James Dougherty (police officer)
|Born||James Edward Dougherty
April 12, 1921
|Died||August 15, 2005
|Known for||First husband of Marilyn Monroe|
Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Dougherty, née Mortenson) (m. 1942–1946)
|Parent(s)||Ethel Dougherty (mother) (deceased)
Edward Dougherty (father) (deceased)
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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