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SOME LIKE IT SCOT; Dog Sinatra gave to Marilyn came from Aviemore, says author: Exclusive.

Byline: Jack Mathieson

A DOG who was tragic screen legend Marilyn Monroe's constant companion in her last years came from Scotland, an author claims.

Maltese terrier Maf was given to Marilyn by Frank Sinatra to comfort her after she split from husband Arthur Miller.

Now the pooch, who Sinatra bought from actress Natalie Wood's dog-dealer mother Maria Gurdin, has been immortalised by author Andrew O'Hagan, who has done years of research on Monroe.

And the Ayrshire-born author believes he began life near Aviemore.

Actress Betsy Blair, the ex-wife of Gene Kelly, told O'Hagan that Maria Gurdin bought Maf in Sussex in 1960.

O'Hagan said: "The dealers in Sussex had got Maf from a farm near Aviemore. Maf was a Scottish dog.

"Marilyn loved him and said he was the only creature she knew she could rely on."

The writer first came across the story of Maf in 1999 when his dog tag and licence were auctioned.

The dog is the central figure in O'Hagan's new novel - The Life And Opinions Of Maf The Dog, And Of His Friend Marilyn Monroe.

He said: "I made Maf very Scottish because it was said to be historically accurate.But it was also lovely to think of Marilyn's dog spending the first part of his life scampering down Scottish roads."

After Marilyn's death in 1962, Maf was inherited by Sinatra's secretary, Gloria Lovell.

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