On January 14, 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio exchanged vows at San Francisco’s City Hall and the world couldn’t get enough of the news surrounding their nuptials. The all-American icons were a picture perfect couple in all of their photos, but like much of Marilyn’s too-short life, things were notoriously rocky between the pair right from the start. Joe’s career as the most famous member of the New York Yankees was winding down just as Marilyn’s career as a blonde bombshell was reaching its peak — one of many issues that quickly ended their marriage just nine months after they said “I do.” Still, their relationship remains one of the most legendary Hollywood romances in history.
That’s because despite their divorce, the pair remained close throughout the rest of Marilyn’s life. The actress often relied on her ex-husband when her troubles with mental health began spiraling out of her control. Joe would also go on to make all of the funeral arrangements after her tragic passing in 1962. Take a look below to remember more about Marilyn and Joe’s bittersweet love story.