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Also Known As: Norma Jean Baker, Norma Jeane Mortenson Died: August 5, 1962
Born: June 1, 1926 Cause of Death: barbituates overdose
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, negative cutter, model, paint sprayer

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In life, Marilyn Monroe possessed a unique combination of earthy sexuality and childlike innocence, which informed every aspect of her brief but memorable career as an actress in films like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953), "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) and "Some Like It Hot" (1959). Those same qualities helped to preserve her in the annals of Hollywood history after her untimely and controversial death in 1962, when she transcended the bounds of stardom to become an iconic figure discussed, celebrated and excoriated in countless biographies and merchandise. Eventually, she became a prism for the world to view all manner of dichotomous socio-political issues: the heights and price of success, the adoration and exploitation of women, the truth and fiction behind the Hollywood dream. All of these elements kept Monroe relevant to pop culture and history, as well as economically viable, long after other celebrities had faded from memory. And though many studio-created sex symbols came before and after Monroe, it was her unique vulnerability - women wanted to be her; men wanted to protect her - that made her stand out from the crowd. Sadly, the men her life could never fill the void made by her tragic...

In life, Marilyn Monroe possessed a unique combination of earthy sexuality and childlike innocence, which informed every aspect of her brief but memorable career as an actress in films like "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953), "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) and "Some Like It Hot" (1959). Those same qualities helped to preserve her in the annals of Hollywood history after her untimely and controversial death in 1962, when she transcended the bounds of stardom to become an iconic figure discussed, celebrated and excoriated in countless biographies and merchandise. Eventually, she became a prism for the world to view all manner of dichotomous socio-political issues: the heights and price of success, the adoration and exploitation of women, the truth and fiction behind the Hollywood dream. All of these elements kept Monroe relevant to pop culture and history, as well as economically viable, long after other celebrities had faded from memory. And though many studio-created sex symbols came before and after Monroe, it was her unique vulnerability - women wanted to be her; men wanted to protect her - that made her stand out from the crowd. Sadly, the men her life could never fill the void made by her tragic childhood and her one true love would ultimately end up being the camera, to which she revealed the real Norma Jean in all her beauty and torment.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Misfits (1961) Roslyn Taber
2.
 Let's Make Love (1960) Amanda Dell
3.
 Some Like It Hot (1959) Sugar Kane Kowalcyzk
4.
 The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) Elsie [Marina]
5.
 Bus Stop (1956) Cherie
6.
 The Seven Year Itch (1955) The girl
7.
 There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) Victoria Hoffman, also known as Victoria Parker
8.
 River of No Return (1954) Kay
9.
 How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Pola Debevoise
10.
 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Lorelei Lee
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Milestones close milestones

:
Was raised in a succession of foster homes
1945:
Became model at Blue Book Agency
1946:
Screen test at 20th Century-Fox; signed contract that was dropped the following year
1948:
Signed contract with Columbia; dropped after one film
1950:
Signed seven-year contract with Fox
:
Formed Marilyn Monroe productions with photographer Milton H Greene
1962:
Fired by 20th Century-Fox
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Education

Van Nuys High School: Van Nuys , California -
Emerson Junior High School: -
Morris Carnovsky Actor's Lab: -
Actors Studio: New York , New York - 1955

Notes

"Her on-screen persona was basically sexless. In her most famous films, she was a cartoon, a parody of femininity. Paired with sexless leading men like David Wayne, Tommy Noonan, Tom Ewell, or as in 'Some Like It Hot,' men who were in drag and/or pretending to be impotent, Monroe was all display and no action. Her on-screen relations with the opposite sex were infantile and tentative . . . The legend of Monroe's screen sexuality is more accurately a myth. She was the perfect, pliable non-threatening female figure for the frightened '50s: no anger, no inner life, no control of her own sensuality." --Denis Ferrara writing in Talk magazine's special issue "An Oscar Odyssey, March 2001.

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husband:
Jim Dougherty. Factory worker. Married on June 19, 1942; divorced in September 1946; worked at Lockheed with Robert Mitchum.
husband:
Joe DiMaggio. Pro baseball player. Introduced in 1950; married in January 1954; divorced October in 1954; died at age 84 on March 8, 1999.
husband:
Arthur Miller. Playwright. Married on June 29, 1956; divorced on January 21, 1961.

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father:
Edward Mortenson. Deserted Gladys Baker before daughter was born.
step-father:
C Stanley Gifford. Worked for Consolidated Film Industries.
mother:
Gladys Baker. Film cutter. Spent years institutionalized for psychiatric problems.
half-sister:
Bernice Miracle.
foster sister:
Eleanor Goddard. Born in December 1926; died on February 11, 2000.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"My Story"
"Marilyn: The Ultimate Look at the Legend" Henry Holt & Co
"Marilyn Monroe" Weidenfeld & Nicolson
"The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe" William Morrow
"Blonde" Ecco
"The Marilyn Diaries"
"Blonde Heat" Watson-Guptill Publications
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