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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1st 1926 - August 5th 1962) Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic Hollywood actresses to have ever lived and is best known for starring in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and 'Some Like It Hot' among others, as well as for being one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Net worth: Marilyn Monroe's net worth was around $370,000 at the time of her death ($2.17 million in today's money) (Forbes).
Childhood: Marilyn Monroe was born in LA. Her parents were Gladys Baker and, according to Marilyn's birth certificate, her ex husband Martin Mortensen - though Marilyn had always denied he was her biological father, instead believing that it was Charles Gifford.
Marilyn was in and out of foster care all her childhood due to her mother's mental health problems, being cared for first by Albert and Ida Bolender before returning to her mother who was quickly sectioned. She later lived with her mother's friend Grace McKee, who introduced her to the world of cinema, but she left to live with her great-aunt Olive Brunings due to Grace's husband attempts to sexually abuse Marilyn. However, she was once again attacked by family members. She had a positive life living with her Aunt Ana, but she then went back to Grace.
During that time she met her first boyfriend Jim Dougherty who she was forced to marry due to her unstable living arrangements. She attended Van Nuys High School, before working at the Radioplane Munitions Factory while husband Jim served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
She then joined the Blue Book Modeling Agency, dying her brunette hair blonde. Her modelling success attracted the attention of film executive Ben Lyon, who encouraged Marilyn's name change. She chose 'Monroe', her mother's maiden name, while Lyon decided on 'Marilyn' because she reminded him of Marilyn Miller. During her early acting career, she enrolled at the University of California studying literature and art appreciation.
Film career: Marilyn Monroe's first credited movie role was in 1947's 'Dangerous Years'. In 1948, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures and subsequently appeared in the musical 'Ladies of the Chorus'. She went back to modelling after her film career then began to wane, and posed nude for photographer Tom Kelly. Things started to look up in 1949 when she appeared in the Marx Brothers' 'Love Happy' and, after a few more brief screen roles, she landed her breakthrough role in 'The Asphalt Jungle' opposite Louis Calhern and later appeared in the comedy 'All About Eve'.
In 1952, a nude photograph of Marilyn leaked, but there was much speculation over whether or not it was her. She admitted to posing for the pictures to pay her rent, prompting much sympathy from the media and the public, and the photo later featured in Playboy. There was much interest in Marilyn and her unhappy background thence forth making her 1952 film 'Clash by Night' rather popular. In 1953, she appeared in 'Niagara', where it started to become clear that she was not the easiest person to work with due to her erratic behaviour caused by her stage fright. Though her performance was well reviewed, many commented negatively on what they viewed as 'vulgarity' during promotional events. Later that year, she starred alongside Jane Russell in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' in which she sang the famous song 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend'. Despite her dedication to the role, she was increasingly late to the set annoying director Howard Hawks.
'How to Marry a Millionaire' came next, also starring Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall. She had further director struggles during the filming of 'River Of No Return' with Otto Preminger becoming annoyed by Marilyn's acting coach Natasha Lytess' constant presence, and thus the actress refused to speak to him. In 1954, she appeared in the poorly reviewed 'There's No Business Like Show Business'.
The following year, she landed a role in 'The Seven Year Itch' which featured the famous scene depicting Marilyn in a white dress with her skirt blown up. She subsequently had a close friendship with photographer Milton Greene, who advised her to break away from her financially crippling contract with 20th Century Fox and even mortgaged his home to help fund her career as well as offering her accomodation.
After briefly being mentored in acting by Constance Collier before his death, she went on to study under Lee Strasberg who became extremely impressed with her progress. She appeared in 'Bus Stop' in 1956 opposite Don Murray and, while impressing critics with her much improved acting performance, subsequently landed a Golden Globe nomination.
She co-starred with Laurence Olivier in the following year's 'The Prince and the Showgirl' which landed her a BAFTA nomination. Olivier later admitted that he, like 'River Of No Return' director Preminger, found the presence of her acting coach (now Paula Strasberg) irksome. She was in 1959's 'Some Like It Hot' which also starred Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. While it was expected that she would be suffering stage fright and would often be late, director Billy Wilder did not expect her behaviour to be so aggressive as it turned out to be. However, despite her unpredictability, she won a Golden Globe for her role.
Her penultimate film was 'Let's Make Love' in which she starred alongside Yves Montand. Her tardiness became a problem during the filming once again, but Montand was able to improve her attitude. Her last completed film was 1960's 'The Misfits' starring Clark Gable, during which she was frequently ill. She was later hospitalised for undisclosed reasons, while some of the other actors also took ill from exhaustion.
Before her death, she began filming 'Something's Got to Give' with Dean Martin, though she was still getting sick a lot. 20th Century Fox attempted to sue her due to her lack of attendance in filming, as she often appeared in the media and magazines looking perfectly well. She famously sang 'Happy Birthday' to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962.
Personal life: Marilyn Monroe had surgery to 'soften' her appearance at the suggestion of her early associates. She had a bump removed from her nose and her slight overbite corrected. In the early fifties, she dated baseball player Joe DiMaggio whom she married in 1954. They divorced that same year.
She soon re-married to director Arthur Miller but their marriage also ended in 1961. She suffered two miscarriages during their marriage. She also had an affair with actor Yves Montand, which ended when he refused to leave his wife.
There are claims that she was also very briefly married to Bob Slatzer, as well as that she had an affair with both John and Robert Kennedy. In her final years, she began seeing a psychiatrist while suffering from insomnia. She began taking prescription medication from several doctors, while refusing any help from her husband. She also developed a dependence on alcohol. Following her second divorce, she attended the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic before transferring to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
She took a break from acting as she recovered in hospital, during which time she had surgery on her fallopian tubes and gallbladder. Marilyn died on August 5th 1962 from 'acute barbiturate poisoning' in what was thought to be suicide. There has, however, been much speculation surrounding her death, particularly with her last phone call being to President John F. Kennedy.
Paris Hilton is reportedly pitching an "unflinching" documentary of her life in Cannes.
The Simple Life star who made millions after launching herself as a reality television star is producing the authorised documentary which is being launched at the Cannes Film Festival, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter. 9.14 Pictures and XYZ Films will announce the as yet untitled documentary which aims to give an insight into the life of the "businesswoman, entrepreneur and media icon" at Cannes on Wednesday (11May16).
Documentary maker Don Argott and film producer Sheena Joyce will direct the project, with production slated to begin in Ibiza at the end of summer.
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The Cream Ensemble Joan Collins Wore When She Was Made A Dame Earlier This Year (15) Has Sold For Four Times Its Initial Auction Estimate.
The Dynasty icon cleared out her closets and vast collection of memorabilia for the Julien's Auctions sale last week (ends18Dec15), and among the highlights was the custom dress and matching caplet she wore for her royal investiture ceremony in March (15).
The lot had been expected to fetch at least $5,000 (£3,333), but it was snapped up for an impressive $20,025 (£13,350).
Another big draw was a metal cast of Marilyn Monroe's hand and footprints for the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, which had a final bid of $45,025 (£30,017). The late blonde bombshell's conversion to Judaism certificate also went under the hammer, selling for $68,750 (£45,833).
Continue reading: Joan Collins' Investiture Outfit Smashes Auction Estimates
A new book 'Sinatra: The Chairman' claims Marilyn Monroe declined Frank Sinatra's wedding proposal.
The 'Come Fly With Me' crooner is believed to have asked the actress - who died of a drugs overdose, aged 36, in 1962 - for her hand in marriage in 1961, a year before her death, but she reportedly turned him down to get back together with her estranged husband Joe DiMaggio.
Sinatra's closest aide Jilly Rizzo told 'Sinatra: The Chairman' author James Kaplan: ''Yeah, Frank wanted to marry the broad. He asked her and she said no.''
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Frank Sinatra allegedly asked Marilyn Monroe to marry him to ‘save her from herself’, a new biography claims.
A new Frank Sinatra biography has revealed some interesting details about the crooner’s obsession with Marilyn Monroe and their long, turbulent relationship. New details have come to light suggesting Sinatra was besotted with Monroe and even proposed to her.
Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe photographed together in 1962 at Sinatra's house in Nevada.
Playboy magazine will no longer publish full-frontal nudity in a dramatic redesign that will take place next year.
Hugh Hefner has decided to stop publishing full-frontal nudity in Playboy magazine.
The 89-year-old media mogul's legendary adult publication - which has printed raunchy pictures of the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Pamela Anderson since its inception 62 years ago - will make a number of changes from March 2016, with the biggest being the move to make provocative pictures of women rated PG-13.
Bosses on the magazine have made the change because of the popularity of online pornography.
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The Demolition Of A House Where Marilyn Monroe Once Lived Has Triggered A Legal Spat In Los Angeles.
The actress spent around a year living at the home in the San Fernando Valley before her acting career took off.
The house has been torn down to make way for a new apartment building, but a group of local residents objected to the demolition plans.
The campaign group, titled Save Valley Village, filed a request with local authorities to have the house declared a national monument.
Continue reading: Marilyn Monroe Home At Centre Of Legal Spat
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" sketch of Marilyn Monroe's dress - Profiles In History Multi-Million Dollar Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Preview at Profiles In History - Calabasas, California, United States - Saturday 26th September 2015
A Hat Belonging To Tragic Hollywood Icon Marilyn Monroe Is Expected To Fetch Up To $35,000 (£21,875) At Auction.
The floppy felt headwear, made by New York milliners Madcaps, will go on sale at Nate D. Sanders auctioneers on Thursday(27Aug15), along with a picture of the actress wearing it.
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A Song By Marilyn Monroe Is Set To Hit The Charts For The First Time After It Was Resurrected By Music Producer Timbaland.
The late Hollywood icon, who died in 1962, recorded the track Down Boy for her 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but it was cut from the final version of the film and never released.
Rapper/producer Timbaland is now sampling the swing number in a new track after striking a deal with Jack Allen, who owns the rights to Down Boy.
Allen tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "This is a beautiful song. Timbaland is working with it in the studio, so I can't wait to see what happens."
Timbaland is sampling the unreleased Marilyn Monroe track 'Down Boy' after meeting with photographer and TV executive Jack Allen, who owns the rights to the song.
The 43-year-old record producer is sampling the late 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' actress' only unreleased track, a swing number titled 'Down Boy' 53 years after she died of an overdose.
The song - which has never been heard before - was originally recorded for the 1953 movie but while her rendition of 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' became a hit, 'Down Boy' was cut from the final edit.
Continue reading: Timbaland To Sample Unreleased Marilyn Monroe Track
The Weeknd wrote a track from his new album in Marilyn Monroe's old bedroom, but couldn't help but think about her ex-husband's essence while in her boudoir.
The 25-year-old musician revealed his song 'In the Night' from his upcoming third major label album 'Beauty Behind the Madness' was penned in the boudoir of the late movie star because his producer Max Martin's studio is situated in her old house.
He explained: ''I came up with the concept for a song called 'In the Night' in her bedroom. That was pretty amazing.''
Continue reading: The Weeknd Wrote Song In Marilyn Monroe's Bedroom
Brooke Anderson - A variety of celebrities were snapped as they attended Lifetime's Miniseries "The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe" Special Screening And Panel Inside which was held at the Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th May 2015
Giacomo Gianniotti - A variety of celebrities were snapped as they attended Lifetime's Miniseries "The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe" Special Screening And Panel Inside which was held at the Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th May 2015
Steven Michaels - A variety of celebrities were snapped as they attended Lifetime's Miniseries "The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe" Special Screening And Panel Inside which was held at the Theatre At The Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th May 2015
Date of birth
1st June, 1926
Date of death
5th August, 1962
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