A love child of the legendary film star Marilyn Monroe is living secretly in Tasmania, according to a forthcoming book by the man who claims to be the father.
He is Ted Jordan, an actor and former stuntman who wrote a book in the late 1980s [Norma Jean: My Secret Life with Marilyn Monroe ] detailing how he was a 20-year-old lifeguard working at the Ambassador Hotel and she was an 18- year-old model.
But there was no mention of any child in that book.
In recent weeks Ted Jordan has revealed he is writing a new book about Marilyn, in which he will expose the corrupt "industry" that has grown out of controversy surrounding her death.
In interviews with American tabloid newspapers, he also said the book would reveal for the first time the existence of Marilyn's daughter.
"Today, she is 43 years old and goes by the name of Nancy Greene," he said. "She's pitifully lonely and has no permanent home.
"She doesn't want anyone to know she's Marilyn daughter, and she lays no claim to her mother's estate. Her only wish is to be left alone."
Ted Jordan, now 66 and living in obscurity south of Los Angeles with his 86-year-old mother, said that the baby was born in the dingy back room of a drugstore in Santa Monica, California. He said that he had waited in another room during the birth.
He had arranged for the birth to take place in the drugstore, known as Doc Law's, because he and Marilyn had previously lived together and they were still friends.
She had not wanted to go to a hospital for fear someone would find out about the birth and her career would be cut off before it started.
While the baby was still only hours old, she was given up for adoption, according to Ted.
But the adoption was unofficial and the adoptive parents turned out to be drug addicts. They abused the child and turned her into an addict.
" Her life has been a living hell," Ted said. "And it still is."
He said the baby had resulted from an affair between Marilyn and an unnamed musician, who was dead. But Ted later changed his story, claiming the child was his own.
He said there was only one other witness to the birth who was alive today.
"Doc told a few friends about the baby, including the kate Leo Carrillo, who played the Cisco Kid's sidekick.
"Marilyn didn't want anything to do with the baby. Insanity ran in her family and ruined her mother's life, and she was terrified the child would be another tragic victim of madness."
Ted said Nancy ran away from her cruel foster parents when she was a teenager, and a drug addict herself.
Shortly afterwards, she fled to Australia with a sailor, was married and divorced and finally settled in Tasmania, where she now spends most of her time as a releigious recluse.
When Woman's Day first began following up the story, Ted proved a difficult man to track down. He has been embroiled in repeated controveries with other authors - one of whom clamined to have been married to Marilyn for one day. Repeatedly Ted has told associates that he keeps his address secret because he fears for his life.
His first book was a big seller both in the United States and Australia. Ted said he kept the fact that Marilyn had a daughter secret in his book because it was nobody's business.
"But there have been so many lies written about Norma Jean that were even worse than the truth, that I have decided to set the record straight." he said. He went on to recount how he and Marilyn had moved in together "for a few months", but things had turned sour, and she had moved on.
During the relationship, however, she had had an abortion.
"Marilyn was pregnant the first time by me. I begged her to have the baby, but with her, career came first," Ted said. "It wasn't just me. She also had had abortions as a result of her ongoing relationship with the head of Twentieth Century-Fox, Joe Skink."
When she got pregnant again, Ted claims it was to him, her old friend, she turned to. "It was about ayear later. She'd taken up with this musician by then...but I don't want to talk about him."
Ted said he drove Marilyn to Tijuana but the doctors there said it was too late for an abortion.
"She adamantly refused to go to hospital. She didn't want the child, of course. She said it was because of the dear of madness, but I think that was just an excuse.
"She was a very lazy person - a real driver as fas as getting her career going, but she had no interest in taking care of a child."
This wasn't the only flash of bitterness that came out as Ted talked about his former sweetheart.
"As a serious actress - it just wasn't there. When they cast her as a dumb blonde, that was there. She was always just Norma Jean to me.
"And the truth is - for some reason no-one ever says this - she could be sweet and adorable, but she could also be a real bitch."
Ted said he first saw Nancy Greene many years later, when she was a grown woman. She bore a striking resemblance to her famous mother, he said. Her hair was the same brown that Marilyn's was naturally, and the haunting eyes and shapely legs were the same.
"But she looks older than her years," Ted added. "The hard knocks of her tragic life have taken their toll."
A few days after this interview, Ted Jordan called to say he was the father of Marilyn's child." It's my child," he said emotionally, and without preamble.
"I've never told anyone this before. She is my child, and I'll get her back if I have to drag her back."
Ted would not give any details of Nancy Greene's life which could be checked, but said, "I'll be in touch with her again. People in Australia were very nice to me after the first book, and I'll be happy to let you know."