A broke 72-year-old woman confined to a Florida healthcare facility has made a shocking deathbed confession — “I am Marilyn Monroe’s secret daughter!” Nancy Maniscalco Miracle has claimed the Hollywood sex bomb was just 20 when she gave birth to her after an illicit affair with a long-dead New York attorney! Now, with death lurking around the corner, Miracle is determined to tell her story. Click through RadarOnline.com's gallery to find out more!
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“My mother was ambitious and thought having an illegitimate baby could only derail her career!” said Miracle, who’s been bedridden at Key West Health and Rehabilitation since shattering her hip in October.
Miracle said Monroe and her lover, Vincent Bruno, placed her with close friends — a wealthy New York family that raised her as their own. “Officially, I didn’t exist,” Miracle said from her bed. “But apart from the fact I didn’t know who my mother was, I grew up happy.”
The woman she knew as her mother — Jenny Maniscalco — told everyone that Miracle was her daughter. But privately, Maniscalco asked Miracle to call her “Aunt Mom.”
What’s more, the iconic big-screen sexpot often stopped by their home, Miracle said. But she thought nothing of the visits since the family was plugged into the New York social scene.
It was only after the Some Like It Hot star died of a drug overdose at 36 in 1962, and Bruno’s death in the years after, that Miracle’s “mother” Maniscalco revealed the truth to her. “It was heartbreaking,” Miracle recalled. “I would have liked to have known who my mother was before she died.”
As an adult, Miracle made her own name as an English professor in New York, St. Louis and Hawaii. In 2013, she wrote a book about her mother and her own journey called From Sardi’s to Sicily: The Biography of Marilyn Monroe.
“I don’t want anything from my mother,” Miracle said, although she’d hoped to go on tour with her story. “But now my health won’t allow it.” Her only comfort is that she’ll soon reconnect with her real mom, she added. “I want to be with her — at last,” Miracle said.
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