The sexiest, most influential star ever. Often imitated, never duplicated, and the "world's most advertised woman".
Norma Jeane Mortensen (later baptized as "Baker" ) was born on June 1st 1926 in Los Angeles, CA. She spent most of her childhood in orphanages and foster homes until she married James Dougherty on June 19th, 1942 at the age of 16. Her husband became a marine and was sent to the South Pacific in 1944. She worked at Radio Plane Munitions Factory while he was gone from 1944 to 1946. She was on the cover of "Family Circle" in 1946, her first cover photograph. Two months later she was photographed at the plant by Yank Magaze and made it on her second cover. The photographer told her she would be a great model so she took acting classes, dyed her hair blond, and landed a contract with 20th century fox, changing her name to Marilyn Monroe (adopting her grandmother's last name).
Marilyn's rise to stardom took it's toll on her marriage and she ultimately had to choose between fame and her husband. She divorced Jimmy Dougherty in June of 1946 and signed contracts with Columbia pictures and MGM soon after. She played small roles in quite a few movies such as "Asphalt Jungle" and "Monkey Business", until her first big role in 1953 as "Rose Loomis" in "Niagra". Marilyn went on to star in other movies such as "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" and "How To Marry A Millionaire", and by the age of 27 she was voted "The Best New Actress of 1953".
Marilyn married her second husband, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, on January 14, 1954. Her fame and sexual image put a strain on their marriage, and nine months later they divorced. Marilyn took a brief break from acting and then in 1956 started her own motion picture company called "Marilyn Monroe Productions". Her company produced "Bus Stop" and "The Price and The Show Girl", in which Marilyn's roles showed the world that she was a talented and versatile actress. She went on to win a Golden Globe for "Best Actress In A Comedy" in 1959 for her role in "Some Like It Hot".
Marilyn married her third husband, playwright author Arthur Miller on June 29, 1956. Aurthur wrote a special part for Marilyn as "Roslyn Taber" in 1961's "The Misfits"., which would sadly be Marilyn's last completed movie. Marilyn's third marriage to Aurther ended on January 20, 1961. Marilyn went on to win another Golden Globe in 1962 for " Female World Film Favorite".
On August 5th 1962, Marilyn passed away in her sleep at the young age of 36 in her Brentwood, CA home (that she had purchased six months prior). She was in a total of 30 completed movies, leaving her last movie "Something's Gotta Give" uncompleted.