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Marilyn Monroe’s ‘last relative’ who shunned the limelight has changed her name after revealing all on aunt 10 years ago

THE last living relative to have known Marilyn Monroe has changed her name and spent the last decade living out of the public eye in a retirement village.

Mona Rae Miracle, now Booth, is the daughter of the legendary actress' only sister, Berniece Baker Miracle.

In 2012, Mona Rae Miracle released a book on Marilyn with her mom Berniece Baker MiracleCredit: Getty
Marilyn is pictured with sister Berniece Baker MiracleCredit: Refer to Sunday Times Picture Desk

She is the last genuine family connection left to the legendary actress, who died in 1962 and whose life is being portrayed in a new movie called Blonde, released this week.

The only other known living relative is Francine Deir, 76, from Virginia, who only found out this year that she is connected to Marilyn.

That came after a French film company matched up her DNA through her grandfather - and Marilyn's father - Charles Gifford.

He always denied fathering the star and refused to meet her. 

The US Sun can now reveal that Marilyn's niece Mona, 83, is living in a retirement community in North Carolina.

She has been there since at least 2013 and has been featured a number of times in their annual report.

The U.S. Sun has contacted Deerfield for comment.

We can also reveal that Mona has also changed her surname to Booth, according to records obtained by The US Sun.

It's unclear where her new surname comes from and whether Mona ever had children.

But she enjoyed a close relationship with Marilyn, with the pair sharing just a 13-year age gap.

In 2012, she released a book on Marilyn with her mom, entitled “My Sister Marilyn: A Memoir of Marilyn Monroe”. 

At the time of writing, Berniece was 92, and died two years later.

The book told the story of their 25-year relationship as half-siblings after Marilyn was raised in an orphanage and foster homes.

The actress found out about Berniece when she was 12 years old.

Mona told The Mirror at the time of the book’s release that she and Marilyn had a close bond and would dress up together, share jokes, and Marilyn would give her advice on boys.

She would also lavish presents on Berniece and Mona - including her first wedding dress to childhood sweetheart Jimmy Dougherty - when she was just 16. 

Mona said: “She’d send us parcels of clothes she didn’t want anymore. What a thrill that was. We weren’t wealthy, but we had these terrific outfits.

“I still have it [the wedding dress]. It was just beautiful, a white, ballerina-length dress. We had it altered into a party dress and I wore it on my first date when I was 14.”

After the book’s release, as quickly as Mona came into the limelight, she disappeared again. 

Her new home at Deerfield is said to offer a variety of services, with assisted or independent living, for 630 residents across a 125-acre campus with prices starting at around $4,500 a month. 

There’s a swimming pool, arts and crafts studio, computer lab, gym, pottery studio with kiln, hairdressers, and a host of cafes and bars. 

Mona appears to be an artist and writer, with another resident, author Celia Miles, commending her for designing the front cover of two of her books. 

In 2015, Mona donated to the community’s “Art League”, in 2016 to the “residents assistant fund” and, in 2020, to the “Woodshop Fund”.

It’s unclear where Mona got her money from, certainly not Marilyn’s estate, as the Hollywood great was worth just $800,000 when she died and only gave $10,000 to Berniece.

The main beneficiaries were Marilyn’s New York psychiatrist Dr Marianne Kris and acting coach, Lee Strasberg, who was given 25 percent and 75 percent respectively of her intellectual property rights. 

When Dr Kris died in 1980, she bequeathed her portion of the estate to the Anna Freud Centre in London, which was set up for children with mental health problems.

On Strasberg’s death, his share went to his third wife, Venezuelan actress Anna Mizrahi, whom Marilyn had met only once. She married Strasberg at 28, when he was 66.

She hired CMG Worldwide, a company that specializes in managing the estates of dead celebrities, to license Monroe products and made millions.

CMG CEO Mark Roesler told NPR: "We did hundreds and hundreds of programs with companies like Mercedes-Benz to Coca-Cola to fragrance, clothing, giftware, collectibles, paper products, things like that."

Anna, now also 83, sold The Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC, to Authentic Brands Group for up to $30 million in 2012.

They also own the rights to dead and alive stars such as Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and Shaquille O’Neal.

It’s now a ruthless business with Authentic Brands clamping down on anyone trying to use Marilyn’s image.

There have been 24 lawsuits since they took control, according to Pacer, with four currently active.

The legendary actress died in 1962Credit: Getty
Medical attendants remove the body of Marilyn Monroe from her homeCredit: Getty
The postcard written from Marilyn Monroe, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Paris Miracle, her half-sister Berniece and her husbandCredit: Getty