She was known for her roles in numerous commercially successful films during her time in the 1950s and is now considered one of the greatest pop culture icons of all time. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1926, and died August 5, 1962, at the age of 59.
She eventually adopted her mother’s maiden name, Baker. Norma Jeane was raised by 12 foster families and an orphanage during her life because her mother was periodically incarcerated in an asylum. She married a fellow aircraft manufacturing worker in 1942,
but the marriage ended in divorce not long after the war. In 1946, she obtained a short-term deal with Twentieth Century-Fox and adopted the screen name Marilyn Monroe after becoming a popular photographer’s model. In the wake of a few brief roles in Fox and Columbia Pictures productions, she returned to posing for the paparazzi. Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay! (1948) was the first of several minor parts for her when she appeared in a calendar shot.
For his minor, uncredited cameo in The Asphalt Jungle in 1950, Marilyn Monroe received a deluge of admirer mail. Her role in All About Eve (1950) earned her a second Fox contract as well as widespread acclaim. She rose to stardom in a string of films, including Let’s Make It Legal (1951), Love Nest (1951), Clash by Night (1952), and Niagara (1953), thanks to the studio’s promotion of her image as a “love goddess.”
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Her celebrity rose rapidly and spread over the world as a result of her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954). As a result of her wedding to baseball star Joe DiMaggio in 1954, she received a huge amount of media attention. She became dissatisfied with her work shortly after her marriage ended, which was only a year later.
To prepare for her roles in The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Bus Stop (1956), Monroe attended the Actors Studio in New York City. After marrying playwright Arthur Miller in 1956, she took a break from acting to star in Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl with her husband Laurence Olivier (1957).
In Some Like It Hot, she was recognized for the first time as a serious actress (1959). Miller penned the screenplay for her final film, The Misfits (1961), especially for her, even though she and Monroe’s marriage fell apart during filming; they divorced a year later.
Filming for Something’s Got to Give began in 1962. Her illness regularly kept her from the set, and she flew out to New York to sing “Happy Birthday” at an event for President John F. Kennedy, with whom she supposedly had an affair. In June, Monroe was let go from the movie. Work never resumed after she was rehired. Monroe died in her Los Angeles home from an overdose of sleeping medications (barbiturates) after several months of being a virtual hermit.
“Probable suicide” was the conclusion reached, reinforced by the actress’s history of drug abuse and past suicide attempts. She was also rumored to have had an affair with U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. However, some claimed that she was slain because she was threatening to divulge her relationship with the Kennedy brothers or because she had information linking the two men to organized crime. There was no proof to corroborate these assertions, but conspiracy theories continued to thrive despite this.
Monroe’s 23 films made more than $200 million in their initial runs, making her the most famous entertainment of her period. To begin as a dumb blonde, she later evolved into an anxious and sensitive lady who couldn’t escape the demands of Hollywood. As a result of her fragility, sensuality, and tragic demise, she became a cultural icon in America.
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