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  1. Marilyn Monroe ( / ˈmærəlɪn mənˈroʊ /; born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Known for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as an emblem of the era's sexual revolution.

  2. Sep 14, 2023 · Marilyn Monroe, original name Norma Jeane Mortenson, later called Norma Jeane Baker, Jeane sometimes spelled Jean, (born June 1, 1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.—died August 5, 1962, Los Angeles), American actress who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful films during the 1950s, and who is considered a pop...

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  3. Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry.

    • June 1, 1926
    • August 5, 1962
    • Who Was Marilyn Monroe?
    • Early Life and Education
    • Career in Acting
    • Movies
    • 'The Asphalt Jungle'
    • 'All About Eve'
    • 'Niagara'
    • 'Gentleman Prefer Blondes'
    • 'How to Marry A Millionaire'
    • 'There's No Business Like Show Business'

    Actress Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. Her films grossed more than $200 million. She is known for her relationships with Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio and, possibly, President John F. Kennedy. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old.

    Monroe was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Monroe was named Norma Jeane Mortenson at birth (later baptized as Norma Jeane Baker). Growing up, Monroe spent much of her time in foster care and in an orphanage. In 1937, a family friend and her husband, Grace and Doc Goddard, took care of Monroe for a few years. The Goddards were paid...

    Monroe dreamt of becoming an actress like Jean Harlow and Lana Turner. When her husband was sent to the South Pacific, she began working in a munitions factory in Van Nuys, California. It was there that she was first discovered by a photographer. By the time Dougherty returned in 1946, Monroe had a successful career as a model. That year, she signe...

    During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. Monroe's most notable films include:

    Monroe's small part in John Huston's crime drama The Asphalt Jungle(1950) was her first movie to garner her a lot of attention.

    In 1950, Monroe impressed audiences and critics alike with her performance as Claudia Caswell in All About Eve, starring Bette Davis.

    In 1953, Monroe delivered a star-making turn in Niagara, as a young married woman out to kill her husband with help from her lover.

    The emerging sex symbol was paired with another bombshell, Jane Russell, for the hit musical comedyGentlemen Prefer Blondes. In the film, two showgirls travel to Paris and are pursued by a private detective, hired by the father of Monroe's fiancé, along with many other admirers.

    Monroe continued to find success in a string of light comedic fares, such as How to Marry a Millionaire, with Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall. The three women set out to find millionaires to marry in the film, but they find true love instead.

    In 1954, Monroe starred alongside Ethel Merman and Donald O'Connor in another romantic comedy, There's No Business Like Show Business, about a couple whose marriage starts to unravel when the husband (O'Connor) meets a hat-check girl (Monroe).

  4. Sep 11, 2020 · Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962, yet she's remained an unforgettable icon for more than half a century. As with many pop-culture figures, some overly hyped aspects of Monroe's story —...

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