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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.

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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Judith Hoag

TV and Movie Actress

13th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Sherman

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Sonny Dove

NYC Basketball Hall of Fame

10th cousin 2 times removed
via Henry Howland

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Enoch Pratt

Founder of Enoch Pratt Free Library

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Experience Mitchell

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Glenn Close

Movie, Television, and Stage Actress

12th cousin
via John Riddlesdale

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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

20th cousin
via Richard FitzAlan

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Walter Blount

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

8th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

19th cousin
via Margaret de Audley

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

20th cousin
via William de Montagu

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Edmund FitzAlan

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

21st cousin
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin
via John de Welles

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

11th cousin 2 times removed
via William Grindall

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Margaret de Audley

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Montagu

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Howland

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

8th cousin 13 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

6th cousin 11 times removed
via Diego Gomez de Toledo

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Francis Cooke

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Montagu

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 1 time removed
via John de Welles

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