James Dougherty

Born Apr 12, 1921

James Edward Dougherty was an American policeman who rose to fame for being the first husband of Marilyn Monroe.

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1921 Birth Born on April 12, 1921.


1938 17 Years Old He attended Van Nuys High School, graduating in 1938 alongside Jane Russell, where he was active in theater and a member of the football team. … Read More


1942 21 Years Old On June 19, 1942, Dougherty and Monroe married at the home of Chester Howell in Los Angeles. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old In 1943, Dougherty joined the United States Merchant Marine. … Read More
1944 23 Years Old He was ordered to boot camp on Santa Catalina Island, California, then sent overseas in 1944. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old She filed for divorce in Las Vegas, Nevada, while he was in Shanghai, China; it was finalized on September 13, 1946. … Read More
1947 26 Years Old Dougherty's second marriage was to Patricia Scoman in 1947, when he joined the LAPD. They had three daughters Cheryl Ann Dougherty (born 1947), Vivian Kathleen Dougherty (born 1950),and Mary Irene Doughtery (born 1952). The couple divorced in 1972.
1950 29 Years Old He was one of the police officers who held back the crowd at the premiere of Monroe's 1950 movie, The Asphalt Jungle, although she was never present at the event herself. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old In To Norma Jeane with Love, Dougherty wrote that they were in love but dreams of stardom lured her away. She always maintained theirs was a marriage of convenience. She was furious when he told Photoplay in 1953 she threatened to jump off the Santa Monica Pier if he left her.
1956 35 Years Old In a 1956 interview, however, she confessed to having attempted suicide during the marriage and stated that she felt trapped and bored by Dougherty, even blaming their marriage on her foster mother. … Read More


1974 53 Years Old In 1974, Dougherty married a third time, to Rita Lambert. The couple relocated to her native Maine, settling in Sabattus. They were married until her death in 2003. … Read More


2004 83 Years Old Dougherty was also featured in a 2004 documentary, called Marilyn's Man. … Read More
2005 84 Years Old Dougherty died on August 15, 2005 in Marin, California of complications related to leukemia. … Read More
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