Marilyn Monroe's death, 50 years on, still sparks notes of controversy with some die-hard fans who don't think her death was suicide. That's why the FBI files that had gone missing - that have now been found - are so important. In fact, however, they reveal very little about her death, but plenty about her life - notably her involvement and friendship with lefties and communists, reports the Telegraph.
Monroe's views were "very positively and concisely leftist. However, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party is it not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles," the files state. The most prominent relationship with a 'communist' that's known about was with "Frederick Vanderbilt Field, who was disinherited from his wealthy family over his leftist views"- although he always denied being a member of the communist party.
His autobiography devotes an entire chapter to a visit Monroe made to him and his wife. The paper quotes the book: "She told us about her strong feelings for civil rights, for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of (FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover."
Her friendship with Field was apparently very problematic, and the files say: "This situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe's entourage and also among the American Communist Group in Mexico." Apparently, her manager even applied for a visa to visit the USSR, which was communist at the time, on her behalf.