Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. She was born in Los Angeles, California to Gladys Baker. He father’s name was unknown, so she took the name Norma Jeane Baker later on. Her mother suffered psychological problems, and was committed to a mental institution. Norma Jeane then spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages until getting married at the age of sixteen.
After her husband left for the military, she became a worker in a factory until she got noticed by a photographer. The photographer supplied her with several modeling jobs. After two years she was on the cover of several famous magazines and taking drama classes. Norma Jeane divorced her husband upon his return from the military, after having to choose between her marriage and her career.
After her divorce she signed a studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox, earning $125 a week. She died her hair blonde and took the name Marilyn Monroe directly after. She played several small parts in movies such as “The Asphalt Jungle” and “All About Eve”. She had great success in the movie “Niagara”, which lead her on to play more leading roles in bigger movies. She was announced the Best New Actress of 1953 in “Photoplay” magazine. The Following year, Marilyn Monroe married the baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, all the fame that Marilyn received made her husband uncomfortable, and the couple got divorced nine months later.
Marilyn moved to New York City and formed her own filming company. The movies produced afterward would show her versatility as an actress. In 1959, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Comedy for her role in “Some Like It Hot”.
In June of 1956, Marilyn married the playwright Arthur Miller. In 1961 he wrote a part in “The Misfits” especially for her. Unfortunately, their marriage ended later that year. “The Misfits” turned out to be the last film completed for both of them. At the 1962 Golden Globes, the female World Film Favorite went to Marilyn, proving how popular the actress was.
Later that year, Marilyn died in her sleep by a sleeping pill overdose at the age of 36 on August 5. Her funeral was three days later at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. Over her lifetime she completed about 30 films and left one unfinished.
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