Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary proof. So if someone where to tell you that they had contact with the spirit of Marilyn Monroe you would naturally want some proof. That’s why I going to provide a series of revelations that prove that Marilyn’s spirit has contacted me and has given me some insight into her life and death.
This revelation has to do with thoughts scribbled by Marilyn Monroe on a couple of pages ripped from an Italian day planner about a fear of a man named Peter. It’s important to note these musings were not written for public consumption. They were most likely stream of consciousness dumps, probably an exercise recommended by her shrink, which were nothing more than an exploration of emotions. The pages these musings were on was included in the book Fragments and the publishers erroneously theorized that the Peter referred to in the writing was Peter Lawford. Because the name Jack also appears in the same blurb the editors were quick to speculate that the names might be referring to John F. Kennedy and his brother-in-law, Lawford.
It may have been an honest mistake, or it may have been purposeful misrepresentation designed to sell books. Either way, the mainstream media took the bait and even a reliable publication like Vanity Fair repeated the claim that the Peter was Peter Lawford. Knowing that the Jack was obviously not JFK, Vanity Fair correctly reasoned that the Jack Marilyn was referring to was Jack Cole. But they still repeated the error that the Peter might be Lawford. This allowed more gossip oriented publications to quote the Vanity Fair article using more sensational headlines.
Here’s how the website Data Lounge covered the story:
Peter Lawford gay, says Marilyn Monroe
Vanity Fair is doing a story on newly published material written by Marilyn. Monroe’s final writings, however, do not concern a renewed love for DiMaggio but rather detail her fear of actor Peter Lawford, brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy. Monroe met Kennedy at Lawford’s home in November 1961.
Noting the “strange look in his eyes,” the actress wrote that she was “afraid of Peter” and that “he might harm me, poison me, etc.” Later in the same entry, Monroe details why she felt Lawford had something against her: “I felt very uneasy at different times with him. The real reason I was afraid of him is because I believe him to be homosexual — not in the way I love & respect and admire (Jack) [Note: Likely a reference to Jack Cole, a personal friend of Monroe’s who coached and choreographed her dancing in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’], who I feel have talent and wouldn’t be jealous of me because I wouldn’t really want to be me. Whereas Peter wants to be a woman — and would like to be me — I think.”
I’m not the first to say that the Peter in this musing is not Peter Lawford. Marilyn biographer Lois Banner correctly points out that’s it’s most likely not Peter Lawford. Her theory is that the Peter is Peter Leonardi. It’s a theory that makes much more sense than Lawford but I believe that’s the wrong Peter also. You see, the revelation from the spirit of Marilyn Monroe was this:
So the revelation from the spirit of Marilyn was “I was comparing one dancer/choreographer to another.” That still doesn’t tell us who the Peter was but it does rule out both Lawford and Leonardi. So who was Peter? That’s going to take some more research. Let’s go back to the beginning and begin our search for clues.
In 2010 an archive of personal Marilyn Monroe documents was compiled for a book call Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Vanity Fair magazine published an article about the book Fragments. This excerpt from that article explains the back story to the the documents and also includes a shameful attack on Lawford:
Marilyn left the archive, along with all her personal effects, to her acting teacher Lee Strasberg, but it would take a decade for her estate to be settled. Strasberg died in February 1982, outliving his most famous student by 20 years, and in October 1999 his third wife and widow, Anna Mizrahi Strasberg, auctioned off many of Marilyn’s possessions at Christie’s, netting over $13.4 million, but the Strasbergs continue to license her image, which brings in millions more a year. The main beneficiary is the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, on 15th Street off Union Square, in New York City. It is, you might say, the house that Marilyn built.
Several years after inheriting the collection, Anna Strasberg found two boxes containing the current archive, and she arranged for the contents to be published this fall around the world—in the U.S. as Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The archive is a sensational discovery for Marilyn’s biographers and for her fans, who still want to rescue her from the taint of suicide, from the accusations of tawdriness, from the layers of misconceptions and distortions written about her over the years. Now at last we have an unfiltered look inside her mind.
And for conspiracy theorists who have always suspected foul play, there is an intriguing note to the effect that Marilyn might have distrusted and even feared J.F.K.’s brother-in-law Peter Lawford, who was the last person to speak to her on the phone. In the handsome, green, engraved Italian diary, probably dating to around 1956, she had appended this fearful note to a short list of people she loved and trusted:
the feeling of violence I’ve had lately
about being afraid of Peter he might harm me, poison me, etc. why—strange look in his eyes—strange behavior
in fact now I think I know why he’s been here so long because I have a need to be frighten[ed]—and nothing really in my personal relationships (and dealings) lately have been frightening me—except for him—I felt very uneasy at different times with him—the real reason I was afraid of him—is because I believe him to be homosexual—not in the way I love & respect and admire [Jack] who I feel feels I have talent and wouldn’t be jealous of me because I wouldn’t really want to be me whereas Peter wants to be a woman—and would like to be me—I think
Marilyn and Lawford, the British actor and bon vivant, had first met in Hollywood in the 1950s. “Jack” is probably Jack Cole, the dancer-choreographer who befriended and coached Marilyn on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and There’s No Business Like Show Business. (She would not meet “Jack” Kennedy until five years later.)
Source: Vanity Fair
Here's what the pages look like:
Why it’s not Peter Lawford.
Marilyn knew Lawford from her earliest days as a Hollywood starlet. They even went out once or twice, always with an another couple or in a group. They didn’t hit it off and became at best social acquaintances. By the mid fifties, when this was written, Lawford had married and Marilyn had left Hollywood for New York. She didn’t have any contact with Lawford during this time. It’s doubtful in those New York years, when she was founding her production company and marrying Arthur Miller, that she even gave Lawford a passing thought. In the 60’s, when she returned to LA, she would again have contact with him. She became friends with his wife and Lawford was a friend of man Marilyn was involved with, Frank Sinatra.
So musing about Lawford just doesn’t fit the time period or the place in which she is writing, which is the mid 50’s, New York. When this was written she probably hadn’t seen or heard from Lawford for over 5 years.
Do we know when it was written? The same page has a reference to Dr H. Marilyn was seeing Dr Hohenberg from mid 1955 to early 1957. Lois Banner realized the reference was not to Lawford and her theory is it’s to Peter Leonardi. It’s not a bad guess but I don’t think it’s correct. Leonardi was Marilyn’s hairdresser and gopher in 1955. He was around in the heady days when Monroe and Greene were putting together the new production company. The sky was the limit in their hopes and plans and according to Leonardi, promises were made that he would be set up with his own salon.
Leonardi fits the time period. The two even had a falling out. At the end of 1955 when things with the production company weren’t happening as quickly as hoped for in the beginning, Leonardi grew impatient. A bizarre incident ensued with Leonardi taking Marilyn’s furs hostage. It was all settled quickly and there’s no evidence it led to any long term animosity between them. Like everyone else who betrayed Marilyn’s confidence he was simply dispatched. It’s obvious Marilyn thought fondly of Peter Leonardi during their time together. She sent a note to his mother expressing how “wonderful” her son was.
There’s also a birthday card to MM from Leonardi, sent in 1956, that Marilyn saved for the rest of her life. That to me doesn’t sound like someone she was afraid of.
So who is the mystery Peter?
You won’t find this Peter in any biographies about Marilyn Monroe. For the clue to crack this case you must turn to the FBI files on Marilyn. There you will find a file about Peter Haden-Guest. According to this file Haden-Guest was a “friend” of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in the mid fifties, so it’s the right time period. And Peter Haden-Guest was a dancer/choreographer, just like Jack Cole. Peter creeped her out. Monroe wasn’t disparaging homosexuals in this writing. Marilyn worked with several homosexuals and had many gay friends. Peter Haden-Guest was a dancer and choreographer who Marilyn thought was gay. It’s these three factors that made Marilyn draw a parallel with Jack Cole. Cole was a taskmaster, he was demanding and was often very cruel to his dancers. Yet Marilyn had no fear of Cole, he was someone she respected and admired. Cole also respected Marilyn’s talent, while this guy Haden-Guest apparently didn’t. He made her feel that he could be a better version of Marilyn than she was. For some reason Peter Haden-Guest made her uncomfortable and she’s exploring those feelings in this scribble. It’s dangerous to read too much into these musings. You certainly should not come away with the impression she was afraid of someone because he was homosexual. Marilyn’s shrink in later years, Dr Greenson wrote things about her that might tend to support the erroneous position that Monroe was afraid of homosexuals. What Greenson is misrepresenting is Marilyn’s fear that if she were to indulge her same-sex yearnings, that indulgence might be exposed and it could ruin her career. These were very intolerant times.
Could anyone living verify this revelation?
It’s doubtful anyone can say with certainty that they know the Peter is Peter Haden-Guest. His son is a Hollywood actor who is married to Jamie Lee Curtis. He might be able to shed light on his fathers friendship with the Millers. The Lawford children could step up and defend their father from this accusation but it’s doubtful they will since it’s been 8 years and they haven’t said anything yet. They could confirm if one of their parents was most likely gay but they won’t. They are Kennedys after all, and when it comes to anything about Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedys stay quiet. It doesn’t matter who’s reputation is trampled.
About Peter Haden-Guest
Peter Albert Michael Haden-Guest (29 August 1913 – 8 April 1996), was a British United Nations diplomat and member of the British House of Lords. A dancer and choreographer who performed as Peter Michael with the Markova-Dolin Ballet, Ballet Divertissement, Ballet Theatre, Ballet Joos, and the Repertory Dance Theatre from 1935 until 1945, Haden-Guest was a United Nations official from 1946 to 1972. He inherited his title (4th Baron) in 1987.
Upon his death, Lord Haden-Guest was succeeded by his son Christopher, an actor who is married to the actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
Excerpt from a People.com article about Christopher Haden-Guest:
CONTRARY TO MOVIE LEGEND, TONY CURTIS never said, “Yon-dah lies the castle of my foddah.” But the next time he’s in Saling, Essex, to the northeast of London, he can, if he wants to, say, “Yonder lies the barony of my son-in-law,” since director Christopher Guest, husband of Tony’s daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, just inherited the title of Lord Haden-Guest.
Guest, 48, succeeds his father, Peter Haden-Guest, who died April 8 at age 82. The title isn’t exactly venerable, dating back only to 1950 when it was bestowed on Guest’s grandfather Leslie Haden-Guest, a pioneering physician in child health care and a Labour MP who represented working-class London districts. (Peter’s maternal grandmother was rumored to have been one of the many mistresses of King Edward VII.) After passing to Leslie’s two eldest sons, who died without heirs, the title went to their half brother Peter, who, after a brief career as a ballet dancer, became a high-ranking editor in the publications department of the United Nations in New York City, where Christopher was born and raised.
A one-season-only Saturday Night Live writer, Christopher, whose mother, Jean Hindes, is a former vice president of CBS, went on to direct Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman and The Big Picture, but he is best known for his role as Nigel Tufnel, the dim-witted English guitarist in 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap. Also in ’84 he married Jamie Lee, 37, who now can insist on being addressed as Lady Haden-Guest—but probably won’t.