Marilyn Monroe is undoubtedly one of the most famous actresses of all-times. She is also one of the most beautiful women in the world. Here’s a list of interesting things about this legendary actress of the 20th century.
1.) Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
2.) She was an American film actress, model, singer and film producer who became the most famous international sex symbol of the 20th century.
3.) Monroe was the daughter of an emotionally unstable mother and she spent a troubled childhood in foster homes and orphanages.
4.) At a young age of 16, Norma Jean entered into an ill-fated marriage.
5.) In 1944, she was noticed by a US Army photographer while she was working in a defense plant.
6.) The photographer induced her to pose for posters for the troops and she became instantly popular as a model.
7.) Monroe soon found other assignments and registered with a modeling agency, which sent her to charm school and put her on a number of magazine covers.
8.) Two years later, she was signed by the 20th Century-Fox film studio in 1946 and starred in 2 films with small parts.
9.) In 1948 she was briefly under contract to Columbia Pictures.
10.) She made appearances in a low-budget musical, Ladies of the Chorus (1949), and in the film Love Happy (1949), in which she had a bit part.
11.) In 1950 20th Century-Fox signed Monroe to another contract, and over the next few years she appeared in a series of small parts in films that began to gain her increased attention.
12.) Films that slowly brought her to stardom include Asphalt Jungle (1950), All About Eve (1950), Love Nest (1951), Clash By Night (1952) and Monkey Business (1952)
13.) Monroe had her first lead role in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) where she portrayed a psychotic babysitter.
14.) By 1953 she was appearing as a star in such films as Niagara, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (as Lorelei Lee).
15.) The sex-symbol phase of her career followed. She captured the world with her wide-eyed charm, physical voluptuousness, and natural sex appeal.
16.) She became internationally renowned and her looks and mannerisms were widely imitated.
17.) Her popular films during which she was 20th Century-Fox’s leading box-office attraction include River of No Return (1954), There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954), and The Seven-Year Itch (1955).
18.) In 1954 Monroe married the legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio. They divorced in 1955.
19.) In 1956 she married playwright Arthur Miller, whom she had met in New York City and who later scripted her last film.
20.) Some of her notable films in the late 1950s through early 1960s include The Prince and the Showgir (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959), and Let’s Make Love (1960).
21.) His final film was “The Misfits” in 1961which was written by her 3rd husband – Arthur Miller whom she divorced a week after the film opened.
22.) Months prior to her death, she was under the constant care of a psychiatrist due to depression, illness, drugs and alcohol.
23.) In the summer of 1962 she was fired from the set of her latest picture.
24.) After a month, she was found dead in her home, the apparent victim of a barbiturate overdose although suicide was not ruled out.
25.) Monroe’s autobiography, My Story, appeared in 1974, and many celebrity biographies and collections of still photographs of her have also been published.
26.) Marilyn Monroe’s life has been the subject of several documentaries and fictionalized film treatments.
27.) She died on August 5, 1962 at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Monroe was 36 years old.
28.) The Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded that the cause of her death as "acute barbiturate poisoning," resulting from a "probable suicide."
29.) The body of Monroe was claimed by Joe DiMaggio, her second husband, and he arranged her funeral. For the next 20 years, he had a half-dozen red roses delivered to her crypt three times a week.
30.) Monroe is alleged to have had affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy.
31.) The dress that she wore on May 19, 1962, her last significant public appearance, singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” at a birthday party for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, was specially designed and made for her by Jean Louis, sold at an auction in 1999 for $1.26 million.
32.) Marlon Brando, in his autobiography Songs My Mother Taught Me, claimed that he had had a relationship with Monroe, and enduring friendship lasting until her death.
33.) Monroe also suffered two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy during her three marriages.
34.) Monroe's Brentwood home was put up for sale by Prudential California Realty in 2010 and the house was sold for $3.6 million.
35.) She was born a Christian and converted to Jewish religion in 1956.
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