DiMaggio and Monroe were divorced in October 1954, just 274 days after they were married. In her filing, Monroe accused her husband of "mental cruelty."
Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were the perfect couple. In the minds of fans, "The greatest woman in the world and the greatest guy in the world. Marilyn was the young, talented, incredibly sexy, rising Hollywood star, and Joe was quite possibly the New York Yankees greatest player of all time. It's well-known, though, that this was not quite the case in reality.
During their nine month marriage in 1954, among other key differences revealed, Joe was possessive, controlling, & abusive towards Marilyn, as well as jealous of the attention her fame brought her, the breaking point being the live NYC filming of the the skirt-lifting scene for "The Seven Year Itch" (1954), which ended up with a livid DiMaggio screaming at Marilyn back at their hotel, then slapping her around.
Marilyn realized that despite their mutual love for each other, they simply couldn’t share their lives together, so she went to famed Celebrity Attorney Jerry Geisler to seek a divorce that DiMaggio definitely didn’t want & he was really hoping for a reconciliation but for Marilyn, things had reached the point of no return, though it was still a very painful decision for her to make, as you can see from one of the divorce announcement photos with Marilyn & Geisler.
Marilyn & Joe later reconnected as friends following her 3rd divorce from Playwright Arthur Miller, & ironically DiMaggio dated several Marilyn look-alikes afterwards, but he never remarried and When the 36-year-old Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, DiMaggio arranged the funeral. For the next two decades, until his own death in 1999, he sent roses several times a week to her grave in Los Angeles.