And Joe DiMaggio who supplied the biggest screen divorce story of the year, may also come up with the largest reconciliation. At this writing, Marilyn still has her divorce on file, but Joe, with time for reflection, seems to think he acted too hastily in walking out on his blonde bride. And he was the one who did the walking, of that you can be sure even though Marilyn hastily applied for the divorce. Joe was blazingly angry at something about which he wouldn’t talk. The rumor mill has been working overtime to try to come up with an answer. But Joe took the first active step toward a reconciliation when he visited Marilyn while she was hospitalized for minor surgery. It was the concern that a man shows for his wife and not a divorced mate. If they reconcile, and we believe they will, both Marilyn and Joe will have to learn a little more of the old game of give and take which has saved many marriages. Certainly Marilyn has no intention of chucking over her career and Joe will have to accept that fact – just as Marilyn will have to accept the fact that a marriage brings responsibility to the home. The highly publicized separation could be the best thing that ever happened to that marriage. We believe the reconciliation will be as sudden as the divorce. Marilyn needs a long rest, which a second honeymoon could provide – rather than the publicity field day occasioned by their first.
[Source: Movieland; February 1955]
There were rumors of the two reuniting in February 1961, but though Joe nursed Marilyn through this tough moment in her life, the two never remarried. Maybe they found each other again in that great baseball diamond in the sky.
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