DOUGHERTY James (known as Jim)
James Edward Dougherty.
Date of birth : April 12, 1921, California.
Date of death : August 15, 2005, San Rafael, California.
Places of living :
1941 : 14747 Archwood Street, Van Nuys
1942 : with Norma Jeane, 4524 Vista Del Monte, Sherman Oaks District, San Fernando Valley.
1943 : with Norma Jeane, 14747 Archwood Street, Van Nuys (former house of Jim's parents)
with Norma Jeane at Bessemer Street, Van Nuys
with Norma Jeane, Avalon, Catalina Island.
80's and 90's : in Maine.
Funeral services of Drink Water.
Fitter at the Lockheed Aircrat factory, Burbank.
Enlisted in the merchant navy.
National service in South-East Asia.
Policeman in the LAPD (joined in 1947).
Youngest child df a 4 children family, who had lived difficulties during the crisis of 1929.
Pupil fairly hardworking but popular.
He attended Van Nuys High School that attended too in 1941-1942. He played in plays because he was member of the Van Nuys High School Theater Club, "The Masquers" ().
Thanks to his ability in football, he obtained a scholarship for higher education; he refused it to work and help his family. For 6 months he worked at the Funeral Services of Drink Water, then a as fitter, on the nightshift, at the Lockheed Aricraft Factory, in Burbank (bombers construction).
He worked at the Lockheed Aircraft factory and earned enough money to buy a blue Ford touring coupé.
He dated Norma Jeane; his mother Ethel, friend of Grace McKee, often asked him to bring Norma Jeane and Bebe (Eleanor Goddard) back from school (the Goddards, former neighbors of the Doughertys, had moved in and lived, from then on, at Odessa Avenue).
Christmas: Grace McKee asked him to escort Norma Jeane at the ball of the Adel Precision Products (231 South Olive Street, Burbank) where Doc Goddard worked.
With Norma Jeane they went moving around by foot or by car; they went on Mulholland Drive to watch the lights of Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley.
June 19, 1942 : wedding with Norma Jeane, at Mr and Mrs Chester Howell's house,432 South Bentley Avenue, West Los Angeles (Grace McKee had chosen this house because she thought that the spiral staircase would allowed Norma Jeane to make a theatrical arrival) :
The celebration began at 8.30 PM.
Celebrated by Reverend Benjamin Lingenfelder, from the Christian Science Church; Gladys Baker and the Goddards were missing.
Wedding certificate :
They lived 4524 Vista Del Monte Avenue, Sherman Oaks :
They didn't have a honeymoon but spent a week-end of fishing at Sherwood Lake :
Norma Jeane left school and had to make her own way because she was then considered as an adult by the society.
December 1942 :they left their apartment and settled in the former house of Jim's parents, 14747 Archwood Street, Van Nuys; the Duoghertys had moved in a larger house in North Hollwyood.Later, they moved in a house in Bessemer Street.
Summer or fall: Jim enlisted in the merchant navy; with Norma Jeane, they lived in Avalon, on Catalina Island (for a year).
Catalina Zoo :
Jim was dealing with the training of the new inductees (); their reltionship deteriorated; he blamed her about her provoking clothes. Jim's jealousy increased more when she became the idol during a party animated by the Stan Kenton band, at the casino fo Catalina.
In spring, Jim left for the Pacific, in order to have an active part in the war in South East Asia; he promised her to start a family when he would be back from the war; she went to live at her mother-in-law's house who found her a job at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory.
On August 2, Norma Jeane entered the Blue Book Model Agency.
They spent a week-end at the LaFonda Motor Lodge, during one of Jim's leaves.
Christmas : Jim came back from the war and gave Norma Jeane an ultimatum : to choose between a modeling life and an exemplary spouse and housekeeper life; she left her mother-in-law's house.
March 16, party at the Coconut Grove of the Ambassador hotel :
April : Jim was back; Norma Jeane lived then with Gladys Baker.
July 5 : she asked for the divorce in Las Vegas (,); at that time she lived at GraceMcKee's aunt home, Minnie Willette, because the, living in Nevada, she could obtain the divorce more quickly.
In August, Jim, in Shanghai where he was stationed, received the notification that the divorce had began
On September 13, at 2.00 PM : Jim didn't attend the hearing in front of the judge of the County, Clark A.S Henderson, in Las Vegas; Norma Jeane obtained the divorce :
In the dividing of the shared possessions, she obtained the car.
Certification of the divorce :
He joined the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department); he knew
He joined the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department); he knewJack Clemmons, who informed him about Marilyn's death on August 5, 1962.
In 1947 he married Patricia Scoman; they had 3 daughters : Cheryl Ann (November 27, 1947, California), Vivian Kathleen (March 3, 1950, California) and Mary Irene (May 14, 1952 California). They divorced in May 1972 in Los Angeles.
Bibliography"The Secret Happiness of Marilyn Monroe", James E. Dougherty, Chicago, Playboy Press, 1976.