Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe


June 1, 1926

Born as:

Norma Jean Mortensen1


August 5, 1962

A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night


Norma Jean's mother (Gladys Baker), widowed and insane, abandoned her. She was was eventually committed to a mental institution. Norma Jean spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages2. She married in 1942, aged 16.

In the 1940s Norma Jean was asked to model to illustrate an article in Yank magazine and in 1946, she went to Hollywood to try to become an actress. Marilyn was barely visible in Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948) but with two supporting roles (as mistresses) in All about Eve (1950) and The Asphalt Jungle (1950) she reaped a mountain of fan mail.

Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a love goddess. In 1954 she began to grow discontented with her career, so she began to study at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio. A new contract3 offered her more creative control which gave her roles in The Seven-Year Itch (1955), Bus Stop (1956) and Some like it hot (1959).

In 1954, Marilyn married baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, her fame and sexual image became a problem. Nine months later Marilyn and Joe divorced.

In the early sixties she was bothered by many rumors of affairs, including with the President, John F. Kennedy, and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. In 1962 beset by depression and illness, Monroe died in her Los Angeles home, having taken an overdose of sleeping pills.4

  1. All About Eve (1950)
  2. Some Like It Hot (1959)
  3. The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
  4. The Misfits (1961)
  5. O. Henry’s Full House (1952)
  6. The Seven Year Itch (1955)
  7. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  8. Monkey Business (1952)
  9. Niagara (1953)
  10. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

  • Dangerous Years (1947)
  • Ladies of the Chorus (1948)
  • The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
  • The Fireball (1950)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • Home Town Story (1951)
  • As Young as You Feel (1951)
  • Love Nest (1951)
  • Let’s Make It Legal (1951)
  • Clash by Night (1952)
  • We’re Not Married! (1952)
  • Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)
  • Monkey Business (1952)
  • O. Henry’s Full House (1952)
  • Niagara (1953)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
  • River of No Return (1954)
  • There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
  • The Seven Year Itch (1955)
  • Bus Stop (1956)
  • The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Let’s Make Love (1960)
  • The Misfits (1961)
  • My week with Marilyn (2011)

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Telegraph - Gentlemen prefer Angelina
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