James Dougherty (12 de abril de 1921 – 15 de agosto de 2005) foi um policial e escritor norte-americano, mais conhecido por ter sido o primeiro marido da atriz Marilyn Monroe, que casou com a mesma quando esta tinha apenas 16 anos de idade, numa tentaiva bem sucedida para Marilyn escapar ao orfanato. Contudo, separaram-se poucos meses após a mesma ter iniciado sua carreira artística.
- "James Dougherty, Monroe's First Husband". LIFE. August 21, 2005. Retrieved May 7, 2011. "When he discovered Marilyn at the age of 15, she was rough around the edges. She was pretty much a tomboy. They met at Van Nuys High School in California. And Jim really feminized her, took her everywhere with him and showed her the world. He was a bon vivant, great sense of humor, and he brought that out in her, really refined her, even kind of showed her how to walk and be sexy. That was kind of Jim's way of showing her how to be a sexy woman."