James Dougherty (police officer)

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James Dougherty
Born James Edward Dougherty
April 12, 1921(1921-04-12)
Texas, U.S.
Died August 15, 2005(2005-08-15) (aged 84)
Marin, California
Nationality American
Occupation Policeman
Known for First husband of Marilyn Monroe
Spouse

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Dougherty, née Mortenson) (m. 1942–1946)
Patricia Dougherty (née Scoman) (m. 1947-1971)

Rita Dougherty (née Lambert) (m. 1974-2003; her death)
Children Cheryl Dougherty
Vivian Dougherty
Mary Dougherty
Parents Ethel Dougherty (mother) (deceased)
Edward Dougherty (father) (deceased)

James Dougherty (born April 12, 1921 – August 15, 2005) was an American policeman in the Los Angeles Police Apartment. He was Marilyn Monroe's first husband.

Early life[change | change source]

Dougherty was born in Texas. His parents were Ethel and Edward Dougherty. He was youngest of five children. His grandparents were immigrant from England and Ireland. When he was a child, he moved to Globe, Arizona with his parents.

He studied at Van Nuys High School and graduated in 1938 along with Jane Russell.

Marriages[change | change source]

At the age of 20 years, he met the unknown Norma Jeane Baker in 1942. She was his neighbor. She was only 16 years-old and they married in Los Angeles. After the wedding, he joined the navy. They separated in 1946. He told the Sun-Journal in 1997, that he was in love with a small town girl, not in a actress. Until Monroe died in 1962, he followed the career of his ex-wife.

In 1947, he married Patricia Scoman. They have three daughters Cheryl Ann Dougherty (born 1947), Vivian Kathleen Dougherty (born 1950), and Maria Irene Dougherty (born 1952). Dougherty and Scoman separated in 1972.

His third wife was Rita Lambert. They married in 1974 and moved to her hometown in Maine. They were married until she died in 2003.

Death[change | change source]

At the age of 84 years, he died in August 2005 of leukemia.

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