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Marilyn Monroe's Jewish Wedding 'Cover Up'

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller

Marilyn Monroe has been dead 50 years, but she continues to fascinate.

Classified files released by the FBI in response to a request by the Associated Press reveal claims that the actress’s Jewish marriage ceremony was “a cover up.”

Monroe married Jewish playwright Arthur Miller in June 1956, but a redacted FBI document quotes an anonymous source that informed the New York Daily News that their religious ceremony was a “cover up”—presumably for Monroe and Miller’s alleged Communist activities. Miller “was still a member of the CP (communist party) and was their cultural front man,” the source was quoted as saying. The source also alleges that Monroe was drifting into the Communist Party orbit, and her production company was filled with Communists and funneling money to the party.

Parts of the FBI’s files on Monroe, dating back to 1955 and continuing on through investigations of her 1962 suicide, can be seen on the FBI’s The Vault website, which posts the agency’s records on celebrities, government officials, spies and criminals.

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Zach Braff and Mitt Romney: Cousins?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Zach Braff, in England right now for the premiere run of “All New People” (his London stage debut — plus, he wrote the play) is surely enjoying the present moment. But it turns out that his past — at least his family’s past — has something to do with another play: “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

It seems that the Jewish Braff is related to the Mormon Presidential candidate Mitt Romney…by way of a Puritan Protestant. That Protestant is Rebecca Nurse, who was falsely accused of practicing witchcraft in the infamous Salem witchcraft trials. She was hanged in 1692. Miller made Nurse a central character in his play about the trials.

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