MARILYN MONROE

Birth name: Norma Jeane Mortenson

Hair Color: Natural Brown Dyed Blonde

Eye Color: Blue

Height: 5' 5"

Nickname: "The Blonde Bombshell"

Quote: "Boys think girls are like books, if they don't like the cover they won't bother to read what's inside."

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of sixteen. While working in a radioplane factory in 1944 as part of the war effort, she was introduced to a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit and began a successful pin-up modeling career. The work led to short-lived film contracts with Twentieth Century-Fox (1946–1947) and Columbia Pictures (1948). After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in 1951. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress and had roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business, and in the dramas Clash by Night and Don't Bother to Knock. Monroe faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photos before becoming a star, but rather than damaging her career, the story resulted in increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars; she had leading roles in the noir film Niagara, which focused on her sex appeal, and the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a "dumb blonde". Although she played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career, she was disappointed at being typecast and underpaid by the studio. She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project, but returned to star in one of the biggest box office successes of her career, The Seven Year Itch (1955).

When the studio was still reluctant to change her contract, Monroe founded a film production company in late 1954; she named it Marilyn Monroe Productions (MMP). She dedicated 1955 to building her company and began studying method acting at the Actors Studio. In late 1955, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary. Her subsequent roles included a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and the first independent production of MMP, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). Monroe won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work in Some Like It Hot (1959), which was a critical and commercial success. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961).

Monroe's troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. She had two highly publicized marriages, to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, both of which ended in divorce. On August 5, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles. Although Monroe's death was ruled a probable suicide, several conspiracy theories have been proposed in the decades following her death.

FILMOGRAPHY

1947

Dangerous Years

1948

Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!

Ladies of the Chorus

1949

Love Happy

1950

A Ticket to Tomahawk

The Asphalt Jungle

All About Eve

The Fireball

1951

Right Cross

Home Town Story

As Young as You Feel

Love Nest

Let's Make It Legal

1952

Clash by Night

We're Not Married!

Don't Bother to Knock

Monkey Business

O. Henry's Full House

1953

Niagara

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

How to Marry a Millionaire

1954

River of No Return

There's No Business Like Show Business

1955

The Seven Year Itch

1956

Bus Stop

1957

The Prince and the Showgirl

1959

Some Like It Hot

1960

Let's Make Love

1961

The Misfits

1962

Something's Got to Give (unfinished)

For more about Marilyn Monroe please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Monroe

CLICK HERE FOR MORE CLASSIC MOVIE STARS

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR AMAZON STORE

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR EBAY STORE

updated 4-28-2018