Marilyn Monroe's Wedding in Waccabuc?
I’ve heard a rumor from various sources that Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in Mead Memorial Chapel in Waccabuc. Is this true?
The short answer is no, but the long answer reveals some interesting historical trivia.
According to many published reports and biographies, the Monroe-DiMaggio wedding took place in 1954 in San Francisco’s City Hall. However, in 2006 Maureen Koehl, Lewisboro’s town historian, admitted that she, too, had heard this rumor from a relative of former Town Clerk Cyrus Russell, who was said to have recalled Monroe and DiMaggio coming to the Russell home after hours to procure a marriage license. Susan Henry, a Mead family member and the archivist at the Mead Memorial Chapel, explained that Monroe did indeed have a wedding in Lewisboro, but not to DiMaggio. Rather, her Waccabuc wedding was to playwright Arthur Miller.
Former Lewisboro Town Clerk Kathleen Cory subsequently confirmed in 2006 that Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe were indeed granted a marriage license from her office on June 29, 1956. Miller and Monroe were married in a civil ceremony at the Westchester Courthouse in White Plains on the same day, reported the New York Times.
While the rumor you heard about Mead Chapel is not true, Miller and Monroe had a Jewish wedding ceremony immediately following her conversion to Judaism, which occurred in a private home in Waccabuc on July 1. (Link to photos.)