Marilyn Monroe is still regarded as a pop culture icon decades after her death. Monroe was born and raised in Los Angeles, and spent the majority of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage. Monroe’s father’s identity has always been a mystery, but it appears that it is about to be revealed.

“Marilyn, Her Final Secret,” an investigative documentary shedding light on the identity of Marilyn Monroe‘s biological father, whom she never met, was recently completed by Label News. The documentary, directed by Francois Pomès, is based on an exclusive DNA study conducted by Ludovic Orlando, a molecular archaeologist working in Southern France. 

Orlando used a hair sample from Monroe provided by John Reznikoff, a well-known auctioneer and authenticator, as well as a saliva sample from Monroe’s suspected father, Charles Stanley Gifford’s great-grandchild. Monroe’s desperate efforts to find and connect with her father, as well as the scientific journey to come up with DNA evidence, are chronicled in the documentary, which weaves archive footage and interviews.

“The hair that we used from Monroe was collected by the person who embalmed her body the day she died and we were able to draw up 22% of her genetic profile from that thanks to a DNA fragment found in the keratin,” said Pomès, who is also producing the documentary for Label News. The director-producer said he “spent years and sleepless nights” to deliver this one-hour documentary and reveal once and for all who Monroe’s father was,” as well as break a “family secret.”

 “The thing that I touched me the most was seeing the reaction of Gifford’s family who were overwhelmed by this irrefutable evidence,” Pomès said. “Marilyn, Her Final Secret” will premiere in June on French channel Toute l’Histoire. It has been sold by Mediawan Rights to RTBF (Belgium), RTS (Switzerland), SBS (Australia), Canal Plus/Iti Neovision (Poland), RTVE (Espagne), HRT (Croatie), Channel 8 (Israël), Welt (Germany), Radio Canada – RDI (Canada) and Air France.

The commercial arm of the media group, Mediawan Rights, is selling both the French and English-language versions. Monroe’s DNA research has uncovered other aspects, which Label News is developing into a documentary sequel. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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