Berniece Baker Miracle

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Berniece Baker Miracle
née Monroe

(1919-07-30) July 30, 1919 (age 104)
Venice, California
CitizenshipUnited States
Known forMy Sister Marilyn - 1994 (Book)
  • Jasper Newton Baker (father)
  • Gladys Pearl Baker (mother)

Berniece Baker Miracle (born July 30, 1919) is an American author, known for her memoir My Sister Marilyn (1994) about her half-sister, actress Marilyn Monroe.


Berniece Inez Gladys Baker was born in Venice, California in July 1919. Her parents, Gladys Pearl Baker (née Monroe, 1902–1984) and Jasper Newton "Jap" Baker (1886–1951), were married in 1917 and had their first child in 1918, older brother Robert Kermit "Jackie" Baker. Following Gladys' divorce, Jasper kidnapped the children and raised them in his native Kentucky, disconnected from their mother, who gave birth to her third and final child in 1926, Norma Jean Baker.[1]

In 1933, Robert Kermit died from kidney failure at the age of 14. Two years later, Berniece attended Pineville High School and married Paris Miracle on October 7, 1938. Their only child, Mona Rae Miracle, was born shortly thereafter.

Marilyn Monroe

During her pregnancy, Miracle received a letter from her mother Gladys, confirming that she was alive, revealing that she had been hospitalized for several years, and informing Miracle of her half-sister, Norma Jean. After exchanging letters and pictures for a long period, the two half-sisters finally met in 1944.[1]

Following Norma Jean's rise to fame and turn into Marilyn Monroe, Miracle stayed in touch with her half-sister, who visited her in Gainesville in 1961. One year later, Monroe died, leaving Miracle $10,000 in her final will. She arranged her funeral, along with Monroe's ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio.[2]

I don't think she committed suicide. It could have been an accident, because I had just talked to her a short time before. She told me what she had planned to do, she had just bought a new house and she was working on the curtains of the windows. She had so many things to look forward to and she was so happy. The memoir My Sister Marilyn was published in 1994, 50 years after Miracle met her sister for the first time. It sheds the light on Miracle‘s childhood years, her famed half-sister and the series of mental illnesses that ran through the family.

Personal Life

Miracle worked as a manufacturing inspector, bookkeeper and costume designer. On October 23, 1990, her husband Paris passed away. Today, Miracle still lives in Gainesville with her daughter Mona and has mostly shunned the media. She Centenarian|turned 100 in July 2019.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Vriesema, Ingmar (2016-02-22). Geschwister berühmter Menschen: Maja Einstein, Chris Jagger, Hugo Maradona, Ottla Kafka & viele mehr (in Deutsch). Kein & Aber AG. ISBN 978-3-0369-9331-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY BERNIECE BAKER MIRACLE -". 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2020-09-06.

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