Was Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with Charlie Chaplin Jr and Eddy Robinson Jr real?

In Blonde (2022), Marilyn Monroe is depicted as having been in a polyamorous relationship with Charlie Chaplin Jr and Eddie Robinson Jr and even becomes pregnant at one point.

Blonde (2022) is actually based on the novel of the same name written by Joyce Carol Oates and is a semi-fictionalized account of the life of Marilyn Monroe. In the film, Monroe meets Eddy Robinson Jr and Charlie “Cass” Chaplin Jr in 1952 and they start a relationship soon after.

Attracting the headlines

Marilyn, Cass and Eddy are constantly seen in public and are the talk of the town as the news of their presumed relationship plaster the front pages of all the tabloids and magazines.

They constantly explore each other’s bodies and appear to be deeply in love with one another. Their entire relationship feels so free and careless as they enjoy every moment. They call themselves the Gemini, after the constellation of fated twins, even though they’re a trio.

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Marylin, Cass and Eddy look up at the stars in the sky

Cass and Eddy always feel the weight of their names and lineage and despise their fortune when it comes to their parentage while they admire Marilyn’s opportunity to create a persona for herself out of scratch because she has no father and was abandoned by her mother.

The relationship ends ambiguously soon after in ’53-’54 Marilyn chooses to have an abortion because she’s worried that her mother’s mental illness could be inherited.

Separating fact from fiction

In reality, while Marilyn did know Eddy and Cass in real life there is no evidence suggesting that they were part of a throuple. Charlie Chaplin Jr did mention that he had an affair with Marilyn in 1947 but even that fact is disputed.

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Charlie “Cass” Chaplin Jr (left) and Eddy Robinson Jr (right)

She is said to have had a brief relationship with Eddy Robinson Jr soon after that but it turned into a close friendship in the end. In the film, Eddy is the one who tells Marilyn about Cass’ death but Cass actually died 6 years after Marilyn did.


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