Marilyn Monroe was born June1926 and was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson. Monroe lived with foster parentsas her mother was unprepared for a child. Monroe then eventually moved back inwith her mother but her mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.Monroe continued to have troubled upbringing and was ‘forced’ into marrying to preventa return to the orphanage that she was placed in but they divorced in 1946.

 Monroe then started modellingand was offered a contract with 20th Century Fox earning $125 a weekon a 6-month contract to prevent her being contracted by R.K.O studios. Shefirst appeared in The Shocking Miss Pilgrim in 1947, however at the end of hercontract Fox refused to renew her contract, causing Monroe to go back tomodelling. After this, she joinedColombia Pictures in Ladies of the Chorus, however she was then dropped byColombia. After this she appeared in Love Happy in 1949 and then modelled forPlayboy magazine, of which she became a central figure of.

After modelling forPlayboy magazine, she was offered a Role in the Asphalt Jungle and All aboutEve in 1950 but it was described as a ‘Bit Part’ meaning that there was no morethan five lines of dialogue. After this point, her acting careerrose in attention. She appeared in Love Nest in 1951, then Don’t bother toknock where she played an unstable babysitter in 1952.

Later in the year she starredin Monkey Business (IMBD –,and then appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,further solidifying her trademark blonde look.  She then dated Joe DiMaggio and married on January14th, 1954. The couple had problems and a large argument was filmedon September 14th, 1954, where a month later Monroe filed for divorce. In 1953 she appeared in How to Marry a Millionaire,then There’s No Business Like Show Business in 1954, followed by The Seven YearItch in 1955. Monroe was suspended by Fox twice in 1955: first,for not appearing for the production of The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing andthen ditto for How to Be Very, Very Popular and she was replaced by otheractors. In 1956, she appeared in Bus Stop and marriedArthur Miller, but she later divorced him in 1960 as their relationshipencountered problems). In 1957, she appeared in The Prince and the Showgirlwhich was met with considerably less success.

In 1959, she appeared in SomeLike It Hot, which unlike The Prince and the Showgirl was a success.  1960, marked the start of the decline of her career.She appeared in Let’s Make Love but it was a critical failure. She had a severedrug addiction and had to spend a week detoxing in a hospital. In 1961, sheappeared in her final film, The Misfits, however, she was chosen to appear in Something’sGot to Give but she was fired for not appearing to set due to taking too muchsick leave. However, at the same time she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK atMadison Square Garden. Monroe died on August 5th, 1962, agedonly 36, where it was revealed she died of intentional overdosing because thedosages were many times the legal limit.

It has been stated by her doctors thatshe often had serve mood changes and depression which could cause unpredictablebehaviour.


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