One of the most flabbergasting facts of American cultural life is that Gloria Steinem knew Marilyn Monroe. Not well, but they were both in Lee Strasberg's method acting class.
An interesting review of Steinem's book about Monroe appeared in the NYTimes in 1986, headlined Please Don't Make Me a Joke.
The NYTimes wrote in 1984 about Steinem's 50th birthday party.
Steinem is interviewed about her writings about Monroe.