Rev. Thomas Mayhew Jr.

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

20th cousin
via Edmund Fitzalan

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

18th cousin 2 times removed
via John de Welles

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Warren

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund Freeman

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

13th cousin
via William Grindall

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Henry Howard Sessions

Railroad Car Inventor

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Howland

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Vanessa Hudgens

TV, Movie and Stage Actress

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Howland

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Martha Plimpton

TV, Movie & Stage Actress

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Howland

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Anthony Edwards

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Warren

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Anthony Edwards

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin
via William Barstow

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Levi Parsons Morton

22nd U.S. Vice-President

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Howland

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Mitchell

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

10th cousin 3 times removed
via Francis Cooke

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Ralph Earle

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard Church

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Philip Taber

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Zoeth Howland

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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Fitzalan

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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Humphrey Stafford

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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Robert de Ferrers

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

20th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Ros

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

20th cousin
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Please note: The ancestor reports on this website have been compiled from thousands of different sources, many over 100 years old. These sources are attached to each ancestor so that you can personally judge their reliability. As with any good genealogical research, if you discover a link to your own family tree, consider it a starting point for further research. It is always preferable to locate primary records where possible. FamousKin.com cannot and does not guarantee the accuracy and reliability of these sources.