They Finally Know Who Marilyn Monroe’s Father Was

( Netflix’s new fictionalized film about Marilyn Monroe has left viewers with a lot of questions about the former film siren, mostly because the viewers seem unaware that the film is a piece of fiction.

“Blonde” is not a documentary, but is a fictional account of the movie star’s life based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. And according to its director, Andrew Dominik, it is “all fiction.”

For example, the identity of Marilyn Monroe’s father, who was only confirmed earlier this year, isn’t accurate in the film.

“Blonde” suggests that Monroe’s father is an unnamed actor, not her mother’s husband Martin Mortensen, whose name is listed on Marilyn’s birth certificate.

And while Mortenson wasn’t the father of Norma Jean Mortensen (Marilyn’s real name), he wasn’t an actor as “Blonde” suggests.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed through DNA that Norma Jean’s father was, as was long suspected, a salesman named Charles Stanley Gifford.

In the French documentary “Marilyn, Her Final Secret” released in June, DNA researchers took saliva and cheek swabs from Gifford’s granddaughter, Francine Gifford, and great-granddaughter, Lisa, and compared their DNA to a strand of Marilyn’s hair, confirming a familial match.

According to the documentary, Charles Stanley Gifford was born in 1898. He was working as a motion picture salesman at the time he met Norma Jean’s mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, who worked as a film cutter at RKO Pictures. The pair then began an affair.

Gifford outlived his illegitimate daughter, dying at the age of 66 in 1965.

In the 1996 documentary “Marilyn Monroe: The Moral Goddess,” Marilyn’s ex-husband, police officer James Dougherty, said the film star knew Gifford was her father and had made contact with him before her career took off.

However, when Marilyn phoned Gifford to talk with him, he refused to recognize her and told her to speak with his attorney.

In her autobiography “My Story,” which was released a decade after she died, Marilyn confirmed that she was aware of her biological father’s identity.

Marilyn Monroe died of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills on August 4, 1962, in her Los Angeles home. She was 36 years old.