Born: 01/06/1926 ★
Place: United States
Died: 05/08/1962 ✝
Place: United States
Monroe, originally Norma Jeane Mortenson, and then shortly thereafter Norma Jeane Baker (Baker being the last name of her mother’s husband before Martin Mortensen, Monroe’s father), was born in 1926 and spent most of her early years in foster care and some time in an orphanage. Her father ran off before she was born and her mother had severe mental problems, including ultimately being placed in a mental institution. When she was 16 years old, her foster parents moved and could no longer afford to keep her. In order to avoid having to go back to an orphanage, she married her first husband, 21 year old Jimmy Dougherty in June of 1942; apparently not entirely by choice, though this point has been disputed. Monroe herself stated about it, “Grace McKee arranged the marriage for me, I never had a choice. There’s not much to say about it. They couldn’t support me, and they had to work out something. And so I got married.”
After Jimmy left, Norma Jeane took a job on the assembly line at the Radio Plane Munitions factory in Burbank, California. Several months later, "Yank" magazine photographer David Conover saw her while taking pictures of women contributing to the war effort. Conover used Norma Jeane for the shoot, then began to send modeling jobs her way. Within two years, she was a reputable model with numerous popular magazine covers to her credit. Norma Jeane began to study the work of legendary actresses Jean Harlow and Lana Turner, and enrolled in drama classes. She was forced to make a hard choice between her marriage and her career, when Jimmy returned from the war in 1946. Norma Jeane divorced him in June 1946, and signed her first studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox in August.
Marilyn Monroe started going by that name in 1946 around the same time she dyed her hair blonde. However, she didn’t legally change it to Marilyn Monroe until 1953, seven years later. Funny enough, she stated, “I’ve never liked the name Marilyn. I’ve often wished that I had held out that day for Jean Monroe. But I guess it’s too late to do anything about it now.” She changed her name initially at the behest of Ben Lyon of 20th Century-Fox. He chose the name “Carol Lind” for her, but she hated it. She then chose Monroe, after her mother’s maiden name, and Lyon chose the Marilyn part, which he liked better than her first choice of Jeane Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe was on the cover of the first ever Playboy magazine in 1953.
Monroe was almost propositioned by the Prince of Monaco, Prince Rainier, being one of the women he was considering for his future wife. However, he instead chose to marry actress Grace Kelly, at which point she quit acting. Monroe had three official marriages, all of which ended in divorce. The first was with James Dougherty, the second with Joe DiMaggio and the third with Arthur Miller.
Monroe participated in 33 films and recorded and recorded 12 songs, including "Happy Birthday, Mr. President".
Despite being one of the most jaw-dropping beautiful and most widely spoken about actresses of all time, much mystery surrounds the beautiful Norma Jeane Mortenson a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe. This beautiful and legendary actress is famously known for her divinely breathy voice and stunning hourglass figure.