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Marilyn with Arthur Miller and Hugo the Basset Hound. Marilyn and Arthur would sometimes spoon-feed Hugo whisky to cheer him up.
Maf was a gift from Frank Sinatra. Maf's origins have been in confusion because Joe DiMaggio, who was increasingly close to Marilyn again after her divorce from Arthur Miller, was very jealous of Marilyn's friendship with Sinatra. To dodge any ill feeling, it seems that Marilyn would tell some people that Maf was a gift from her publicist, Pat Newcomb.
Marilyn with Frank Sinatra in 1962, and Marilyn, Maf and James Haspiel (thanks mmonroemaniac for correcting the information), a Marilyn superfan.
The truth points to Maf being a gift from Sinatra and that the name "Mafia" was a funny reference to Sinatra's mafia links. Maf was a white Maltese terrier, although Marilyn sometimes referred to him as a poodle, and he is described as such on his first license (see below).
It is believed that Sinatra bought Maf from Natalie Woods' mother, Maria, a dog breeder who apparently would make regular trips to the UK and bring dogs back to America. Andrew O'Hagan, the author of The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe interviewed Betsy Blair, the ex-wife of Gene Kelly, who told O'Hagan that Maria bought Maf in Sussex in 1960 and that Maf originally came from a breeder near Aviemore in Scotland. Frank Sinatra gave Maf to Marilyn in 1961 while in New York. Marilyn would let Maf sleep on a white fur coat given to her by Arthur Miller. Maf was sent to Marilyn to live with her in Hollywood once she bought a house in Brentwood and intended to make it her permanent home.
Some people subscribe to the Pat Newcomb story, but Marilyn said herself to George Barris:
"I live here all alone with my snowball, my little white poodle - he was given to me by my dear old friend Frank Sinatra. I call him Maf."
Photos of Maf as a puppy, taken by Marilyn
Merry X-mas! Take good care of M.M.!
P.S. Don't let the little package hurt your feelings but take the hint!
When Marilyn died in August 1962, these photos were taken of the back of her home, showing Maf's toys on the lawn.
After Marilyn's death, Maf was adopted by Sinatra's secretary, Glora Lovell. I was sad to find out that Maf was run over by a car and did not outlive Marilyn for long. A tragic sad end for a sweet little dog and his owner.
Maf being taken from Marilyn's home after her death