"I know that I will never be happy," said Marilyn Monroe, "but I know that I can be gay!" That statement was backed up by Marilyn's very close pal Peter Lawford, who helped the screen legend negotiate her way through her wild romances with John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. Peter also revealed that he occasionally helped Marilyn enjoy wild lesbian romances, too. In the years since Marilyn's tragic death in 1962 at the age of 36, The National ENQUIRER
has pieced together plenty of Marilyn's romantic conquests of the same-sex variety!
Shortly before his death in 1984, Lawford (pictured here with brother-in-law Robert Kennedy) said: “Monroe’s true orientation was toward women. Her three marriages disguised her real sexual identity. Her relationship with the Kennedys was as much about power and influence as it was about sex. With women, the affairs were more about sex and love.”
On audio tapes made for her psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson — who later became one of the star’s lovers — Marilyn confessed to sexual encounters with Barbara Stanwyck, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford. On a tape made public after the doctor’s 1979 death by former L.A. County Prosecutor John Miner, Monroe revealed: “We went to Joan’s bedroom. Crawford had a gigantic orgasm and shrieked like a maniac. Next time I saw her, she wanted another round … and I turned her down.”
Close confidante Lawford, who acted as a go-between for the married Kennedys and the blonde, revealed: "Marilyn decided not to have a long affair with Crawford because she didn't trust Joan, who could be cruel and demanding and hated being shown up by another woman. Marilyn made the right decision. Joan became particularly spiteful after Marilyn refused to go to bed with her again."
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE 1953 DIRECTED BY JEAN NEGULESCO
Not every Hollywood starlet was so eager to fall into bed in Marilyn. Back in 1953, Betty Grable and Marilyn were both hot properties in Hollywood. (They're pictured here with Lauren Bacall in 1953's "How to Marry a Millionaire.") Monroe tried to seduce Grable, but was rejected! Betty later went public about Marilyn's love for women, and said that Marilyn essentially stalked her — and the star’s relentless pursuit was “sometimes scary!”
But Marilyn did find true love in the arms of a woman, said Lawford. Acting coaches Paula Strasberg and Natasha Lytess (pictured) swept the young blonde off her feet. In 1950, Marilyn shacked up with Natasha — who, claimed Lawford, "gave her the kind of love she desperately needed, and didn't get from men!"
Marilyn also told her close friend Ted Jordan that she was romantically involved with Natasha. "Why not?" she shrugged. "Sex is something you do with people you love. What could be wrong with a natural act?"
The "Some Like It Hot" legend also chased after 16-year-old Jane Lawrence, who ran her fan club. Marilyn's seduction of the cute young thing was carefully rehearsed. Marilyn, then 29, invited Jane to her apartment to help with some domestic chores.
But it turned out that the fan-club president was no stranger to lesbian advances. Jane later said: "With the other girls, there was often a shyness and hesitancy — not the hunger and confidence Marilyn displayed!"
With men, however, Marilyn never took charge! She portrayed her bedroom encounters with JFK as "a soldier doing her duty for America's commander in chief. He says, 'You do this' — you do it. He says, 'Do that,' and you do that. I have done some of my best acting convincing partners that I was in the throes of ecstasy!"