Marilyn Monroe : Biography
Stormy sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, was born Norma Jean Baker on June 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her widowed mother was a film-cutter at RKO, and had severe issues with insanity. She abandoned Norma Jean to sequence of foster homes.
At the age of sixteen she worked in an aircraft plant and married a man by the name of James Dougherty. While he joined the military, she began to model, they divorced in 1946.
In 1953, she married and divorced baseball great Joe DiMaggio. Her marriage to Joe was ill-fated though, and it only lasted a short time. Yet, it has been said many times (and DiMaggio has admitted to; sending flowers to her grave every day for years after her death).
On August 5, 1962 she was found dead in her Brentwood home, officially victim of barbiturate overdose.
Marilyn Monroe: Career
Norma Jean studied acting at the Actors' lab in Hollywood, and took literature courses at UCLA downtown. 20th Century Fox gave her a contract but let it lapse a year later. During this time Norma Jean began her transformation to Marilyn Monroe.
In 1948 Columbia gave her a six-month contract, turned her over to coach Natasha Lytess and featured her in the B movie Ladies of the Chorus for which she sang two numbers.
Joseph Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and put her in All About Eve w/ Bette Davis, because of which 20th Century re-signed her to a seven-year contract. Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar.
After Itch she wanted serious acting to replace the sexpot image and went to New York's Actors Studio. She worked with director Lee Strasberg and also underwent psychoanalysis to learn more about herself. Critics praised her transformation in Bus Stop (1956) and the press was stunned by her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller. True to form, she had no veil to match her beige wedding dress so she dyed one in coffee; he wore one of the two suits he owned. Monroe and Miller went to England where she mbegan the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier. During this time, her fighting with Miller became very frequent and she fell further prey to alcohol and pills. Two miscarriages and gynecological surgery followed.
Work on her last picture The Misfits (1961), written for her by departing husband Miller was interrupted by exhaustion. She was dropped from Something's Got to Give due to chronic lateness and drug dependency.
Marilyn Monroe: Movies
Hollywood Couples Collection (2005), Marilyn's Man (2004), The Misfits (1961), Let's Make Love (1960), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), Bus Stop (1956), The Seven Year Itch (1955), River of No Return (1954), There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Niagara (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Clash by Night (1952), Don't Bother to Knock (1952), Monkey Business (1952), We're Not Married (1952), As Young As You Feel (1951), Hometown Story (1951), Let's Make It Legal (1951), Love Nest (1951), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), All About Eve (1950), Ladies of the Chorus (1949), Love Happy (1949)